12:00 PM.The Prime Minister defends the Budget. Tens of thousands sign up for unemployment benefits.
Nicola Wright has the news. Read more Audio
12:11 PM.The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has defended the Budget against criticisms it does not lay out a long term plan for New Zealand in the post-Coviod economic landscape.
In a speech to Business NZ… Read more Audio
12:15 PM.The government announced 900-million-dollars in yesterdays budget to support whānau, hapū and iwi to deal with the fall-out of Covid 19.
The package includes $400 million dollars for Māori education… Read more Audio
12:19 PM.People who went on the benefit during the covid-19 lockdown were more likely to be first time beneficiaries, higher earners, recently returned from overseas, and Pākehā.
A new Ministry of Social… Read more Audio
12:22 PM.Manufacturing activity has fallen to record lows as the Covid-19 lockdown hammered the sector.
Andrew McRae has the business news. Read more Audio
12:28 PM.The country's leading run scorer for the last two years, Devon Conway, is one of three new players to be offered a spot on the Black Caps contracted players list for the 2020-21 season.
Clay Wilson… Read more Audio
12:35 PM.The Government is being slammed by National for leaving water storage schemes out of its budget while some farmers are facing the worst drought in living memory.
Maja Burry has the rural news. Read more Audio
12:42 PM.There have been concerns among Whānau Ora providers that the boost in funding announced in the Budget won't be enough to meet the huge demand from whānau.
The government has topped up the Whānau Ora… Read more Audio
12:45 PM.An Acadmeic says New Zealanders should expect taxes to rise as a result of the Government's $50 billion Budget announced yesterday.
The Government is yet to outline a plan as to how it will pay for… Read more Audio