This 2020 budget is not the pivot to a green rebuild many had hoped for. But its short-term focus on caring for people's health leaves the door open to stronger climate action down the track.
The 2020 "Rebuilding Together" budget rightly targets a looming unemployment crisis, but just how bad that will be remains uncertain.
NZ$4.3 billion will go some way to patch up long-standing cracks in New Zealand's health system. But COVID-19 has shown NZ's regional approach to health isn't good enough against a nationwide threat.
Jacinda Ardern has won global admiration for her personal style. But how will Kiwis judge her government at the ballot-box in September this year – just as unemployment is expected to peak?
New Zealand's 2020 "pandemic budget" should shift spending priorities towards a flexible and targeted approach to economic recovery.
Previous shocks show that smart spending and building public confidence are crucial to the speed and shape of economic recovery.
When thousands of New Zealand children were asked what well-being meant for them, most wanted enough money for basics, good relationships and to be free from bullying, racism and discrimination.
New Zealand's coalition government in its first budget has treated public policies as investments, with the goal of improving social and environmental outcomes.