As the media reported on the government's first budget, so did Twitter.
Get all our Budget 2018 coverage here.
First things first, Twitter was notably quiet, while all the political journalists were locked away digesting both the budget documents, and the sausage rolls.
NZ Twitter has been a sad and barren place with the entire press gallery gone dark in the Budget lock-up. #Bminus45— Tim Murphy (@tmurphyNZ) May 17, 2018
Former PM Bill English had a tradition of a Budget Day pie for lunch. The class of 2017 kept the tradition going! pic.twitter.com/R4jnZMKoIm— Simeon Brown (@SimeonBrownMP) May 17, 2018
Right on the dot of 2pm came the alerts, the wraps and the analysis.
The Government is going to set up expert Child Poverty and Child Wellbeing Units - to help it meet its target to reduce child poverty #budget2018— Sarah Robson (@rarahsobson) May 17, 2018
Budget 2018: What you need to know https://t.co/CLtIUbX9Mq— RNZ News (@rnz_news) May 17, 2018
And then, just as swiftly, the reactions.
Grant announces planned surplus and David Clark says "well done", as if he's had something to do with it #budget2018— Christopher Bishop (@cjsbishop) May 17, 2018
We’ve made health the top priority in this Budget, and we’re rebuilding our health system so everyone can get the care they need. This includes cheaper GP visits for more than half a million New Zealanders, and free GP visits for everyone under 14. #Budget2018 pic.twitter.com/r942cVqE98— New Zealand Labour (@nzlabour) May 17, 2018
The big thing missing in #Budget2018 is any meaningful help for Kiwi workers. In fact middle-income families are getting steadily worse off, with the cancellation of National's tax changes and the coming big increases in fuel taxes.— Amy Adams (@amyadamsMP) May 17, 2018
As the Minister of Finance said, if we invest in the wellbeing of our children (their mums, and the women who look after them at the most critical time), we will be a rich society indeed! Thank you midwives! #budget2018 #nzpol #midwives pic.twitter.com/DZaNO3rVLP— Julie Anne Genter (@JulieAnneGenter) May 17, 2018
And then, the reckons.
Huh, on first glance of the summaries of #Budget2018 I’m … well, a little disappointed really. ‘Whelmed’ for want of a better term.— Sarah Hendrica Bickerton (@sarahhbickerton) May 17, 2018
Who cares about a surplus when we’re trying to fix the disaster National left us with? I wanted something more bold to be quite honest.
.@grantrobertson1 's first Budget reflects his overall moderate approach: classic Left principles, restrained by ingrained political pragmatism. That's just an observation, with no judgement either way. #Budget2018 #nzpol— CityZen (@citizen_parable) May 17, 2018
to people whinging about nz's #budget2018 having 'nothing for them', you've had things given to you the past 9 years. nz has many demographics suffering from systemic inequality that this is attempting to begin fixing, so pipe down and go back to reading the herald #nzpol— lucy ✨✨✨ (@lucyamorris) May 17, 2018