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New Zealand Politics Daily is a collation of the most prominent issues being discussed in New Zealand. It is edited by Dr Bryce Edwards of The Democracy Project.

Today’s content

BUDGET ANALYSIS
Danyl Mclauchlan (Spinoff): A kludgeocratic budget for the ages
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Bread and Breader: Watching the budget debate
Spinoff: Budget 2023: The great Spinoff hot-take roundtable
Duncan Greive (Spinoff): A budget budget from Homebrand Hipkins – with a few treats for the kids
Chris Trotter: In The Lock-Up
Max Rashbrooke (RNZ): Smart moves in Budget 2023 but no transformation for poorer families
Tim Watkin (RNZ): How Labour’s ‘no frills’ budget can earn voters’ trust
Shamubeel Eaqub (RNZ): Budget 2023: Keeping up with costs, a splash on investments
Gyles Beckford (RNZ): Treasury optimistic over recession risk in Budget 2023
RNZ: Budget 2023: What’s in it for Māori
Matt Roskruge (Whakaata Māori): Māori score a few wins in restrained budget; cost-of-living help largely absent
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Budget 2023: Robertson hits median-voter sweet spot (paywalled)
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Labour fires first shot in world’s smallest class war (paywalled)
Claire Trevett (Herald) No tax cuts, no lollies – Budget 2023 was not an election-winner for Chris Hipkins but nor is it an election-loser (paywalled)
Liam Dann (Herald): Why not live that deficit life a bit longer? (paywalled)
Damien Venuto (Herald): The Front Page: Budget 2023 – The big call that Grant Robertson made in choosing to spend
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Budget 2023: Finance Minister Grant Robertson gambles on interest rates with boost to spending, borrowing
Herald: On the Tiles: Infometrics principal economist Brad Olsen on Budget 2023
Audrey Young (Herald): A practical budget for less than simple times (paywalled)
Jenée Tibshraeny (Herald): Can the Govt deliver on its infrastructure investment plans? (paywalled)
Shane Te Pou (Herald): Prime Minister Chris Hipkins’ bread and butter Budget (paywalled)
Luke Malpass (Stuff): The bread and butter pudding budget
Josie Pagani (Stuff): Hipkins’ signature policy a highlight in no frills, no spills Budget
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Budget 2023: The big winners and losers
Callum Purves (Stuff): The no frills, higher bills Budget
Sapeer Mayron (Stuff): Budget 2023: $51m an ‘underwhelming’ offering for Pasifika, leader says
Felippe Rodrigues (Stuff): Opening the books: The Budget in 5 charts
Tom Pullar Strecker (Post): An average Budget for the Government, but a tough one too for the Opposition (paywalled)
Tom Pullar Strecker (Post): ‘No recession’ but warning Budget 2023 may force Reserve Bank to ‘push back harder’ on interest rates (paywalled)
Glenn McConnell and Thomas Manch (Post): Billions budgeted to maintain the status quo, retain staff (paywalled)
Bridie Witton (Post): Labour’s election campaign starts today with Budget pitch (paywalled)
Gareth Kiernan (Post): How to spend $9.4b without even trying (paywalled)
Jack Tame (1News): What will the Budget mean for the election?
Felix Desmarais (1News): Labour better hope middle NZ forgets Budget before election
Jessica Mutch Mckay. (1News): Analysis: No Budget lolly-scramble is unusual for election year
1News: Analysis: Budget 2023 targets costs of living but cautious on inflation
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Analysis: The ‘Breadcrumbs’ Budget includes not a single frill
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Not many goodies from Grant Robertson for many New Zealanders
Molly Swift (Newshub): Budget 2023: Treasury predicts interest rates will ‘stay higher for longer’ due to Cyclone Gabrielle
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): A bland election year budget (paywalled)
Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): Budget 2023 will push the RBNZ to hike harder (paywalled)
Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): There is no recession in New Zealand
Dan Brunskill (Interest): Labour’s Budget delivers $5b of new spending in inflationary environment
Eric Frykberg (Interest): Economists hold slightly different views of the Budget’s economic forecasts, but feel it reveals NZ to be stronger than was feared
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Hipkins’ pragmatic push puts National in tight spot
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Budget 2023: Jibes and jabs from the Opposition
Bernard Hickey: Interest rate warnings after Budget 2023
Bernard Hickey: Budget 2023: Some rabbits, a few more houses and a higher trust tax rate
Richard Harman: Robertson dares National to cut deeper (paywalled)
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The Chippy Butty Budget – 0% nutrition – 100% taste: Winners, Losers and Predictions
No Right Turn: Labour doesn’t deliver

RESPONSE FROM NATIONAL, ACT, GREENS, TE PĀTI MĀORI 
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Political opponents take aim at Budget 2023: ‘Blowout’, ‘broke’, ‘Budget for the rich’
Eric Frykberg (Interest): Opposition party leaders respond to the Government’s Budget
Felix Desmarais (1News): Blowout budget? Opposition parties slam Budget 2023
Brent Edwards (NBR): National and Act’s concern about the Budget (paywalled)

BUDGET SUMMARIES
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Budget 2023: The biggest ticket items
Claire Trevett (Herald): Budget 2023 highlights: Key points of Grant Robertson’s announcements – from cost of living and health to the books
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Budget 2023: Government targets assistance to families with cheaper education, health and transport

BUDGET – TAX
Geraden Cann (Stuff): Trustee tax increase ‘is response to spike in trust use to avoid tax’
Geraden Cann (Post): Trustee tax increase a ‘response to spike in trust use to avoid tax’ (paywalled)
Thomas Manch (Post): Government announces new tax on trusts, not quite breaking promise (paywalled)
Terry Baucher (Interest): The no tax surprise Budget

BUDGET – HEALTH
Thomas Manch (Stuff): National vows to bring back $5 prescription fees if elected
Isaac Davison (Herald): $5 prescription fee scrapped – but National will bring it back
David Williams (Newsroom): Dropping $5 charge good for health, and business
1News: ‘It’s a loaf of bread’: Kiwis happy with $5 prescription fee scrapping
Robin Gauld (ODT): Little to cheer those wanting adequate new hospital
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Unchanged child disability allowance draws criticism

BUDGET – ENVIRONMENT, SCIENCE
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): A disappointing Budget for the climate
RNZ: Budget 2023: Climate and science sectors react to wins and losses
Fiona Rotherham (NBR): More collaboration, less duplication under new research hubs (paywalled)
Nile Bijoux (Stuff): Positive industry reactions to ‘significant’ Budget EV charging commitment
Science Media Centre: Budget 2023 – Expert Reaction

BUDGET – GAMING INDUSTRY, BUSINESS
Aimee Shaw (Stuff): Gaming rebates a win for business in Budget
Andrew Bevin (Newsroom): Budget stems gaming brain drain in nick of time
Aimee Shaw (Post): No Budget funding for digitalisation to hit productivity, ‘missed opportunity’, business says (paywalled)

BUDGET – CHILDREN, FAMILIES, EDUCATION
RNZ: Budget 2023: Targeted support welcomed but projects need securing ‘for long-term’ – agencies
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Cheaper childcare eases parental burden – just not yet
Brigitte Morten (RNZ): Budget 2023 childcare policy unlikely to ease inflation pressure on households
Brian Roper (ODT): Education claim not supported (paywalled)

BUDGET – OTHER
Adam Pearse (Herald): Budget 2023: Security boost at MPs’ homes and offices after Grant Robertson warns of ‘intense threats’
Pokere Paewai (RNZ): ‘Absolutely over the moon’: Te Matatini gets large funding boost in Budget 2023

ELECTION, PARLIAMENT
Graham Adams (The Common Room): Te Pāti Māori: Kingmaker or Labour’s albatross?
Chris Trotter: Winston’s Last Shot At Redemption
Tim Hazledine (Herald): Lessons from the years of Think Big and Rogernomics (paywalled)
Rob Stock (Stuff): Parliament’s KiwiSaver popularity rankings: Hipkins and Luxon in same poorly-performing scheme
RNZ: Friends could ‘not have benefited’ from Cabinet breaches – Stuart Nash
Joseph Los’e (Herald): Meka Whaitiri unleashed: I left Labour because Labour left me
Arena Williams and Stuart Smith (Stuff): Meka Whaitiri put her own interests ahead of the people of Hawke’s Bay

LOAFERS LODGE FIRE TRAGEDY
Neil Reid (Herald): Loafers Lodge fire: Inside the deadly Wellington hostel inferno, and the brave battle to save lives (paywalled)
1News: Wellington hostel fire: Fire chief defends resources
1News: Loafers Lodge: Fire design ‘couldn’t possibly have worked’ as intended
William Hewett (Newshub): Fire and Emergency NZ boss defends response into fatal Wellington blaze, says organisation has ‘challenges’
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Wellington hostel fire: Probe under way into buildings similar to Loafers Lodge
RNZ: Wellington hostel fire prompts call for urgent overhaul of fire engineering legislation
RNZ: Loafers Lodge fire: What are tenants’ rights? Community law expert explains
Melissa NIghtingale (Herald): Wellington hostel fire: Loafers Lodge charged heavy price for ‘substandard conditions’ woman claims
Neil Reid (Herald): Loafers Lodge fire: Body recovery begins as police charge man with arson
Sam Sherwood and Rachel Maher (Herald): Loafers Lodge fire: Man charged with two counts of arson after fatal Wellington blaze
Tom Peters (World Socialists): New Zealand hostel that caught fire described as “death trap”

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Tom Kitchin (RNZ): The Detail: Why local councils want to sell their assets
Tim Hunter (NBR): Auckland Council is right to sell its airport shares (paywalled)
Felix Walton (RNZ): Relief as Citizens Advice Bureau earns reprieve from mayor’s spending cuts
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Auckland flooding: Council’s $1 billion recovery package revealed by Mayor Wayne Brown
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Palmerston North’s rating system could force people to sell homes

FOREIGN AFFAIRS, PACIFIC
Barbara Dreaver (1News): Opinion: Why Hipkins has to go to Papua New Guinea
Christine Rovoi (Stuff): US-PNG defence pact pushes ahead as Biden eyes new Pacific summit
RNZ: Top adviser says Biden will meet Pacific leaders this year
Giff Jonson (RNZ): US envoy gets two of three north Pacific nations to sign deals
Walter Zweifel (RNZ): Anti-nuclear group criticises France for ‘downplaying’ impact of tests
Caleb Fotheringham (RNZ): Brown tells global leaders they are failing on climate change

OTHER
Adam Hollingworth (Newshub): ‘Shocking’ new survey reveals 90 percent of Kiwi workers have experienced bullying in past 12 months
Qiuyi Tan (Open Justice Reporting): Man creates fake company to get $120k of bogus Covid wage subsidies
John Minto (Daily Blog): State house waiting list is on the way up again – does Labour care?
RNZ: Chorus plans to retire its copper network within next decade
RNZ: Wider broadband connections could boost economy – report
David Harvey: Strengthening Resilience to Disinformation – A Solution
Shayne Currie (Herald): Media Insider: Ad agencies battle for ASB contract; Star moves from Today to Sunday; TVNZ/RNZ ‘financially vulnerable’ (paywalled)

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