National failing to deliver on R&D goals for New Zealand

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Todays release of the 2016 Research and Development Survey figures shows that the Government is falling further behind its goal to be better than comparable countries, says Labours Research and Innovation Spokesperson Megan Woods. Read more »

Government Moves to Allow the Importation of Manure

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says the Prime Minister must rein-in Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy, who has his officials developing an Import Health Standard for animal manure. Read more »

Urban planning – moving beyond the wheel spin

Press Release – Productivity Commission

The Commission released its final Better urban planning report today. The inquiry examined the current urban planning system in New Zealand and points the way to a future, better-performing system. Read more »

Conventions generate high value for New Zealand

Press Release – CINZ

Convention visitors spent over a million nights in New Zealand last year, and international delegates generated twice as much as other visitors to New Zealand, new statistics show. Read more »

NZ dollar gains on deeper relationship with China

Article – BusinessDesk

March 27 (BusinessDesk) – A series of cooperation deals inked between New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English and China Premier Li Keqiang gave the kiwi dollar a lift, despite jitters after US president Donald Trump failed to win enough support to repeal … Read more »

Buoyant Coromandel economy according to newly released data

Press Release – Thames Coromandel District Council

The Coromandel economy grew by 3.3% in 2016, and the indicators are that spending and investment is set to continue, according to the latest data provided by Infometrics, an independent company that provides economic analysis and forecasts. Read more »

Bracket creep costing average Kiwi worker $500/year

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Governments failure to index tax brackets to inflation since 2010 now costs the average Kiwi income earner almost $500 each year according to a new report released today by the Taxpayers Union . The report, ” 5 Options for Tax Relief in … Read more »

Wellington rates rise well below forecast

Press Release – Wellington City Council

Despite over $5 million in emergency spending due to the November earthquake, Wellingtons average rates will increase by just 3.3 per cent this year, rather than the 5.1 per cent originally forecast in the Councils long term plan, Mayor Justin Lester has … Read more »

FMA releases AFA information report

Press Release – Financial Markets Authority

The Financial Markets Authority today published its third statistical report on Authorised Financial Advisers (AFAs) in New Zealand. The FMA requires AFAs to submit an annual information return each year. Read more »

Even the IMF Thinks We Need a Capital Gains Tax

Press Release – Closing The Gap

Even the IMF Thinks We Need a Capital Gains Tax New Zealands disturbing levels of inequality will only deepen unless all candidates contesting this years election commit to a tax system that treats income and wealth fairly, Peter Malcom of the … Read more »

Q+A: Economist Rodney Jones interviewed by Corin Dann

Press Release – TVNZ

Beijing based, NZ economist Rodney Jones urges a careful approach to Chinas One Belt, One Road strategy Well, I think we have to be a little bit careful here. How will we gain. We The world needs China to do the next step of reforms, … Read more »

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews James Shaw

Press Release – The Nation

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews James Shaw Headlines: Labour and the Green Party have launched a joint set of Budget Responsibility Rules. But despite Labour promising no tax increases, Greens co-leader James Shaw says his party hasnt settled … Read more »

Moody’s reaffirms New Zealand’s Aaa credit rating

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Moody’s reaffirms New Zealands Aaa credit rating Leading credit rating agency Moodys Investors Service has reaffirmed New Zealand’s highest possible Aaa sovereign credit rating with a stable outlook, highlighting the country’s high economic resilience, … Read more »

Focus on trade strategy

Press Release – EMA

Todays release of the Governments Trade Agenda 2030 comes at an important time says the EMA. Read more »

NZ’s trade deficit narrows in February as dairy exports rise

Article – BusinessDesk

March 24 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand’s trade deficit narrowed to $18 million in February but the annual trade deficit was the largest in nearly eight years. Read more »

Focus on services & digital exports a boost for Wellington

Press Release – WREDA

Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) welcomed the refreshed trade policy strategy Trade Agenda 2030 Securing our place in the world, launched by the Prime Minister today. Read more »

Auckland Mayor to hear stories of his city

Press Release – Public Service Association

Aucklands public servants are at breaking point due to the housing crisis – and more than half of them plan to leave the city, the Public Service Association Te Pkenga Here Tikanga Mahi says. Read more »

Zespri welcomes Government goal to reduce barriers to trade

Press Release – Zespri

Zespri supports the aims announced by the Government today to redouble efforts to expand New Zealands network of free trade agreements and improve access to markets for New Zealand exporters. Read more »

$35.3m to support primary sector exporters

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Trade Minister Todd McClay have welcomed new funding of $35.3 million to help support our primary sector exporters succeed in overseas markets. Read more »

$27m boost for MFAT resources

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Todd McClay says an additional $27 million will be invested in improving access to international markets for New Zealand exporters and to help more of them succeed internationally. Read more »

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