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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...

Robertson will need more migrants

Even Grant Robertson doesn’t sound like he believes he can pull off his $8 billion infrastructure boost without maintaining high levels of immigration. He certainly...

Can shifting Auckland’s port save NZ First?

The decision yesterday by the Cabinet to confirm that Auckland’s port would have to go was as much about politics as economics. Prime Minister Jacinda...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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