NZ building consents fall for a third month in February

Article – BusinessDesk

March 31 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand residential building consents declined for a third month in February, as the pace of new home building slowed. Read more »

PAYE for NZ firms proposed in biggest tax shake-up since ’57

Article – BusinessDesk

March 31 (BusinessDesk) – The government is floating the idea of businesses paying their tax on a pay-as-you-go (PAYE) basis, like individual taxpayers, in the biggest proposed shake-up of one of the building blocks of the income tax system since its … Read more »

What Are New Zealand’s “Bare Necessities?”

Press Release – Maxim Institute

What is the bottom line standard of living we would expect any New Zealander to enjoy? Maxim Institute wants Kiwis to be given the chance to define a minimum basket of goods, establishing the bare necessities any of us would need to participate … Read more »

NZers see benefits from closer economic ties with Asia

Article – BusinessDesk

March 31 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealanders see positive spin-offs coming from the nations growing economic ties across Asia, although they have become wary of investment from the region, which has been blamed for pushing up house prices in Auckland. Read more »

Monthly Economic Indicators March 2015

Press Release – New Zealand Treasury

Real GDP rose 0.8% in the December quarter, the same as Treasurys HYEFU forecast Partial indicators for 2015 remain consistent with a solid growth outlook Nevertheless, the domestic inflation outlook remains weak with the RBNZ reaffirming … Read more »

Commercial Property Investor Survey: Confidence Still High

Press Release – Colliers International

Investor confidence in the Auckland property market has decreased marginally to 61%, overtaken by Queenstown as the most positive centre surveyed with 68%. Read more »

NZ employment confidence rises with optimism about earnings

Article – BusinessDesk

March 30 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealanders have become more confident about the labour market and confident they’ll be able to earn more in a growing economy. Read more »

NZ puts seven new oil and gas areas put up for tender

Article – BusinessDesk

March 30 (BusinessDesk) – A total of seven new areas will be opened up to oil and gas exploration under its block offer tendering system, as the New Zealand government seeks to concentrate activity in a few strategically chosen areas. Read more »

NZ economy – balancing risks

Press Release – Business NZ

Risks and opportunities for the New Zealand economy are finely balanced, according to the latest BusinessNZ Planning Forecast . Read more »

On The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Steven Joyce

Press Release – TV3′s ‘The Nation’

Winston Peters said, Send them a message. What message have you heard? Oh, well, obviously, you know, we lost the election. And so there is a number of messages. I actually thought he campaigned pretty well. He got out in front at the start and … Read more »

Winston Peters vows to garner more investment in regions

Press Release – TVNZ

The new MP elect for Northland, Winston Peters, says he will force the Government to look beyond Auckland to address the needs of people in the regions by investing in what works. Read more »

Increase in business R&D spend welcomed

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed Statistics New Zealand data released today that shows businesses in New Zealand continue to invest more in research and development to fuel their growth. Read more »

Business expenditure on R&D continues to rise

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Businesses are spending more on research and development (R&D) and this expenditure is expected to rise again in 2015, Statistics New Zealand said today. Read more »

Inflation target at 2% risks overheated economy, BNZ says

Article – BusinessDesk

March 27 (BusinessDesk) – Targeting 2 percent annual inflation could force the Reserve Bank of New Zealand to cut interest rates too sharply and overheat the economy, says Bank of New Zealand, which suggests current low global inflation rates mean the local … Read more »

Govt must be more transparent on investor state clauses

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The Government must be more transparent around the draft investor state dispute settlements in the TPPA, says David Parker, Labours Export Growth and Trade spokesperson. Read more »

New research shows tourism industry in hearty state

Press Release – Tourism Industry Association

New Zealands tourism industry is in a strong position to take advantage of growth opportunities, according to the State of the Tourism Industry 2014, released today by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) and Lincoln University. Read more »

KiwiSaver HomeStart Bill passes

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Hon Todd McClay Minister of Revenue 26 March 2015 Media Statement KiwiSaver HomeStart Bill passes Read more »

Entries open for PM’s Business Scholarships

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce is encouraging senior managers, executives and business owners who want to expand their international expertise to apply for the 2015 Prime Ministers Business Scholarships. Read more »

NZ commercial property lending less risky now: RBNZ

Article – BusinessDesk

March 26 (BusinessDesk) – The Reserve Bank said New Zealands $180 billion commercial property sector has become less risky since the global financial crisis because a reduced amount of debt is being used to fund new developments and purchases. Read more »

TPP policy solution adopted by Hutt City Council

Press Release – TPP Action Group

A packed gallery of locals on Tuesday 24th March witnessed Hutt City Council become the 7th New Zealand Council to support the public interest TPP policy originally adopted by Auckland in December 2012. Hutt City joins Nelson, Tasman, Christchurch, … Read more »

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