Monday, December 9, 2019

Beehive relieved at Reserve Bank pull back

The Reserve Bank pulled back from the brink of a full-on confrontation with the trading banks yesterday and moderated the requirements for them to hold additional capital to call on in the event of a banking crisis. The relief was apparent across the road in...

Making peace with farmers

The Prime Minister yesterday and the Environment Minister on Tuesday appear to have mounted an operation to mend fences with farmers. Only a month after...

Treaty to be at centre of education

Education Minister Chris Hipkins yesterday unveiled his rewrite of the country’s education legislation. Hipkins is billing the Education and Training Bill as a fundamental rewrite...

Labour finds its happy space

For over 30 years the Labour Party could have only dreamed of the conference it has just held. Labour...

Winning the trade war

A Government working group has come back with a report which more or less vindicates the original critics of the Trans...

Simon: That’s not what English, Joyce and even Collins said.

National Leader Simon Bridges yesterday broke with years of liberal traditions in his Party and swung it sharply to the right with...

Port row gets messy

Former Prime Minister John Key has perplexed his former National Party colleagues and antagonised Auckland business lobbyists with his surprise support to...

Tuning out Bridges’ dog-whistle

The National Party's dog whistle to the extreme right on migration has come under scrutiny at a United Nations Association event in Wellington.

Too many South Island seats? — all you need to know...

The release yesterday of the new provisional electoral boundaries sees the number of list seats in Parliament reduced by one more.

Parker’s big rewrite of the overseas investment rules

Associate Finance Minister David Parker has stopped the overseas investment regulatory loophole that Green Minister Eugenie Sage used to block the expansion...

Robertson and Fletchers to talk Ihumatao

The Government appears near to a settlement of the long-running Ihumatao land dispute in Auckland. Executives from Fletchers, who own the disputed...

Britain could shut NZ exports out

New Zealand diplomats have told the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva they fear Brexit could see New Zealand shut out of the British market for some key agricultural exports.

Shaking up Select Committees

Parliament’s Standing Orders Committee is set to consider a wide-ranging set of proposals to improve the way Parliament goes about its business.

Well, we got that wrong!

Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr is becoming predictably unpredictable. Yesterday he and the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee followed up...