Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has fired back at the National Party after negative comments were made after Budget 2018 was announced today.
"I have heard this budget accused of many things. In fact, I've heard it called many, many things," Ms Ardern said in parliament.
"Before we came in to this debating chamber today, it was called 'the brain drain' budget. Now, I can only imagine, Mr Speaker, that was somehow a reference to some of the activity in this debating chamber in recent times, and all I can say is it's not our fault Bill English left."
Maori Public Health boss Lance Norman told politicians today that 35 per cent of Maori still smoke, along with 25 per cent of Pasifika and 12-13 per cent of all other ethnicities.