District Health Boards’ big budget blowout

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

District health boards are struggling with a $54 million shortfall in their budgets, increasing the stress on our health system, says Labours Health spokesperson Annette King. Read more »

CPAG says, “We can do much better for our children”

Press Release – Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) will this Friday, 2 September, table a discussion of the biggest issue facing low-income families in New Zealand today – the Government’s “social investment approach” to welfare reform. CPAGs concern is that … Read more »

Research shows new cancer medicines pay for themselves

Press Release – Medicines New Zealand

Research by prominent American economist, Professor Frank Lichtenberg, proves New Zealands investment in cancer medicines reduces hospital spending, contributes to improved survival rates and decreases premature mortality rates. Read more »

Further investment in new Defence capabilities

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee today welcomed the signing of a contract to upgrade the Royal New Zealand Air Force Underwater, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capability on our six Orion aircraft with Boeing for a total of $36 million. Read more »

Time to commit to learning support

Press Release – Green Party

Proposals to change special education funding to learning support needs to ensure access, equity, and sustained support, the Green Party said today. Read more »

Predator Free – a Trillon Dollar Cost

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

A predator-free New Zealand by 2050 is likely to cost trillions, not millions as the government claims, says New Zealand First. Read more »

LVR start date deferred until 1 October 2016

Press Release – Reserve Bank

The Reserve Bank is deferring the start of the proposed changes to investor loan-to-value restrictions (LVRs) nationwide from 1 September to 1 October 2016, based on feedback from the banking industry from its recent consultation on the proposals. Read more »

Burnt out doctors symptom of wider problem

Press Release – Green Party

New research looking into senior doctors and dentists work-related burnout raises significant concerns about the state of our health system, the Green Party said today. Read more »

EDS supports Green Party’s Taonga Levy

Press Release – Environmental Defence Society

At the EDS Conference Wild Places yesterday, the Green Party leader James Shaw announced a proposed Taonga Levy, which would be applied to international visitors at the border. Read more »

ANZ, Westpac limit mortgage rate cuts

Article – BusinessDesk

Aug. 11 (BusinessDesk) – Two of New Zealand’s major banks have rewarded savers more than borrowers in the wake of the cut to the official cash rate by upping the interest rate for deposits while making more modest reductions to mortgage rates. Read more »

NZ among the few nations yet to hit limits

Article – BusinessDesk

Aug. 11 (BusinessDesk) – The Reserve Bank of New Zealand still has room to move on monetary policy unlike many central banks that have already pulled their policy levers to the limits of their effective range, governor Graeme Wheeler says. Read more »

NZ dollar falls as traders mull prospects of deeper OCR cut

Article – BusinessDesk

NZ dollar falls as traders mull prospects of deeper OCR cut, 2-year swaps fall below 2% Read more »

Treasury Release: Monthly Economic Indicators July 2016

Press Release – New Zealand Treasury

Key economic data releases in July point to stronger economic growth in the June quarter than expected in the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update . Business surveys point to robust economic activity, supported by stronger-than-expected export volumes … Read more »

Mainfreight’s Plested gives recipe for NZ

Article – BusinessDesk

Mainfreight’s Plested gives recipe for NZ including capital gains tax, performance pay for teachers Read more »

Make adequate funding available for affordable housing

Press Release – Community Housing Aotearoa

Community housing groups are saying that desperately needed social housing in New Zealand must be delivered by both Housing New Zealand and social housing providers if it is to succeed. Read more »

Collaboration critical for future community needs

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Local Government Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today called for greater collaboration between local councils to meet future community needs. Read more »

IRD scores an ‘A’ in Treasury investor confidence ratings

Article – BusinessDesk

July 26 (BusinessDesk) – The Inland Revenue Department has scored an ‘A’ in the first tranche of the Treasury’s investor confidence rating (IRC) for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, … Read more »

First investor confidence rating released

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Hon Bill English Minister of Finance 26 July 2016 Media Statement First investor confidence rating released The first release of the Investor Confidence Rating (ICR) has given government agencies a mid to high level rating for investment management … Read more »

LGNZ Conference – A WAG/HAB-Free Event?

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Research interns at the Taxpayers Union have today been informally surveying councils across New Zealand, and are happy to confirm that most councils have departed from the historic norm of spouses attending the Local Government New Zealand annual conference, … Read more »

Predator-free NZ welcome, will take more than lip service

Press Release – Green Party

The Green Party welcomes the Governments announcement that it will work towards eradicating all predators from New Zealand by 2050, but says it will take more than lip service and putting out the begging bowl to make that dream a reality. Read more »

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