Dry spells take hold in South Island

Press Release – NIWA

Many areas in the South Island are tracking towards record dry spells as relatively warm, dry weather that began in mid-August continues. A dry spell is defined as a period of 15 days or more with less than 1mm of rain on any one day. Read more »

Poll finds Cunliffe more impressive in debates so far

Press Release – Horizon Research Limited

While the two main political parties leaders prepare for another election campaign debate tonight, a poll finds the Labour leader has impressed more than Nationals leader in debates so far. Read more »

Cantabrians in large study on impact of teenage cannabis use

Press Release – University of Otago

Teenagers who use cannabis daily are 60 per cent less likely to complete high school or get a degree compared with non-users, latest research shows. The study, published in the latest edition of Lancet , also shows daily users are nearly seven times more … Read more »

NZ guest nights rise in July

Article – BusinessDesk

Sept. 10 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand guest nights rose 1.3 percent in July as school holidays lifted domestic travel and short-term international visitor numbers rose to a record. Read more »

Guest nights rise in July

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The trend for New Zealand guest nights continued to rise in July, Statistics New Zealand said today. The series has risen for the latest 26 months. Read more »

Are the Greens still an Environmental Party?

Press Release – Taxpayers’ Union

Analysis of the spending promises by the Green Party this election year, shows that only 9% of the Partys committed spending relates to environmental priorities. According to the Taxpayers Union Bribe-O-Meter ‘ of the $4.9 billion in new … Read more »

NZ spending on credit, debit cards rises 0.6% in August

Article – BusinessDesk

Sept. 9 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealanders increased their spending on credit and debit cards in August, with a pick-up in the hospitality sector driving core retail expenditure in the month. Read more »

Retail card spending rises in August

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Retail spending using electronic cards increased by a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent in August 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today. Read more »

More New Zealanders on super than self-employed

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

More people are now receiving New Zealand superannuation or the veterans pension than are earning income from self-employment or business, according to census results released by Statistics New Zealand today. Read more »

2014 Insured Cost of Weather Now Over $135 Million

Press Release – Insurance Council of New Zealand

New reports have taken the insured cost of weather-related damage this year to over $135.4 million, the Insurance Council of New Zealand announced today. Read more »

Statistics NZ staff to strike

Press Release – Public Service Association

Staff at Statistics NZ offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch will be taking a full day of strike action, including a two hour rally, in support of their demand for a pay system that is clear, fair and negotiated, after a breakdown in collective … Read more »

NZ manufacturing growth stalls in June quarter

Article – BusinessDesk

Sept. 8 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand manufacturing sales volumes shrank in the second three months of the year as milk and meat production declined. Read more »

Industrial property identified as the quiet achiever

Press Release – Bayleys

Industrial property has been identified as the steadiest performer in the real estate market by a new report. Read more »

Manufacturing sales dip in June quarter

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The total manufacturing sales volume fell in the June 2014 quarter, with mixed results across industries, Statistics New Zealand said today. Read more »

New research shows New Zealanders’ views on child poverty

Press Release – Child Poverty Action Group

The findings of a survey into what New Zealanders think about child poverty in our country have been released today. Child Poverty Action Group commissioned MMResearch, in association with Research Now to conduct an online survey sampling 1013 members … Read more »

New Commercial Registrations Strongest on Record

Press Release – Motor Industry Association

David Crawford, Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Industry Association says registrations of 3,106 new commercial vehicles for the month of August reflects continued strong demand, being the strongest August sales since 1981 when the MIA began collecting … Read more »

Wholesale sales lift in June quarter

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Seasonally adjusted total sales increased 1.8 percent in the latest quarter, after a 0.2 percent fall in the March 2014 quarter. Read more »

Wholesale trade rises in second quarter

Article – BusinessDesk

Sept. 5 (BusinessDesk) – Wholesale trade rose in the second quarter, after a fall in the first three months of the year, as sales of groceries, liquor and tobacco products picked up. Read more »

Tourism spending forecast to grow 25% by 2020

Press Release – Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

Spending by international visitors is expected to grow by 25 per cent to $8.3 billion by 2020, according to the New Zealand Tourism Sector Outlook 2014-2020 released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Read more »

Climate Summary: A mild winter for much of the country

Press Release – NIWA

A mild winter for much of the country. Temperature It was a mild winter for much of the country, but especially for the South Island where winter temperatures were predominantly above average (0.5 to 1.2C above average). The exception was parts … Read more »

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