New Zealand's 'well-being' budget raises questions

New Zealand's Labour coalition government has done something that could prove historic. Led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, it has produced the world's first "well-being" budget, focused explicitly on a single goal: using its limited funds to promote the well-being of its citizens.

Among other things, a lot of money will be devoted to three problems: mental illness, child poverty and family violence.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 10, 2019, with the headline 'NZ's 'well-being' budget raises questions'. Print Edition | Subscribe