Record Setting January For New Vehicle Registrations

Press Release – Motor Industry Association

David Crawford, Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Industry Association says Businesses and consumers continued to buy up large in January 2016, with 11,893 new vehicle registrations resulting in the strongest month of January on record. January 2016 … Read more »

Unemployment rate falls to 5.3 percent

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent in the December 2015 quarter (from 6.0 percent), Statistics New Zealand said today. This is the lowest unemployment rate since March 2009. There were 16,000 fewer people unemployed than in the September … Read more »

NZ new car sales hit record in January on commercial demand

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 3 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand new vehicle sales rose to a record in January, as demand for commercial models offset a decline in passenger registrations. Read more »

OIO releases Motukawaiti (Step) Island findings

Press Release – Land Information New Zealand

OIO releases Motukawaiti (Step) Island findings The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) today announced that it is not able to take action over the purchase of Motukawaiti Island also known as Step Island by New Zealand company St Morris NZ Limited. Read more »

Good Progress – But More Work to Do to Make Forestry Safe

Press Release – Forest Industry Safety Council

A reduction in deaths and serious injuries in forestry since 2013 is encouraging but there is more work to be done yet, the Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC) says. Read more »

NZ honey exports soar 41% in 2015 to new record

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 1 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand honey exports soared 41 percent to a new record last year as the country benefited from demand for high-value manuka honey. Read more »

NZ migration at record high in 2015 as fewer depart for Aust

Article – BusinessDesk

NZ migration at record high in 2015 as fewer depart for Australia, foreign students flood in Read more »

Bulletin looks at divergence in house prices

Press Release – Reserve Bank

The Reserve Bank today published a Bulletin article, New Zealand house prices: a historical perspective that provides historical context to the current divergence between house price inflation in Auckland and the rest of New Zealand. Read more »

NZ residential building consents rise 2.3% in December

Article – BusinessDesk

NZ residential building consents rise 2.3% in December, driven by Auckland and neighbouring regions Read more »

Huge Increase in Children’s Book Loans by Ruapehu Libraries

Press Release – Ruapehu District Council

The huge success of the childrens summer reading programme along with other activities has seen Ruapehu libraries have an extremely busy summer holiday period. Read more »

New Zealand wine exports reach record $1.5 billion high

Press Release – New Zealand Winegrowers

New Zealand wine exports have reached a new record high of $1.54 billion for the 2015 year, up 14% on 2014 according to New Zealand Winegrowers. Read more »

NZ imports rise to record high in 2015 as kiwi dollar falls

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 28 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand imports rose to a record high last year as a decline in the value of the currency pushed up values. Read more »

Annual goods imports reach new high in 2015

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

In December 2015 the value of imported goods was $52.5 billion, a new high for a calendar year, Statistics New Zealand said today. This is up $1.3 billion (2.5 percent) from the December 2014 year. The rise occurred despite a fall of $2.5 billion in … Read more »

NZ among top nations in fighting corruption

Press Release – New Zealand Government

New Zealand has been reaffirmed as one of the top countries in the world for low corruption levels, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. Read more »

Corruption Free? – NZ drops again

Press Release – Transparency International

New Zealand has fallen to fourth place in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). This is its second consecutive drop in a survey it has previously topped 7 times because of the corruption-free reputation of its public sector. Read more »

Auckland housing measures weigh on price expectations

Press Release – ASB Bank

Falls in interest rate expectations have eased; many see no change in interest rates ahead. Read more »

New Zealanders Among the World’s Most Holiday-Deprive

Press Release – Haystac

New Zealanders Among the Worlds Most Holiday-Deprive New Zealanders given 20 days off and take 15, down from 2014; South Korean workers retain ranking as worlds most vacation deprived followed by Japanese Auckland, New Zealand, January 26, 2016 … Read more »

Competition grows with the release of new ANCAP ratings

Press Release – New Zealand Automobile Association

A string of 5 stars kicks off the New Year with the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Lexus RX and the Jaguar XE all awarded the highest ANCAP safety ratings. Read more »

‘No quick fix’ to Auckland housing price

Press Release – New Zealand Property Institute

Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive, Ashley Church, says that there is no quick fix to Auckland house prices following claims that Auckland is now the worlds fifth most expensive city in which to buy a house. Read more »

Baby boomer government lets down a generation

Press Release – ACT New Zealand

The 12th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey is a reminder of how little resolve the Government has applied to fixing a dysfunctional housing market. Read more »

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