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So Grant, what’s next?

One of the country’s leading economics consultancies, Infometrics, has published a report today saying there is no evidence that the Government is ready to...

Light rail; make the property owners pay

The Auckland Light Rail Project, confirmed by the Government yesterday, is not only about transport. Though it is hyped by its advocates as a green...

The government ignores Treasury’s advice and goes its own way on property prices

The Government has been talking about the core elements of its housing package, which it announced yesterday since November last year. POLITIK was briefed then...

A capital gains tax by any other name

The Government may have found a way around increasing pressure to introduce a capital gains tax to restrain investor housing demand. POLITIK understands consideration is...

Robertson is asking for it

Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr believes the Government’s most recent instructions to the  Bank may mean it could “nudge” house prices down “a bit.” However,...

What if the tourists don’t come back

Finance Minister Grant Robertson was yesterday upbeat about the opening of New Zealand’s border soon. But the big question facing the Government is what happens...

Government has little to say about housing crisis

With the Reserve Bank yesterday forecasting that annual house price inflation will reach 22 per cent by the middle of the year, the Government...

Beehive leans on its shovels

Like a ghost from another era the great hope for the Covid recovery, the Shovel Ready Projects programme, made an appearance at a Select...

Some gloss starts to come off Covid economic success story

Some of the gloss is starting to come off the Government's Covid economic success story. Data released by the Government yesterday shows that Maori...

It’s ok to smile now, Grant

Unemployment statistics out yesterday confirmed that Treasury’s early Covid-19 forecasts were woefully off the mark. But ironically, those same forecasts prompted the Government to act,...

The China trade agreement; you can’t always get what you want to get

New Zealand Trade Minister Damien O'Connor yesterday finally got to sign the upgrade to the New Zealand – China Free Trade Agreement negotiated in...

Robertson beats Treasury’s forecasts

Go back eight months; the country was in lockdown, and Treasury produced a series of economic scenarios sketching how Covid might play out. The most...

David Parker’s big oppurtunity

David Parker’s seemingly odd decision to request the Revenue portfolio from the Prime Minister when she appointed her new Cabinet now makes sense. The Briefings...

How our trade negotiators will navigate the post Trump, post covid, new green world.

It sounds simple. Trump goes; vaccines neutralise Covid, and by the end of next year, foreign trade is back to what we used to...

Robertson considering crackdown on property investors

The Finance Minister’s letter to the Reserve Bank yesterday about rising house prices is just a part of what is a much wider Government...