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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...

The ghost of Michael Joseph Savage

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has stamped her leadership on her Governments response to the coronavirus It was there in her reply to  mostly negative attack...

Billions to fight the virus

Air New Zealand’s chair and chief executive met Transport Minister Phil Twyford late yesterday to talk about the situation facing the airline. Twyford would not...

Tuesday: make or break for Ardern and Robertson

This could be the week that makes or breaks the sixth Labour Government. On Tuesday the Finance Minister will unveil the first of what may...

Robertson’s one two economic punch

The Government is planning a two-stage response to the coronavirus economic crisis. First up, it will deal with the consequences of supply chains – both...

An economic shock like no other

The Government appears to be stepping up its response to the coronavirus, particularly its economic impact. A poll conducted by a former Labour party pollster,...

Robertson warning that coronavirus impact is getting worse

Finance Minister Grant Robertson has confirmed that the Government is ready to abandon its optimistic forecasts of the economic impact of the coronavirus. He told...

First predictions of a recession

The enormity of the coronavirus crisis is beginning to sink in with forecasts now that it could lead to a recession later in the...

Student travel ban: “a betrayal of trust”

Time is running out to save New Zealand’s Chinese university education market. Universities have begun their orientation weeks this week, and there is still no...

National’s economic policy could include second Auckland harbour crossing

National Leader Simon Bridges is suggesting a National Government could bring forward Auckland’s second harbour crossing. The Auckland Transport Alignment Project current does not have...

But wait — there may be more

It would seem highly likely that the Government has not finished making infrastructure announcements. Finance Minister Grant Robertson has $4 billion of his proposed borrowing...

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