Tourism spurs services surplus to a record $1.3 billion

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

20 September 2017 – New Zealands current account deficit narrowed to $1.6 billion in the June 2017 quarter, Stats NZ said today. This smaller deficit was due to a record high $1.3 billion services surplus and a smaller primary income deficit. Read more »

July guest nights up 1.4 percent on a year ago

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

There were 39 million guest nights spent in short-term commercial accommodation in the year ended July 2017, an increase of 1.3 million on the previous July year, Stats NZ said today. Read more »

Quiet month in retail card spending

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Electronic card spending in retail industries fell 0.2 percent in August 2017 when adjusted for seasonal effects, Stats NZ said today. This follows a 0.6 percent fall in July 2017. Read more »

One in five employed disabled people want to work more hours

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The underutilisation rate for disabled people was more than double that of non-disabled people. Read more »

Wholesale stocks of vehicles and parts up 19 percent

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Wholesale stocks of cars, trucks, and parts in the June 2017 year rose at the fastest pace since 2008, Stats NZ said today. Read more »

Official Information Act response times improving

Press Release – State Services Commission

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has today published the Official Information Act statistics for the 2016/17 year showing an improvement in the timeliness of responses. Read more »

New Zealand’s biggest sex survey for 2017

Press Release – Adulttoymegastore.co.nz

The 2017 Adulttoymegastore Kiwi Sex Survey , which is being run by Colmar Brunton, is open to the public to take part. Read more »

NZ Online Retail Sales – Update for July 2017

Press Release – BNZ

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

Gender pay gap smallest since 2012

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The gender pay gap was 9.4 percent in the June 2017 quarter, down from 12.0 percent in the June 2016 quarter, Stats NZ said today. This is the smallest gender pay gap in five years, after womens hourly pay rose at a faster pace than mens in the … Read more »

Terms of trade just shy of all-time high

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Record butter prices and high prices for meat helped lift the merchandise terms of trade by 1.5 percent in the June 2017 quarter, Stats NZ said today. This was just shy of the all-time high set 44 years ago in the June 1973 quarter. Read more »

Measuring international migration using travel histories

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Estimates of international migration that use a new outcomes-based measure, the 12/16-month rule, are now updated, Stats NZ said today. Read more »

Business confidence dips but still points to solid growth

Article – BusinessDesk

Aug. 31 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand business confidence dipped in August but optimists continue to outnumber pessimists and activity and investment intentions remain consistent with solid economic growth. Read more »

Treasury Predicts High Export Returns

Press Release – Transtasman

INSIGHTS ABOUT THE NEWS – The Treasurys rundown on the countrys economic growth over the next five years and its export expectations are contained in the Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Update, published last week. It was not as upbeat as some parties … Read more »

East coast workers top injury rates

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

31 August 2017 – Gisborne/Hawkes Bay region workers had the highest work-related injury rate in 2016, Stats NZ said today. Read more »

Arts and recreation services industry: highest injury rate

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

31 August 2017 – Arts and recreation workers, such as those who work in sports, had the highest rate of injury in 2016, Stats NZ said today. Read more »

New infographic series to demystify telecommunications

Press Release – Commerce Commission

The Commerce Commission has today released the first in a series of infographics aimed at helping consumers navigate the often complex world of telecommunications. Read more »

Home consents down in July

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The seasonally adjusted number of new homes consented fell 0.7 percent in July 2017, following a 1.3 percent fall in June 2017. Read more »

Kaikōura sales slide by a quarter after quake

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

29 August 2017 – Last years Kaikura earthquakes caused spending in the town to fall 25 percent, Stats NZ said today. The sales drop came as the quakes choked off the towns usual summer rush of tourists. Read more »

Earners below the average wage lost out on income growth

Press Release – New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

A new Council of Trade Unions report on wages, salaries and the income of the self-employed over the period 1998 to 2015 finds the hourly earnings of low and middle income wage and salary earners went up at half the rate of the highest paid. The only exception … Read more »

New Zealand adopts International Open Data Charter

Press Release – New Zealand Government

New Zealand has signed up to the International Open Data Charter, in a move to help drive innovation, support public accountability, and encourage engagement with government, Statistics Minister Scott Simpson has announced. The Government holds a vast amount … Read more »

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