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Government under fire over entry exemptions

Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford was under fire last night for preferring “glamour industries” like film making when granting Covid-19 entry exemptions for workers. Twyford...

Robertson’s “Labour” budget; borrowing the future

Nasty, brutish --- but possibly short. Or maybe shortish. That is what yesterday's Budget is picking the depression to be. It was an unashamedly Labour document....

It’s budget day and the election campaign begins

The Prime Minister all but launched her-re-election campaign yesterday. In a speech in the Beehive Theatrette, she said that  In the coming month the Government...

ACT is back with more members, more money and a bold new plan

What is increasingly looking a hard-fought contest between National and ACT for the centre-right vote took another turn last night with ACT releasing a...

The odd couple open up the Tasman

Air New Zealand could be flying the Tasman again in time for the July school holidays which start on July 1. Tourism industry sources believe...

Robertson’s revival plan

Grant Robertson is already well into what is likely to be a fundamental reconstruction of the New Zealand economy. This will be no collection of...

“Helicopter” handouts not yet cleared for takeoff

This weekend will see the Government leave the Level Four lockdown where the emphasis has primarily been on health matters and move to a...

Avoiding the depression

The Government is now considering the future of the $10 billion wage subsidy scheme and is considering whether it should be amended, continued or...

We’ve got a long way to go yet

One of Auckland biggest construction projects – presumably the Convention Centre --- will only be able to operate at 30 per under its usual...

Robertson: “It is the challenge I have been waiting for.”

In a major speech yesterday Finance Minister Grant Robertson made it clear that the recovery from the covid-19 recession – or very probably, depression...

How the crisis could sour workers

Few employers will have given much thought to the long term impact of the covid-19 crisis on their employment relations. They should have, because how employers treat their workers in the short term will have a profound effect on how those workers treat their employers in the long term.

After the lockdown, here comes the biggest construction boom – ever.

The construction industry should be back to work in May on a vast infrastructure build that is likely to be the biggest in New...

How the lockdown end may be a false dawn

Cabinet will decide on Monday week whether to come out of Level Four of the lockdown. But as the year unfolds and the grim reality...

Never waste a crisis

Finance Minister Grant Robertson fronted up to the Covid-19 Select Committee and began answering the two big questions about the virus and its impact. When...

The virus gets serious and Air New Zealand is the first casualty

The full economic impact of the covid-19 crisis became clear last night with a stunning announcement from Air NZ that it is to become...

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