Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage has announced changes to the country’s waste management strategy, including possible mandatory “product stewardship” of tyres.
Green MPs faced up to party members in Palmerston North to talk about the challenges and rewards of being part of the Government, Thomas Coughlan reports.
The Greens are reviewing their governing constitution to bring it up to speed with the challenges of government.
The Government will look at whether stronger tests should be set for land sales involving water takes when it embarks on the second stage of the Overseas Investment Act review.
The Government hopes its new procurement and planning agency will help it navigate its way out of the infrastructure hole, Thomas Coughlan reports.
Brilliance International has been fined $540,000 after pleading guilty to breaking fair trading law by claiming steel mesh met standards that it actually did not.
Tourism Holdings chief financial officer Mark Davis is on medical leave until next month and will miss an already delayed annual results announcement.
The Government is to create a new infrastructure agency to oversee its investment and long-term planning in infrastructure.
Corrections is in the spotlight after placing a child sex offender in a motel housing vulnerable families, a sign of a wider problem it faces. Dozens of houses may have to be built on prison land as the housing crisis and community opposition bite, Sam Sachdeva reports.
The government needs to be acting now if it is to sustain take-up of electric vehicles as part of its emissions reduction strategy, industry lobby group Drive Electric says.
Higher fuel prices continued to squeeze margins in the second quarter as the prices paid by producers lifted more than the prices they obtained for their goods.
The New Zealand wool market started the new season on "a very weak note" due to concerns about US tariffs on Chinese products, according to AgriHQ's latest monthly report on the sheep & beef sector.
he New Zealand dollar failed to break above 66 US cents as fears over trade tensions between China and the US were allayed by the prospect of talks later this month.
Rod Oram takes a closer look at Chris Castle's latest attempt to raise another $10 million to apply to dredge for phosphate on the Chatham Rise at a depth 350 metres deeper than ever mined before.
Controversial changes to the rules governing overseas investment will soon take effect after being passed by Parliament this week. Businesses now need to consider how to best work with the new rules. Andrew Petersen and Glenn Shewan from Bell Gully take a look how the new regime may affect commercial transactions.
A panel at a big infrastructure conference in Auckland has blasted authorities for being all talk and no action over desperately-needed housing and transport fixes
Phil Twyford says he will draw up what he calls an action plan with the beleaguered construction industry to address its deep-rooted problems, Thomas Coughlan reports.
Former MP Peter Dunne has seen plenty of inquiries come and go over controversies around the Cabinet table. He looks at whether the Wally Haumaha inquiry could prove a unwelcome distraction and test of Jacinda Ardern's resolve.
The New Zealand dollar gained against the greenback as markets were cheered by news a Chinese delegation will travel to the United States for talks later this month.
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust has acquired another 7.7 million shares in casino operator SkyCity Entertainment, lifting its relevant interest in the firm to 6.2 percent.
MPs facing an already difficult choice on whether to allow euthanasia in New Zealand may feel increasingly conflicted after high-profile figures on each side of the debate made articulate arguments for their case, as Sam Sachdeva reports.
In this week's MediaRoom column, Tim Murphy looks at what premium New Zealand Herald content might cost with a new paywall, the write-down of Stuff Ltd by its owner and another experienced journalist heading to PR.
Sales at Downer EDI's New Zealand division rose 59 percent, benefitting from last year's purchase of parts of the Hawkins Group.
New Zealand needs to be more ambitious if it is to improve the performance of its major centres and the contribution they make to the national economy, Housing and Development Minister Phil Twyford said today.
The National Party is promising that a wholesale bill with its proposals for the reform of the Resource Management Act will be drawn up for 2019.
At his party's recent conference, ACT leader David Seymour made the case for reducing the size of Parliament. But smaller government doesn't always equal small government, Liam Hehir writes, arguing that doubling the number of MPs could be a better call.
Precinct Properties New Zealand says the Commercial Bay project in downtown Auckland will be completed a little later than scheduled but is still backing contractor Fletcher Construction to complete the $1 billion development.
The New Zealand dollar held near a two-and-a-half year low as global investors remained nervous about risk-sensitive assets after Turkey's recent woes put the spotlight back on emerging markets.
Here's my pick of the news links and quotes from around the political economy here and globally this morning.
Iwi leaders have rejected the government’s plans for a new Māori working group on fresh water management. BusinessDesk's Gavin Evans reports.
With the news a Queen’s Counsel will head the investigation into the leak of MPs’ expenses, the affair has taken on added significance. National appears confident the leaker isn’t one of their own, but a definitive answer may be hard to find, as Sam Sachdeva writes.
Last month New Zealand on Air announced $31 million in funding to broadcasters, but National MP Melissa Lee says there is not enough scrutiny over how that money is spent, Thomas Coughlan reports.
Fairfax Media Group more than halved the value of its Kiwi assets, attaching just A$40 million to mastheads that were once the core of a billion dollar investment.
Insurance Australia Group's full-year earnings in New Zealand almost doubled despite cyclones earlier this year pushing natural peril claims beyond expectations for a second year running.
NZX first-half earnings fell as it lifted spending as part of a plan to position itself for future growth. It will return cash from the sale of non-core assets to shareholders as a special dividend.
New Zealand house sales were largely flat in July as activity in the dominant Auckland market settled down in what's typically the quietest winter month.
The High Court has ruled listed firms in voluntary administration don't need to meet NZX's continuous disclosure obligations designed to protect the integrity of trading.
Here's the key news links from around the political economy this morning with a few key quotes.
The New Zealand dollar fell as fears over Turkey's financial woes eased after the nation's finance minister said his government will protect its currency which has been in freefall for the past week.
Fonterra Cooperative Group chief executive Theo Spierings is leaving the role early after the world's biggest dairy exporter lowered its farmgate payout and trimmed its dividend to retain cash.
Economists agree the risk of a New Zealand rate cut is real but most don’t actually expect it to happen.
Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University of Wellington puts forward the left wing case in favour of protecting and extending political freedoms in order to bring about a more socially just world.
BlueScope Steel-owned NZ Steel is being undercut by Malaysian products dumped in the local market, says the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
The poorest performing iwi investment in recent years has come from farming, which is often favoured for cultural rather than economic considerations, according to the latest annual ‘Iwi Investment Insights’ report by ANZ Bank New Zealand.
A war of words has erupted between National and the Government over the falling value of the Kiwi dollar, Thomas Coughlan reports.
Trustpower is to acquire about 1,400 commercial power accounts after Opunake Hydro opted to quit the retail market citing tough competition.
Fonterra Cooperative Group's new chair John Monaghan says the dairy giant's biggest challenge is to change the law which forces it to accept milk from any farmer and sell it to rivals at a subsidised price, according to a report in Dairy News.
The acting chief executive for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Carolyn Tremain, has been confirmed as the permanent replacement for David Smol, who left the position more than a year ago.
PGG Wrightson, which is selling its dominant seed and grain business, posted record full-year earnings but lowered its final dividend payment to shareholders, saying it was eyeing reinvestment opportunities.
Spark New Zealand has secured exclusive rights to Premier League football in the UK as it builds out a suite of content for the live-streaming sports service it plans to roll out early next year.
The New Zealand dollar held near a two-and-a-half year low as investors remained nervous about Turkey's financial crisis, which has weighed on other emerging markets but has yet to spread to Europe's banking system.
Here's my pick of the news links from around the political economy this morning.
New Zealand risks falling further behind in its infrastructure development unless it can adopt new tools for funding development and better prioritise the work needed, Chapman Tripp says.
Pre-qualification for KiwiBuild homes opened on Monday, with Kiwibank swiftly announcing a new home loan catering to prospective buyers, Thomas Coughlan reports.
The Greens have won a big concession from the One Billion Trees programme, forcing Shane Jones to accept that two-thirds of the trees planted will be natives, Thomas Coughlan reports.
The government is hinting it will lift the $25 a tonne upper limit on the price of a New Zealand Unit of carbon dioxide in the Emissions Trading Scheme, in an announcement following hard on a doubling of funding for government tree-planting. Pattrick Smellie reports.
The One Billion Trees programme will receive a $240 million boost from the Provincial Growth Fund.
BlueScope Steel's two Kiwi businesses, New Zealand Steel and Pacific Steel, delivered an 84 percent lift in underlying earnings in the year to June 30, outstripping strong gains across the rest of the multi-national Sydney-based business and delivering the highest return on capital in the group.
New Zealand's food prices rose in July, once again led by higher prices for takeout and restaurant meals and echoing strong activity in the hospitality sector in a separate indicator of services.
Flyer documents are being sent out to buyers who will receive information memorandums for the business next month, with the hope a sale is finalised by Christmas, the newspaper said without detailing where it got the information. The newspaper named buyout funds such as Lone Star, which owns building materials firm Arclin, Bain Capital and Platinum among potential buyers.
Z Energy is considering a six-year, unsubordinated, secured, fixed rate bond offer just as $150 million of existing notes are due to be repaid.
Contact Energy, the country’s second-largest gas and power retailer, says full-year profit fell 13 percent as low hydro storage increased its energy costs and tough competition kept pressure on retail margins.
The New Zealand dollar dropped below 66 US cents for the first time in more than two years as Turkey's economic woes saw the Turkish lira sink by almost a quarter, sending ripples through broader financial markets.
Former MP Peter Dunne has seen many business cycles while in Government. He says Jacinda Ardern should genuinely listen to the business whiners and naggers, not just pay lip-service to hearing their concerns.
Here's my pick of the links from from news and analysis sites around New Zealand and the world at 8 am this morning, with the key quotes in the article.
Coming up in the political economy this week:
Technology columnist Richard MacManus is wary of alarmist talk that digital devices are completely 'rewiring' childrens' brains, but argues parents should take an active approach to managing use of these devices.