Finance Minister Grant Robertson could not disguise the rapture that had seized him, when he was questioned this week in Parliament on reactions to the budget.
He was excited, apparently, because the government had received an “overwhelming” response from the people of NZ to the wellbeing budget. There had been a vast amount of correspondence.
He cited the Salvation Army as seeing the budget as “a step on the path towards lifting New Zealanders out of poverty” and the Children’s Commissioner likewise believing it “takes seriously the need for a step-change in the way we support the wellbeing of NZ children”.
Good stuff, then, even though it may sound a bit weird to Kiwis who had believed their country’s living standards rank reasonably well against those of other developed nations.
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