English: Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Massey University

Speech – New Zealand Government

Thank you Michael and the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, and Steve and Massey University, for inviting me back to this annual event. Read more »

MP Pay Rise Unjustified

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is sickened with the confirmation that the Remuneration Authority has approved a 5.4 percent annual pay rise for backbench MPs, backdated to July last year, and is calling for changes to the Remuneration Authority. Taxpayers Union … Read more »

Dairy commits $5 million to ambitious zero pest plan

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 26 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand’s dairy industry has committed $5 million over two years to the fight against stoats, rats and possums, which destroy native flora and fauna, and can carry bovine tuberculosis. Read more »

Auckland densification as popular as Ebola, English says

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 26 (BusinessDesk) – Finance Minister Bill English said calls by the Reserve Bank Governor for more densification in Aucklands housing were about as popular in parts of Auckland as Ebola would be. Read more »

NZ Superfund spent $150,000 in legal fees on Portugal case

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 26 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has so far spent about $150,000 in legal fees as part of its case to overturn a decision by the Bank of Portugal to move the fund’s US$150 million investment into a “bad bank”, … Read more »

Tamaki Redevelopment has key role in Auckland housing

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 26 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand government is looking at ways Tamaki Redevelopment Co can help boost the supply of affordable housing, which forms part of its focus on the nation’s “unbalanced” property market, Finance Minister Bill English … Read more »

National not being straight about the economy

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

John Key and Bill English need to be straight with New Zealanders about the damage their failure to diversify the economy is doing, after new figures show export growth plunged due to a collapse in dairy exports, says Grant Robertson. Read more »

NZ trade balance unexpectedly turns to surplus in January

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 26 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand’s trade balance unexpectedly turned to a surplus in January as the impact of weaker crude oil prices on imports outpaced a decline in exports led by dairy products. Read more »

NZ annual net migration rises to new record

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 26 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand’s annual net migration rose to another record in January as fewer locals departed for Australia, while Indian student numbers continued to bolster the influx of new arrivals. Read more »

UPDATE: Fonterra Shareholders’ Council relieved at forecast

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 26 (BusinessDesk) – Farmers will be relieved at todays decision by Fonterra Cooperative Group, the worlds largest dairy exporter, to maintain its forecast payout to farmer shareholders for the current season at $4.70 per kilogram of milk … Read more »

NZ Online Retail Sales: Monthly update for January 2015

Press Release – BNZ

Please find attached BNZ and Marketviews latest monthly report on New Zealands Online Retail Sales. Read more »

Fonterra maintains forecast payout

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 26 (BusinessDesk) – Fonterra Cooperative Group, the world’s biggest dairy exporter, maintained its forecast payout to farmer shareholders for the current season, saying recent gains in whole milk powder weren’t enough to warrant an increase. Read more »

NZ dollar rises after Yellen seen pushing back rate hikes

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 26 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand dollar rose, driven by weakness in the greenback after Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen suggested the US central bank was in no hurry to raise interest rates. Read more »

On petrol pricing and calls for enquiries

Column – ACT New Zealand

Labour MP Stuart Nash recently called for a parliamentary inquiry into petrol prices. National MPs in the finance and expenditure select committee voted against such an enquiry. They were right to do so. Read more »

A stronger Banking Sector fuels economic growth

Press Release – KPMG

2014 was characterised by positive economic growth underpinned by the need to have a strong and robust banking sector providing the funds to fuel that growth. Growth momentum continued in the Banking Sector with 2014 profits reaching an all-time record … Read more »

Auckland inner-city height restrictions weighing on supply

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 25 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand’s government has taken a number of good steps to improve housing supply in Auckland, where prices have soared on a lack of new stock, but could take a look at height restrictions in the inner-city to address … Read more »

AMP360 Home Loan Affordability report

Press Release – Interest.co.nz

A fall in prices and interest rates saw housing affordability improve an overall 4% in January Read more »

Strong banks fuel economic growth – FIPS

Press Release – NZ Bankers’ Association

KPMGs Financial Institutions Performance Survey for the 2014 financial year has found that New Zealands strong banking sector is fueling the countrys economic growth. Read more »

NZ dollar holds steady after cautious Fed testimony

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 25 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand dollar was little changed overnight after Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen failed to give an indication of when the US may start raising interest rates at her semi-annual testimony to the senate banking committee. Read more »

NZ firms again lower their inflation expectations

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 24 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand businesses have again trimmed their expectations for inflation over the next two years and don’t expect the central bank will need to raise interest rates this year. Read more »

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