Economy growing – but who’s getting it?

Press Release – Council of Trade Unions

Whos benefiting from the growth in the economy? This is an important question after another three months of GDP statistics showing economic growth getting closer to the levels in the 2000s before the Global Financial Crisis, says CTU Economist … Read more »

Retail and accommodation boost economic growth

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

New Zealand’s economy grew 0.8 percent in the last three months of 2014, led by retail and accommodation, Statistics New Zealand said today. Read more »

NZ economy grows 0.8% in fourth quarter

Article – BusinessDesk

March 19 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand economy expanded in the fourth quarter as tourists drove growth in retailing and accommodation, and property sales increased demand for real estate services. Read more »

Growing current account deficit shows need to diversify

Press Release – Green Party

The growing Current Account Deficit is driven, in part, by falling dairy prices and shows why New Zealand needs to diversify its economy, the Green Party said today. Read more »

NZers part of global opposition to mass surveillance

Press Release – Amnesty International

The United States mass surveillance of internet and phone use flies in the face of global public opinion, said Amnesty International as it published a major poll to launch its worldwide #UnfollowMe campaign. Read more »

Skilled job vacancies up February

Press Release – Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The number of skilled job vacancies advertised online grew by 0.4 per cent for the month of February, and were up 5.8 per cent in the past year to February, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employments Jobs Online report. Read more »

Waiheke Council Comparison

Press Release – Our Waiheke

The Our Waiheke Working Group (OWWG) has been looking at communities New Zealand-wide with similar populations and revenues to Waiheke Island to understand how they measure up on rates, revenue, spend, and management. OWWG has focused in on five communities … Read more »

Strong demand continues to drive rents

Press Release – Trade Me Property

The national median weekly rent continued to increase strongly in February landing at $410 per week, up 6.5 per cent compared with a year ago. This is just below last months all-time high of $420 per week. Read more »

Current account deficit reflects growing economy

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

New Zealand’s seasonally adjusted current account balance was a deficit of $2.6 billion in the December 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. This compares with a deficit of $2.4 billion in the September 2014 quarter. The larger deficit in the … Read more »

NZ current account deficit widens in 4th-qtr

Article – BusinessDesk

March 18 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealands current account deficit widened in the fourth quarter, pushing the annual gap to 3.3 percent of gross domestic product, as a growing economy helped foreign companies earn more from local investments. Read more »

Napier both top and bottom for cricket crowds

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Napier has the distinction of being New Zealands top and bottom cricket watching area after the pool rounds of the Cricket World Cup, the latest numbers from Statistics New Zealand show. Read more »

NZ economic growth to slowly come off boil in next 3 years

Article – BusinessDesk

March 16 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand economic growth will slow over the next three years, while maintaining a “solid” pace, according to the NZ Institute of Economic Research’s consensus forecasts. Read more »

Drop in Child Abuse Stats Not Reliable

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says a steep drop in child abuse rates should set off warning bells across the social sector. Read more »

Busting the Myths behind Student Drinking

Press Release – Hutt Valley DHB

Community Action on Youth Alcohol and Drugs (CAYAD) are letting students know that most young people do not drink as much as they might expect, with a new alcohol campaign What About You? . The truth is a lot of students drink responsibly, and … Read more »

Housing demand strong in the Coromandel

Press Release – Thames Coromandel District Council

Demand for housing is up in the Coromandel – as indicated by the record number of requests we’ve received for Land Information Memoranda (or LIMs) for the month of February. Read more »

SMEs increasing trust in Labour, but Govt still dominates

Press Release – MYOB

The Governments handling of the economy at the start of their third term has won approval from New Zealands small business community according to the latest nationwide MYOB Business Monitor survey of business owners and operators from around the country. Read more »

Local authorities’ operating deficit improves

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Local authorities’ operating deficit was $104.8 million in the December 2014 quarter, down $99.0 million from the previous quarter’s deficit, Statistics New Zealand said today. Read more »

Sales Volume Surge in February Real Estate Market

Press Release – Real Estate Institute Of New Zealand

6,898 dwellings sold in February 2015, up 12.6% on February 2014 and up 42.5% on January National median price of $430,000, up $15,000 on February 2014 and up $4,000 on January A rise of 3.6% in the national median price in the 12 months … Read more »

NZ house prices rise 3.6% in February

Article – BusinessDesk

NZ house prices rise 3.6% in February, led by a 14% jump in Auckland prices Read more »

Property price expectations on the rise

Press Release – Trade Me Property

Summer confidence has infected the residential property market and asking prices ticked up just over 1 per cent, according to Trade Me Propertys analysis of new listings for the three months to February 2015. Read more »

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