NZ spends on health

The Morning Bulletin - - WORLD -

NEW Zealand’s Gov­ern­ment plans to spend bil­lions of dol­lars re­build­ing rot­ting hos­pi­tals and im­prov­ing other in­fra­struc­ture as the econ­omy con­tin­ues to grow at a healthy clip.

The Lib­eral Gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day an­nounced its first bud­get plan since win­ning na­tional elec­tions last year.

It has ditched tax cuts planned by the pre­vi­ous con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment and put more money into health, ed­u­ca­tion, pub­lic hous­ing and for­eign aid.

The Gov­ern­ment pre­dicts it will con­tinue to run a small op­er­at­ing sur­plus.

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