Spring shoots appear in the property market

Press Release – Trade Me Property

The average asking price for a Kiwi home is on the rise again, up $6,000 over the last month to a new record of $597,250 according to the latest Trade Me Property Price Index. Read more »

Banana prices spike to record high

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Food prices rose 1.3 percent in August 2016, partly influenced by record high banana prices, Statistics New Zealand said today. Read more »

Tourists boost mid-winter guest nights

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

National guest nights for July 2016 were 6.9 percent higher than in July 2015, Statistics New Zealand said today. Record international visitor arrivals for a July month contributed to most of the increase. Read more »

Lifeline’s cry for help leads to surge in crisis calls

Press Release – Lifeline Aotearoa

In the last four months, calls made to Lifeline Aotearoa about suicide and self-harm have increased by 37 per cent. Read more »

Fuel puts the brake on card spending

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Total retail spending using electronic cards was $4.7 billion in August 2016, up $166 million (3.7 percent) from August 2015, Statistics New Zealand said today. Of the six retail industries, the only decrease was in the fuel industry, down $36 million … Read more »

Report highlights severity of housing crisis

Press Release – Every Child Counts

The Ministry of Social Development’s Household Incomes Report has reported that housing costs now take a much greater proportion of household income, especially for low-income households. Read more »

70% of families in cold, damp homes powerless to fix them

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Shocking new figures out today show 70 per cent of the families living in cold, damp homes are powerless to make improvements because they are in rental properties, Labours Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Read more »

Wealth inequality at record levels

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The housing crisis is making inequality worse, with housing costs in New Zealand now way out of proportion for those on the lowest incomes, according to the 2016 Household Incomes Report, says Labours Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. Read more »

Disconnect between what law firms think and what they do

Press Release – Australasian Legal Practice Management Association

The majority of Australasian law firms rate themselves as innovative but there is little evidence to support this claim, according to the results of the 2016 ALPMA/InfoTrack Adapting to the Changing Legal Landscape report released at the 2016 ALPMA Summit … Read more »

Better Outcomes For Stroke Survivors

Press Release – Stroke Foundation

New figures show encouraging progress in stroke treatment and awareness, Stroke Foundation CEO Mark Vivian says. Read more »

Local Authority Statistics: June 2016 quarter – tables

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

This release provides the latest data on the performance of core non-trading activities of local authorities. See Local Authority Statistics: June 2016 quarter tables on our website. Read more »

Meat and dairy boost manufacturing sales

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

A lift in meat and dairy manufacturing helped increase total manufacturing sales in the June 2016 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. Read more »

QV average value for Auckland tops $1 million dollars

Press Release – QV Valuations

The latest monthly QV House Price Index shows that nationwide residential property values for August have increased 14.6% over the past year. Values rose by 6.0% over the past three months and are now 47.8% above the previous market peak of late 2007. … Read more »

New look Father’s Day caps off mixed bag for August spending

Press Release – Paymark

Fathers Day gifts appear to have changed somewhat over the years, if this years spending patterns on the Paymark network are anything to go by. Read more »

Impact of August cold snap on electricity consumption

Press Release – Electricity Authority

The Electricity Authoritys latest data shows the major impact seasons have on New Zealands electricity consumption. The chart below compares electricity consumption on 8 February and 8 August 2016. Read more »

Signs of Challenges for Exporters

Press Release – Manufacturers and Exporters Association

The latest New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) Survey of Business Conditions completed during August 2016, shows total sales in July 2016 decreased 15.27% (year on year export sales decreased by 20.48% with domestic sales … Read more »

New Zealand Climate Summary: Winter 2016

Press Release – NIWA

Temperature Winter temperatures were near average (-0.50C to +0.50C) for Taranaki, western Waikato, Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough and coastal Otago. Winter temperatures were above average (+0.51C to +1.20C) elsewhere. Rainfall Rainfall was near normal … Read more »

New Zealand Climate Summary: August 2016

Press Release – NIWA

Temperature August temperatures were below average (-1.20C to -0.51C) in the north and east of the South Island. It was an especially chilly month across the northwestern Tasman region where mean temperatures were well below average ( Rainfall … Read more »

Monthly Economic Indicators August 2016

Press Release – New Zealand Treasury

Solid labour demand drove growth in aggregate labour earnings, boosting household spending in the June quarter. The upswing in activity continued in the September quarter, driven by net migration, tourism and housing demand. Despite robust … Read more »

August New Vehicle Sales Build Further on a Record Year

Press Release – Motor Industry Association

David Crawford, Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Industry Association says an already record year to date for new vehicle registrations just got stronger with the highest August registrations since 1984. August registrations of 12,677 is up … Read more »

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