PLUS: Reader poll result: how should the surplus be spent?
"In some ways it's easier to manage deficits because you just say no," the Finance Minister notes. "When you have surpluses you have more demands on you."
Auckland's presumptive new mayor has been elected on four fiscal policies that don’t add up.
Economic growth sits at 3.6% but the debt-to-income ratio is 165%, with dairy debt picked to top $40 billion soon