Watch as beaming PM Jacinda Ardern congratulates Grant Robertson on his first Budget speech with massive hug

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stepped up to congratulate her Finance Minister Grant Robertson at the end of his first Budget speech, as applause rang out in Parliament this afternoon.

Labour Party deputy leader Kelvin Davis, seated next to Mr Robertson, was the first to offer congratulations to him after be concluded his Budget speech with the Maori greeting "tena koutou".

Ms Ardern, seated nearby next to New Zealand First leader Winston Peters, then stepped from her seat and walked over to congratulate Mr Robertson with a hug.

The Prime Minister is due to give birth to her first child in just over four weeks, on Sunday June 17.

Mr Peters will become Acting Prime Minister for several weeks while Ms Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford care for their new baby.

Mr Gayford will then become stay-at-home dad when Ms Ardern returns to the Prime Minister's office.

The Government side of their house rose to applaud the Finance Minister after he presented his first Budget today. Source: 1 NEWS

'Behind every single dollar is an un-met need' - Adern explains thinking behind first Budget

Jacinda Ardern has defended her first Budget as prime minister with a passionate defence in Parliament this afternoon.

Responding to opposition leader Simon Bridges' scathing assessment, Ms Ardern said this years Budget laid a foundation for the future.

"Budgets, even when designed to serve an entire country - an entire population - is still a very personal thing, because behind every single dollar is a story," Ms Ardern said.

It follows comments from the Opposition calling the Budget a “brain drain”. Source: 1 NEWS

"Behind every single dollar is an un-met need.

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"No decision in this budget was made lightly. No decision was ever flippant or less important than the other. Each was considered, it was prioritised; it was balanced to form some firm foundations for the future."

Ms Ardern also took the time to thank Finance Minister Grant Robertson for his work on the budget.


Hundreds of Wairarapa farmers gather to seek answers on Mycoplasma bovis outbreak

Over 100 frustrated farmers have packed a church in Pahiatua looking for answers and information over the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis.

Representatives from MPI, Dairy NZ, Beef and Lamb, Federated Farmers and local politicians are giving speeches to concerned farmers informing them on the current status of the outbreak.

Only one farm in Pahiatua has been confirmed to be infected with the disease, the government-owned Rangesdale Station.

Frank Peters says having to cull his stock is an overreaction. Source: 1 NEWS

However Graeme Dyke, a neighbour of the station, says he's angry with the lack of communication from MPI.

He says neither he or the other 12 neighbouring properties were officially informed that testing had begun or the the station had tested positive to the disease.

Dyke says despite cattle from the infected farm previously mingling with his bull breeding stud, MPI haven't restricted the movements of his herd and has declined his requests to test his herd.

Despite that he says now no one will buy any of his herd.

Thirty-nine properties across the country have been infected with the disease and over 22,000 cows are due to be culled.

Frank Peters struggled to contain his emotions as he talked about sending 670 cows to their deaths as the Mycoplasma bovis disease spreads. Source: 1 NEWS

The disease poses no risk to human health.

Frustrated farmers gather in Pahiatua
Frustrated farmers gather in Pahiatua Source: 1 NEWS