Greens celebrate $120 million savings from banking tender

Press Release – Green Party

The Green Party is celebrating the conclusion of an uphill battle to get National to run a competitive tender process for New Zealands biggest banking contract the Governments master banking contract. Read more »

Westpac keeps core government transactions contract

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 5 (BusinessDesk) – The local arm of Westpac Banking Corp has kept its contract with the New Zealand government to provide core transactions, but will have to share peripheral services with its rivals. Read more »

Monthly Economic Indicators September 2015

Press Release – New Zealand Treasury

The September Monthly Economic Indicators (MEI) was published today on the Treasury Website at 2:00pm. The report provides a summary of recent economic events. Read more »

NZ In 2015 Open Budget Survey: Results and Event

Press Release – Jonathan Dunn

Results for the 2015 Open Budget Survey (OBS) assessing budget transparency and accountability were recently released. The IGPS-hosted dissemination event is scheduled for Monday 5 October . Read more »

Balance of Payments and International Investment Position

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Of New Zealands $202.8 billion total investment abroad, 60.7 percent was in Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Read more »

Early levy removal shows crisis manufactured

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The early removal of ACC residual levies confirms that Nationals manufactured crisis in ACC when they took office was just an excuse to over-charge ACC levies for the past seven years, Labours ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. Read more »

Regional amenities, independent review of rail costs

Press Release – Auckland Council

A number of reports were presented and discussed at todays Finance and Performance Committee. The following is a digest of decisions made. Read more »

Parliament should back pathway to work

Press Release – New Zealand Government

People receiving benefits would get a much needed financial boost from part-time work and a pathway into full-time employment under a new Members Bill drawn today, says the Bills sponsor and Social Development spokesperson Carmel … Read more »

English: On Social Investment

Speech – New Zealand Government

It is a pleasure to launch this Treasury Guest Lecture Series focused on social investment. Read more »

Feedback sought on GST rule fixes

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Todd McClay has welcomed the release today of an issues paper that provides options to improve the way certain GST-related rules operate in practice. Read more »

EXCLUSIVE: Alternative bidder emerges for Solid Energy

Article – BusinessDesk

Sept. 17 (BusinessDesk) – A New South Wales-based mining investor, Mach Energy, is expected to make an alternative bid for distressed state-owned coal miner Solid Energy at today’s ‘watershed’ meeting of creditors in Christchurch this morning. Read more »

Climate uncertainty hurting business – Treasury

Press Release – Green Party

The Treasury has told Finance Minister Bill English that the current regulatory uncertainty around climate is hurting business, the Green Party said today. Read more »

Govt must come clean on secret HNZ dividend

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The Prime Minister must explain why Housing New Zealand is set to pay the Government $454 million in dividends in the next financial year four times more than expected, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. Read more »

Report opens door to privatisation of social services

Press Release – New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The CTU wants more support for publically provided social services and is concerned that todays report from the Productivity Commission is an opportunity for the Government to open up social services to untested and new forms of private provision. Read more »

Government doubles down on underfunding social services

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The Government will continue its chronic underfunding of social services, with todays Productivity Commission report recommending more of the same failed strategy, says Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. Read more »

Superfund “Neither Confirm Or Deny” Over Silver Fern Farms

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

Any announcement on the sale of New Zealands largest beef exporter Silver Fern Farms has been delayed after efforts by New Zealand First to shine light on the issue. Read more »

Property rules strengthened by Taxation Bill

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Todd McClay and Land Information Minister Louise Upston say people buying and selling property for profit will now be unable to avoid paying their fair share of tax. Read more »

New Paper Advances Thinking on Living Standards

Press Release – New Zealand Treasury

Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf has welcomed the publication of The New Zealand Treasurys Living Standards Framework Exploring a Stylised Model , a new Working Paper by the Treasurys Chief Economist Dr Girol Karacaoglu. Read more »

Northland Business Axed, Foreign Giant Gets Privileged Deal

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

When alerted that a Northland business has been dumped from government contracts in favour of a foreign-owned corporate in the waste industry, Mr Joyce showed not an ounce of concern, says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for … Read more »

Five New Working Papers Published by the Treasury

Press Release – New Zealand Treasury

The Treasury published five new Working Papers today, covering analysis of fiscal policy, retirement income, labour supply responses to tax and transfer changes, and the Living Standards Framework. Read more »

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