7 May 2020

Economic recovery focus of NZ Budget 2020 - Finance Minister

From Checkpoint, 5:38 pm on 7 May 2020

A 'staging post' for New Zealand's recovery from Covid-19 - that's how the Finance Minister described Budget 2020 in a speech to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce - given via video link on Thursday.

Grant Robertson said this year's Budget is far from business as usual, with many of the government's well-laid plans now on ice - replaced with a singular focus - economic recovery and rebuilding.

But National is raising concerns about the need for a responsible government at the helm to manage the economy through a time that will see debt skyrocket, and deficits deepen.

Political reporter Yvette McCullough has the story.