Budget Day is fast approaching and the pre-budget announcements are starting to flow.
In the 2016-17 financial year, the Government will invest an extra $39 million in Pharmac, and an extra $124 million over the next four years.
In fact Pharmac's budget over the next year will be a record $850 million, which means we have boosted their budget by $200 million since 2008.
I'd also like to take this opportunity to offer my support and encouragement to those of you who have put your hand up for the upcoming school Board of Trustee elections.
Boards are best served when members represent a mix of skills, experience and age.
You don't even have to be a parent or have children at the school to be on the board.
Our Boards of Trustees should reflect their communities.
The voting for the school board elections is by postal ballot and takes place between 25 May and 3 June.