Winners in new Labour-led Government's first Budget set to be health, education and state housing, says 1 NEWS political editor Jessica Mutch

The winners in Grant Robertson's first Budget on Thursday are set to be health, education and state housing, says 1 NEWS political editor Jessica Mutch.

In health, $8 billion over four years has been promised - a big injection - and things like mental health are due for a win too, Mutch said.

"With education, things like early childhood education we understand will be a winner, and special education," she reported.

There have been a lot of hints that school buildings will be in for a win too, she added.

"With housing, we understand more state housing will be promised to be built as well."

But the word is don't hold your breath or get too excited.

"That's because the Government has already promised a lot of those just after the last election in the mini budget - things like the $75 a week families package," Mutch said.

She said a lot is riding on the Budget for the Finance Minister.

"He's set to deliver a higher-than-expected surplus. And he's going to be putting some of that aside in a kitty. He's going to be saving it for a rainy day for things like a natural disaster or for this Mycoplasma bovis outbreak."

The Government has already delayed some promises and our political editor says there could be more. 

"We saw that with the cheaper GP visits that were promised. And we'll find out more details of that in the Budget. There could also be more that are delayed or phased in as well."

National has said the Government has inherited a very favourable position with a lot of money to spend in this Budget.

But Mutch said with that comes expectation, especially for those that traditionally do well under Labour, and we'll see if it delivers in Thursday's Budget.

Grant Robertson will deliver the new Labour-led Government's first Budget since taking power tomorrow. Source: 1 NEWS



Boy rushed to hospital after bridge jump goes wrong at camp south of Auckland

A boy has been airlifted to hospital after jumping off a bridge at a camp south of Auckland. 

Police and emergency services were called at 8:20pm regarding a water incident at the YMCA Camp Adair in Hunua.

A police spokesperson says a boy has apparently jumped off a bridge at the camp and is now being transported to hospital by helicopter.

St John says he is in a moderate condition. 

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Chief censor says parents should be aware teens watching 13 Reasons Why and watch it themselves

The chief censor, David Shanks, says parents should be aware that their children are watching season two of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, and watch it themselves.

Season two of the teen drama launches on Friday, following the first season which was a highly controversial global hit.

"This series deals with issues such as rape and suicide in a way that would have been unimaginable even just a few years ago," Mr Shanks told Seven Sharp.

His office had contacted the programme saying he needed to come on Seven Sharp. 

"We have a vulnerable population of young people in this country, and my concern is this could have impacts on those people," he said.

The first series of 13 Reasons Why came out a year ago, but because it was on a streaming service, the chief censor wasn't required to view it or classify it before Kiwi audiences saw it.

And it soon became clear the show was causing harm for some, as Shaun Robinson, Mental Health Foundation chief executive explained.

"We know for certain that people were put into really serious distress, potentially heightened their own risk of suicide, and in some cases led to people actually having to be hospitalised," he said.

The chief censor exercised his power to call in the show and created a new classification, RP18. 

"This classification requires that parents are aware that children are consuming this product and to help them out with that," Mr Shanks said.

He and the Mental Health Foundation are working together to create support for young viewers and their parents. 

"We recognise that some teens will not want to watch this show with their parents. But parents should be aware that they're watching and watch it themselves," Mr Shanks said.

For help and advice please contact the following:

Need to talk? 1737 – Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor
Lifeline – Free call 0800 LIFELINE (543 354), or free text HELP (4357)
Youthline - 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz
Samaritans – 0800 726 666
Healthline – 0800 611 116
Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 or free text 4202 or www.depression.org.nz
The Lowdown: A website to help young New Zealanders recognise and understand depression or anxiety. www.thelowdown.co.nz or free text 5626
SPARX.org.nz – Online e-therapy tool provided by the University of Auckland that helps young people learn skills to deal with feeling down, depressed or stressed
OUTLine NZ – 0800 688 5463 for support related to sexual orientation or gender identity
 

The chief censor and Mental Health Foundation are working together to create support for young viewers and their families. Source: Seven Sharp


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