University students pushed further into debt

Press Release – Green Party

Students have become significantly poorer since National took office according to recently released data, the Green Party said today. Read more »

Rents continue to resist inflationary pressure

Press Release – Trade Me Property

For the fifth consecutive month, the national median rent remained unchanged at $400 per week and up just over 5 per cent on a year ago, according to the Trade Me Property Rental Price Index out today. Read more »

Growing Global Health Awareness Could Mean Big Business

Press Release – The Nielsen Company

NEW YORK, Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The battle against the bulge is a global phenomenon that could translate into real opportunity for manufacturers, according to a new study by Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights … Read more »

Finance Minister English to keep lid on public sector wages

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 21 (BusinessDesk) – Finance Minister Bill English has warned public sector employees will face “restrained” wage increases as he tries to get the government books back in the black while contending with lower than expected inflation. Read more »

International education now worth $2.85 billion

Press Release – New Zealand Government

International education continues to be a star performer in New Zealands export-led growth according to latest data, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says. Read more »

Low inflation helping households get ahead

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Low inflation is helping New Zealand households get ahead, with wages on average continuing to rise faster than the cost of living, Finance Minister Bill English says. Read more »

UPDATE: NZ inflation falls below RBNZ’s target

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 21 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand’s annual pace of inflation slowed to below the Reserve Bank’s target band in the final three months of the year, giving governor Graeme Wheeler more room to keep the benchmark interest rate lower for longer. Read more »

NZ consumer prices fall 0.2% in December quarter

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 21 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand consumer prices fell in the final three months of 2014 as plunging oil prices prompted cheaper deals at the petrol pump and led to the first quarter of deflation since December 2012. The New Zealand dollar dropped. Read more »

Skilled job vacancies grew in December

Press Release – Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

Skilled job vacancies advertised online increased by 1.1 per cent for the month of December, and were up 7.4 per cent in the past year to December, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employments Jobs Online report. Read more »

Work Life Balance Overtakes Money as Employees’ Top Priority

Press Release – Hudson

New Zealand 21 January 2015 Work life balance has surpassed salary as the primary motivator for New Zealand professionals for the first time, according to The Hiring Report: The State of Hiring in New Zealand 2015 [1] . Read more »

Start-Up payments for kin carers available now

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Applications are now open for the 2015 round of School and Year Start-up payments available to kin carers, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley confirmed today. Read more »

Teen births on the way down in New Zealand

Press Release – Superu

This is one of the findings of the latest research from the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (Superu, formerly known as the Families Commission). The research, released today and based on 2013 data, shows that: Read more »

2014 Provisional Drowning Toll at 90 Deaths

Press Release – Water Safety New Zealand

Ninety people mostly men and including eight pre-school children – drowned in New Zealand in 2014. Read more »

AA tows around the world 16 times in 80 days

Press Release – AA Media Centre

In 2014, the AAs towing contractors travelled a whopping combined 2.7 million kilometres, taking into account driving to the job, completing the tow and then returning to base. Read more »

11th Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey

Press Release – Demographia

The 11th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey covers 378 metropolitan markets in nine countries (Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States). A total of 86 … Read more »

Please Explain Health Minister

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is demanding an explanation as to why the elective surgery figures from Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman are being disputed by District Health Boards. Read more »

Keep children safe in all households

Press Release – NZ Property Investors’ Federation

All the landlords we represent will totally agree with the need to keep children injury-free said Andrew King, Executive Officer of the NZ Property Investors Federation (NZPIF), but we question the fact that only one group of accommodation … Read more »

Guest nights rise in November

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

National guest nights for November 2014 were 5.9 percent higher than in November 2013, Statistics New Zealand said today. This is the eighth consecutive month of rises. Read more »

Residential Real Estate Market Ends 2014 with Sales Surge

Press Release – Real Estate Institute Of New Zealand

7,064 dwellings sold in December 2014, up 24.2% on December 2013; strongest December sales since 2006 and the second strongest December on record National median price of $450,000, up $23,000 on December 2013 and down $5,750 on November 2013 … Read more »

2014 year of mixed sentiment in residential market

Press Release – QV Valuations

It was a stop start year for residential property values with some flat periods due to uncertainty associated with the LVR speed limits, interest rate hikes and an election, along with periods of rapid value increases in some areas and decreasing values in … Read more »

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