Labour’s Grant Robertson departs from National party’s penchant for pre-budget pies with nod to his southern roots

New Zealand’s Labour party is about to reveal its first budget in nearly a decade after last year’s sensational election result but the big news to start the day was: what would the finance minister eat before his speech?

Cue the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, with one of her informal but popular Facebook Live videos. Via a greasy iPhone lens, she introduces the finance minister, Grant Robertson, about to tuck into a cheese roll, a gooey cheese mixture melted in a slice of white bread.

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