Q+A: Grant Robertson interviewed by Corin Dann

Press Release – TVNZ

Finance Minister: we need to do better on biosecurity Finance Minister Grant Robertson is considering a fund to front foot an increasing number of bio security issues like the bacterial infection to cattle, mycoplasma bovis. Read more »

The Nation: Finance Minister Grant Robertson

Press Release – The Nation

Simon Shepherd: On the eve of the Finance Ministers first budget, he described it as the first part of a transformational trilogy, but reviews have been mixed; its been praised as solid and sensible, while critics say it was boring and a … Read more »

The Nation: Council of Trade Unions Economist Bill Rosenberg

Press Release – The Nation

Simon Shepherd: The governments stuck fast to its fiscal responsibility rules in this years budget in a bid to boost business confidence, but has that come at a cost? It was aiming to be transformational, but critics say this years budget … Read more »

Superyachts may bring biggest spenders to Auckland

Article – BusinessDesk

Superyachts may bring biggest spenders to Auckland for 2021 America’s Cup, CBRE says By Andrew Bevin Read more »

R&D Incentive is ‘light on detail.’

Press Release – William Buck

Commentary from Praveen Mistry, Director of Tax Services at William Buck Chartered Accountants and Advisors New Zealand. Read more »

More could have been done to tackle urgent social challenges

Press Release – ANZASW

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) welcomes many of the measures contained in the governments budget, but believes that more could have been done to tackle some of the most urgent social challenges in the country. Read more »

Baby boomers, silver surfers and first timers drive response

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council

Public interest in key regional projects is alive and well, based on the communitys response to Greater Wellington Regional Councils 10 Year Plan and proposed Revenue and Financing Policy. Read more »

Gull holds pump prices down amidst souring petrol prices

Press Release – Gull Petroleum

Gull announced today despite at least one oil giant increasing its prices by 4 cents per litre, Gull will hold their prices down for the weekend. Read more »

New interactive map offers insights into regional spending

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Stats NZ has launched an interactive map that allows users to explore patterns of retail spending around the country. Read more »

Foreign house buyer ban may redirect investment

Article – BusinessDesk

May 17 (BusinessDesk) – Michael Wood, the MP who chairs Parliaments finance and expenditure committee, wants to see more overseas investment directed into productive assets, which he sees as a secondary benefit to restricting foreign purchases of … Read more »

Rationing medicines by stealth with budget announcement

Press Release – Medicines New Zealand

Big expectations from the Government today as it increases the pressure on PHARMAC to perform with its savings model. Read more »

ProdCom to investigate impacts of disruptive technology

Article – BusinessDesk

May 17 (BusinessDesk) – The Productivity Commission will conduct an investigation into the impacts of technological change and disruption, and the future of work. Read more »

ChristchurchNZ 2018 Budget commentary

Press Release – ChristchurchNZ

Highlights for Christchurch and Canterbury The Coalition Government has delivered on its promise to make nearly $300 million available to accelerate the Canterbury recovery: $298.5 million of capital in 2018/19 for an acceleration fund, plus … Read more »

Budget 2018 – ‘as expected’ says business

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce

The Coalition Governments first Budget is as expected, with no major surprises but room for improvement. Read more »

EDS congratulates Government on DOC funding increases

Press Release – Environmental Defence Society

The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed the budget announcement of increased funding for the Department of Conservation. Finance Minister Hon Grant Robertson announced a $181.6m increase in DOCs funding over four years. This represents … Read more »

Support for Many, But Social Services Will still Struggle

Press Release – NZCCSS

This Budget has not recognised the extremely dire situation that community social services are experiencing, said Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services. While, we are pleased to see the initiatives … Read more »

Budget a step in the right direction, but misses the mark for children in need today

Press Release – Variety – The Children’s Charity

Budget a step in the right direction, but misses the mark for children in need today Read more »

Budget fails to fill plumbing pipeline

Press Release – Master Plumbers

Master Plumbers is disappointed the Governments budget has failed to acknowledge the contribution employers who take on apprentices make. Master Plumbers commitment to apprentices is through their Masterlink programme, a mentoring apprenticeship … Read more »

Budget 2018 not positive for tourism

Press Release – Tourism Industry Association

Cutting Tourism New Zealands funding is short-sighted and will end up costing the economy through lost export earnings, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says. We are disappointed that todays Budget has reduced Tourism New Zealands budget by … Read more »

Budget 2018 has no action on skills

Press Release – Industry Training Federation of New Zealand

The Industry Training Federation is disappointed to see no new investment in on-the-job training and apprenticeships in Budget 2018. Read more »

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