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 »

NZ Dollar Outlook: Kiwi may decline on US jobs data

Article – BusinessDesk

NZ Dollar Outlook: Kiwi may decline as US jobs data seen boosting case for rate hike Read more »

More talk as Auckland congestion worsens

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The main impact of the Governments agreement with Auckland Council today will be simply to delay still further decisions needed to relieve the citys traffic congestion, says Labours Auckland Issues Spokesperson, Phil Goff. Read more »

Let’s Get Auckland Moving says EMA

Press Release – Employers And Manufacturers Association

Media statement Thursday, August 27, 2015 Lets Get Auckland Moving says EMA The joint announcement around central and local government working more closely in regards to resolving Aucklands transport issues has been hailed as a step in the right … Read more »

Treasury wrong to conclude KiwiSaver doesn’t lift savings

Article – BusinessDesk

Aug. 26 (BusinessDesk) – Treasury analysis claiming that the KiwiSaver scheme doesn’t add to national savings rates is wrong because it used data from a short period affected by the global financial crisis, compares the wrong groups of people, and ignores … Read more »

BERL forecasts cyclical slowdown

Press Release – BERL

While New Zealands economic growth for the next couple of years will be slower than in recent times it is set to remain positive, according to BERLs latest assessment of the situation and prospects for the New Zealand economy. Read more »

Stalled TPP chance for wider discussion

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Failure to get the TPP agreement across the line gives New Zealanders an opportunity to put more pressure on the Government not to sign away our sovereignty, Opposition leader Andrew Little says. Read more »

Time for the Govt to come clean on flailing TPP

Press Release – Green Party

The Government should come clean about what concessions it has already made and what issues have been left on the TPP negotiating table, the Green Party said today. Read more »

Groser disappointed TPP deal not reached

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Tim Groser is disappointed that the TPP negotiations were unable to reach a conclusion today, but TPP ministers collectively pledged to meet again as soon as possible to finalise the deal. Read more »

TPPA ministerial fails – time for NZ Govt. to cut losses

Press Release – Professor Jane Kelsey

The final ministerial meeting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in Maui has failed. Not opting to stay another day shows the gridlock is serious and potentially intractable, according to University of Auckland law professor … Read more »

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