Drought, disruption undermines farmers’ confidence

Press Release – Federated Farmers

A marked drop in farmer optimism and growing concern about the ability to recruit suitable staff are stand-out features of the Federated Farmers Mid-Season Farm Confidence Survey. Read more »

Robertson confident in NZ economy

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 14 (BusinessDesk) – Finance Minister Grant Robertson says he’s not immediately concerned interest rates will impact peoples’ abilities to pay their mortgages, but the government is “keeping an eye” on global market directions. Read more »

NZ govt operating 6-month surplus bigger than expected

Article – BusinessDesk

NZ govt operating 6-month surplus bigger than expected as fatter GST, income tax take beds in Read more »

NZ consumer confidence rises in January

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 2 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand consumer confidence rose in January, snapping a three-month slide, as Kiwis became more upbeat about the economic outlook, house prices and spending on major household items. Read more »

Labour will work with business over confidence concerns

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 31 (BusinessDesk) – Finance Minister Grant Robertson says weaker business confidence in recent surveys reflect perceptions of the new Labour-led government, but he and other ministers will still be seeking to allay concerns. Read more »

Speech: Nash – SME LEAP Summit, Auckland

Speech – New Zealand Government

Hon Stuart Nash Minister of Revenue Minister for Small Business 31 January 2018 SPEECH NOTES SME LEAP Summit, Auckland Read more »

Tourism business confidence strong

Press Release – Tourism Industry Aotearoa

Tourism business confidence levels are strong, with most operators expecting their business to improve this year, according to the latest State of the New Zealand Tourism Industry report. Read more »

NZ manufacturing activity falls sharply in December

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 19 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand’s manufacturing activity fell a five-year low in December as businesses deferred major decisions until there is more clarity after the change in the government, echoing the downbeat sentiment in this week’s business … Read more »

NZ business confidence sours in December quarter

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 16 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand firms turned pessimistic about the country’s economic fortunes in the December quarter for the first time in more than two years, with the formation of a Labour-led government and its policy plans spooking businesses. Read more »

NZ employment confidence, pay expectations and job security

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 16 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealanders became slightly more confident about job opportunities in the December quarter, though most people aren’t expecting a pay rise this year. Read more »

Retail card spending up in December

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Retail card spending rose 0.5 percent in the December 2017 month when adjusted for seasonal effects, Stats NZ said today. This is the fourth consecutive monthly rise in retail card spending. Read more »

PGP review puts brakes on research and development

Press Release – New Zealand National Party

The cynical timing of a review of the Primary Growth Partnership over the summer break illustrates the coalition Governments priorities do not lie with growing the primary sector, National Party Spokesperson for Primary Industries Nathan Guy … Read more »

Positive economic note to end year

Press Release – Paymark

The year ended on a positive economic note albeit with signs of cooling in the major centres. Read more »

YEAR IN REVIEW: NZ politics keeps business world on its toes

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 22 (BusinessDesk) – Political rumblings came into focus in the business world through the tail-end of 2017 as Jacinda Ardern’s unexpected rise to the prime minister’s office brought a fresh approach to dealing with burgeoning capacity constraints and … Read more »


Article – Bitcoinist.com

The Bitcoin price dipped to below $15,000 Thursday as pressure from altcoin growth and the ongoing Bitcoin Cash (BCash) scandal took its toll. Read more »

NZ economy on course but some risks

Press Release – BusinessNZ

The BusinessNZ Planning Forecast for the December 2017 quarter shows strength in many parts of the economy although with some risk from business sentiment and future wage pressures. Read more »

Confidence in residential property prices dips

Press Release – Colliers International

Confidence in residential property prices has slumped by 16 percentage points, the first quarterly survey since the election shows. Read more »

NZ business confidence stays near eight-year low

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 19 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand’s business confidence continued to hover around an eight-year low in December as the tailwinds provided by an overheated housing market and record levels of migration slow down. Read more »

NZ consumer confidence eases in December

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 18 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand consumer confidence dipped in December, the third consecutive decline, with both current and future conditions easing slightly. Read more »

NZ dollar heads for 0.6% weekly as business confidence falls

Article – BusinessDesk

NZ dollar heads for 0.6% weekly as business confidence falls, Robertson hints at slowdown Read more »

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