NZ inflation moderates: Still expect a rate hike next week

Press Release – HSBC Bank

New Zealand’s CPI increased by +1.5% y-o-y in Q1 (market had +1.7%) a slight moderation from the +1.6% annual pace seen in Q4. Domestic costs are moving higher on the back of a strengthening economy, but, at the same time, an elevated NZD helped … Read more »

NZ consumer prices rise 0.3% in 1Q, missing estimates

Article – BusinessDesk

NZ consumer prices rise 0.3% in first quarter on tobacco tax hike, more expensive housing Read more »

CPI increases 0.3 percent in March quarter

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The consumers price index (CPI) rose 0.3 percent in the March 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. Higher tobacco and housing prices were partly countered by seasonally cheaper international air fares, vegetables, and package holidays. Read more »

NZ ADSL outperforms UK and USA

Press Release – TrueNet

Since TrueNet began operations in 2010, their focus on publishing Speed by Time of Day (ToD) performance has driven NZ ISPs to compete. This is not the case in the USA, or the UK where similar measurements over a longer period have not resulted … Read more »

Rural Sales Volumes Strong, With Prices Holding Steady

Press Release – Real Estate Institute Of New Zealand

Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ) shows there were 94 more farm sales (+25.5%) for the three months ended March 2014 than for the three months ended March 2013. Overall, there were 472 farm sales in the three months … Read more »

New Zealanders accept 104 kph holiday speed tolerance

Press Release – Horizon Research Limited

New Zealanders accept more than oppose the police practice of imposing a 104 kph open road speed tolerance limit during holiday periods. Read more »

Number of overseas-born tops 1 million, 2013 Census shows

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The number of New Zealanders who were born overseas had reached more than a million by the 2013 Census, Statistics NZ said today. This increase has led to more diversity in our ethnic, religious, and linguistic make-up. Read more »

NZ services sector activity rebounds in March

Article – BusinessDesk

April 14 (BusinessDesk) New Zealand services sector activity, which accounts for about two thirds of the economy, rebounded in March to reach 2007 levels, after a drop off in February. Read more »

NZ inflation probably accelerated in first quarter

Article – BusinessDesk

April 14 (BusinessDesk) New Zealand inflation probably accelerated in the first quarter, keeping on track expectations that the Reserve Bank will lift the official cash rate again next week to mitigate the effects of strong demand growth in coming … Read more »

Trends revealed from Census 2013 online option

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Several trends have emerged following analysis of the 2013 Census online option, Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson says. Close to two million census forms, or 34 per cent of all forms, were done online, with the response rate peaking at 130,000 … Read more »

More “under new management” signs in NZ over next two years

Press Release – Grant Thornton

More businesses in New Zealand than any other country in the world, apart from Finland, are anticipating a change of ownership in the next two years. The latest Grant Thornton International Business Report, which surveys 12,500 business leaders in 45 economies, … Read more »

Smart squeeze on Capital’s emissions

Press Release – Wellington City Council

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown welcomes the news today that Wellington City has continued a downward trend in its level of greenhouse gas emissions over the past decade, during a period of overall population and economic growth. Read more »

NZ food prices fall in March on cheaper cakes and candy

Article – BusinessDesk

April 11 (BusinessDesk) New Zealand food prices fell in March as cheaper cakes and candy drove a fall in grocery prices, and offset more expensive meat and produce. Read more »

Interesting trends emerge in the credit demand cycle

Press Release – Veda Limited

New Zealands leading credit bureau, Veda, has reported some interesting movements in the credit demand cycle for the first quarter of 2014. Personal loans are up 12.5% on the same quarter in 2013. Hire Purchase applications have risen by 4.3% for the … Read more »

Kiwi businesses confirm growth predictions

Press Release – Entrepreneurs Organisation New Zealand

Predictions six months ago of big things for the New Zealand economy have been borne out by business results according to an international survey of entrepreneurs. Read more »

Guest night trend soars to record high

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The trend for New Zealand guest nights is at a record high, Statistics New Zealand said today. Trends for North Island and domestic guest nights are also at record high levels. Read more »

Goodhew: The Changing Face of the Working Population

Speech – New Zealand Government

Tonight I will discuss the changing face of the working population and what you can do to make the most of these changes to grow your business and your community. Winston Churchill said To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. Read more »

NZ screen industry revenue fell in 2013

Article – BusinessDesk

April 10 (BusinessDesk) The New Zealand screen industrys revenue dropped 4 percent in 2013, from a record high in 2012, as decline in production of feature films more than offset gains from local television and movie theatres. Read more »

Screen industry remains above $3 billion

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Total screen industry revenue dropped 4 percent compared with 2012 but remained above the $3 billion mark, Statistics New Zealand said today. Read more »

Greenhouse gas emissions trending down

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council

The Wellington region appears to be bucking the national trend by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in spite of increases in population and regional Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Read more »

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