Budget 2013 app is, well, budget

Budget 2013 flaunts digital savvy with fancy app, but falls down at the finish line on the day.

“The Budget can reach more people when it is digital and accessible.”

That's what Finance Minister Bill English said when he promoted the much talked about Budget app earlier this week.

However, New Zealanders would be forgiven for thinking Talent2 developed the app’s software, after some users successfully received the updated Budget, while others were left out in the cold.

Dozens of disgruntled tweeters, including Labour Party MP Jacinda Adern, voiced their frustration this afternoon as the Government failed to make good on its promise of delivering innovative and better-value public services.

Adern tweeted, “NZ budget app not loading it seems … and no hard copies for opposition MPs this year”, while an equally perturbed individual said “#NZBudget is budget. Not even loading”.

Mr English said the app was designed to give key information on this year’s budget and feature interactive content so the user could see how much tax they pay and where that money would be spent.

While it is unclear whether or not there will be an official inquiry into the issue, it is clear the app will not improve on its glowing review from last year.

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