Jacinda Ardern said Budget 2021 was about reversing cuts to benefits made in 1991.
Beneficiaries will get up to $55 more in their pockets each week, once the increases are fully implemented next April.
Hope said the benefit increase was the equivalent of a tax cut.
"Nature is at breaking point, nature needs us to pull it back from the brink."
Grant Robertson has defended not giving Pharmac all the money it needs.
"That's really concerned us... that they will not give the same degree of support to the models that have been working."
They complained there is "nothing new or transformational" for the sector.
Budget 2021 delivered big on benefits, but less on business and transformation.
It's a package that looks set to flatline skyrocketing house prices.