Treasury has released official Budget papers and advice.
Finance Minister Bill English said the papers show the challenges government faced in writing the Budget.
“The release of these papers shows the challenges the Government faced in putting together a Budget in the toughest global economic conditions since the 1930s. These challenges required us to consider a wide range of options.
“We believe we struck the right balance and put New Zealand on the road to recovery,” Mr English says.
“Continuing with the rampant growth in spending by the previous Government would have seen debt rapidly spiral out of control.
It’s difficult to get credit for not spending, but anything which didn’t add to growing debt is to be applauded.
However, howls of anguish in the media as the consequences of tighter public service budgets become apparent show that a lot of people still don’t realise the importance of keeping a tight rein on spending.