Building activity reaches record high

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Building and Housing Minister, Dr Nick Smith, has welcomed todays release of the latest figures from Statistics New Zealand which showed $14.6 billion of building work consented in 2014 the highest ever. Read more »

Pacific jobseeker numbers fall

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Working-age Pacific people recorded the largest fall in work-ready jobseeker numbers over the last year, new statistics show. Read more »

2014 visitor arrivals add to $41b goal

Press Release – Tourism Industry Association

New official figures show New Zealands tourism industry is making good progress towards its 2025 goal of contributing $41 billion a year to the economy, according to the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA). Read more »

NZ migration rose to record in 2014

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 30 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand migration surged to a record in 2014 as more people relocated from India and Australia and fewer kiwis departed across the Tasman. Read more »

Visitor arrivals reach highest-ever monthly total

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Visitor arrivals to New Zealand were up 5 percent in December 2014 (402,500), compared with December 2013, Statistics New Zealand said today. Read more »

Annual National Accounts republished

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

We republished National Accounts (Income and Expenditure): Year ended March 2014 on 30 January 2015. We did this to correct an error in the 2014 current-price estimates for taxes on production and imports that were published on 21 November 2014. Read more »

NZ Online Retail Sales: December update + Christmas patterns

Press Release – Bank of New Zealand

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

Multivitamins a Kiwi Winner

Press Release – Canstar Blue

A new survey by consumer satisfaction company, Canstar Blue, has revealed that the majority (72%) of Kiwis are convinced that multivitamins are effective and three quarters say they feel better when they take them regularly. Read more »

Total exports rise despite fall in dairy

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The seasonally adjusted value of goods exported rose 0.9 percent to $12 billion in the December 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. Read more »

NZ posts first trade deficit for December in 4 years

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 29 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand posted its first trade deficit for a December month in four years as aircraft and mobile phones boosted imports while declining milk powder prices pulled down exports. Read more »

Housing affordability drops 14%, driven by Auckland prices

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 29 (BusinessDesk) – Housing affordability across New Zealand fell 14 percent in the year ending November 2014, with Aucklands lack of affordability set to reach levels it hit during the height of the global financial crisis, according to … Read more »

NZ dollar drops vs. Australian dollar after inflation data

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 28 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand dollar dropped against the Australian dollar after unexpectedly strong inflation data across the Tasman prompted traders to wind back bets that nation’s central bank could cut interest rates. Read more »

NZ Consumer Confidence: Steadfast Finish to 2014

Press Release – The Nielsen Company

NEW ZEALAND CONSUMER CONFIDENCE: STEADFAST FINISH TO 2014 New Zealand consumer confidence down slightly in Q4 2014 but the confidence score improved year over year A Two-thirds believe the country is now out of a recession Read more »

Only surface deep acceptance of Rainbow Community at work

Press Release – Westpac

The majority of New Zealanders say they are accepting of the Rainbow Community (which includes those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) but that does not extend to the workplace, according to a new survey by Westpac New Zealand Limited. Read more »

NZ services sector activity ends 2014 on up note

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 26 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand’s services sector activity picked up in December, led by wholesale trade and hospitality. Read more »

Boomers, Seniors Feel Tech Companies Talk Down to them

Press Release – AVG Technologies

Nearly half (49%) of Kiwis over 50 feel patronized by technology companies according to the results of the latest study by AVG Technologies. AVG surveyed almost six thousand people over the age of 50 about their technology habits and opinions as part of the … Read more »

Government cuts driving increased education costs

Press Release – Green Party

Government cuts to education are forcing more of the burden on to parents and damaging the education of poorer kids, as the cost of primary and secondary education increases by five times the cost of inflation, the Green Party says. Read more »

NZ govt operating deficit smaller than expected

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 23 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand’s government’s operating deficit was smaller than expected in the first five months of the financial year as a clampdown on expenditure managed to offset a shortfall in the tax-take from last month’s forecast. Read more »

Solid Performance in December Rural Property Market

Press Release – Real Estate Institute Of New Zealand

Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ) shows there were 68 fewer farm sales (-12.3%) for the three months ended December 2014 than for the three months ended December 2013. Overall, there were 486 farm sales in the three … Read more »

Child abuse down by 12 percent but still way too high

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed latest child abuse statistics showing that the number of children abused in the year ended June 2014 fell by 2,306 or 12 percent on the previous year. Read more »

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