Hardworking Kiwis need better public services, not neglect

Press Release – New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The current Governments priorities for next years Budget say nothing about improving public services, yet deteriorating public services hurt working people as much as a pay cut, says CTU Economist, Bill Rosenberg. Read more »

NZ government to spend more as economy accelerates

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 8 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand government has earmarked an extra $2.1 billion for capital spending in its election-year budget as it benefits from a stronger forecast track of economic growth in the next few years that will swell its tax take. Read more »

Government’s update paints a rosy economic picture

Press Release – PricewaterhouseCoopers

Treasurys Half Yearly Economic and Fiscal Update offers a rosy outlook for the next few years. Growth is expected to be around 3.5% and averaging 3% over the next five years. Read more »

Another ‘Steady as She Goes’ economic update for the Crown

Press Release – PricewaterhouseCoopers

The Governments Half Yearly Budget Policy Statement paints a rosy picture of the economy: with strong growth, coupled with low inflation and weak wage pressures. Read more »

Treasury forecasts solid growth, stable finances

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Treasurys latest forecasts show the Governments programme of responsible economic and fiscal management is delivering benefits for New Zealanders, Finance Minister Bill English says. Read more »

Wheeler not keen on bank deposit insurance

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 7 (BusinessDesk) – The Reserve Bank is unlikely to introduce state-backed insurance on bank deposits, saying the moral hazard is too high and it prefers the option of protecting those with small balances through guaranteed repayments. Read more »

PSA welcomes would-be PM’s promise to properly fund health

Press Release – Public Service Association

“Better late than never” – PSA welcomes would-be PM Colemans promise to properly fund health Read more »

Government Financial Statements, 4 Months to 31/10/16

Press Release – New Zealand Treasury

Please find attached the Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the four months ended 31 October 2016. Read more »

NZ retirement age in question with Key exit

Article – BusinessDesk

NZ retirement age in question with Key exit; Labour’s Little rules out raising age Read more »

Tourism bed tax should include Air BnB, says report

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 2 (BusinessDesk) – A joint tourism industry proposal to raise $130 million a year for public facilities that tourists use should include a $2 per night bed tax and include accommodation offered through the ‘sharing economy’ accommodation app … Read more »

Makhlouf: Globalism Over Protectionism

Speech – New Zealand Treasury

Speech delivered at the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA) Conference in Wellington by the Secretary to the Treasury, Gabriel Makhlouf, 29 November 2016. Read more »

OECD multilateral instrument to counter BEPS

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Michael Woodhouse today welcomed the release of the OECDs new multilateral instrument the latest step in the global fight against base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). Read more »

Ensuring quality investments for New Zealand

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The Minister for Land Information Louise Upston says advisors to overseas investors are helping to make sure New Zealand attracts and secures quality investments. Read more »

Treasury Fiscal Update: A NZ First View

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

Treasurys latest statement on New Zealand’s fiscal position over the next 40 years avoids any critical analysis so its value and objectivity is limited, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters. Read more »

Politicians must take Treasury report seriously

Press Release – ACT New Zealand

ACT alone is calling for a debate over the sustainability of New Zealand Superannuation, says Leader David Seymour as Treasury releases its fourth long term fiscal update. Read more »

Don’t believe the hype – debt has skyrocketed under National

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The reckless dangling of tax cuts by the National Government is all the more irresponsible when it is put alongside the failure to pay down debt or put money aside for future superannuation costs, says Labours Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. Read more »

Govt considering ‘family package’ rather than tax cuts alone

Article – BusinessDesk

Nov. 21 (BusinessDesk) – The government is considering an election year budget that includes a mixture of tax and other measures aimed at lower income families, Prime Minister John Key said. Read more »

$7.5M support package for small business hit by quake

Article – BusinessDesk

Nov. 17 (BusinessDesk) – The government has announced a staff support subsidy for small businesses facing a dramatic slump in turnover after this week’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake that’s stranded the coastal town of Kaikoura. Read more »

$20 bln defence plan: new frigates, camp spruce-ups, cyber

Article – BusinessDesk

Nov. 16 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand’s defence plans out to 2030 include replacing the two Anzac-class frigates, adding transport aircraft, the possible replacement of armoured vehicles, new inshore capabilities, and a spruce-up for camps and bases. Read more »

$4.9M Loss as Minister Fails to Recover Charter Assets

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

Taxpayers appear to have lost $4.9 million after the failure of a Northland charter school, that lasted only two years, says New Zealand First. Read more »

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