6. Coming up this week...


The big political and economic events and data this include the last week of the Budget session of Parliament and migration figures.

Tuesday - Parliament resumes at 2pm on Tuesday for the last week of its Budget session, where most of the enabling legislation for Budget 2018 will be introduced. The parties hold their caucus meetings around 10 am.

Wednesday - The Education and Workforce Select Committee will hear submissions on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill from 9 am on Wednesday in Parliament.

The Social Services and Community will hear submissions on the Child Poverty Reduction Bill in Auckland from 9 am on Wednesday.

The Finance and Expenditure select committee will hear submissions on Budget 2018 from various departments from 9 am on Wednesday in Parliament.

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Jacinda Ardern is scheduled to announce national arts engagement findings with at a Creative New Zealand function in Wellington on Wednesday morning.

Thursday - Statistics New Zealand releases its overseas merchandise trade figures for April on Thursday.

The Economic Development, Science and Innovation committee will hear submissions on the Commerce (Criminalisation of Cartels) Amendment Bill from 10.45 am on Thursday.

Ardern plans to visit New Plymouth on Friday with Energy Minister Megan Woods to talk to locals about the Government's recent decision to stop issuing new oil and gas exploration permits.

See the full Select Committee schedule here and the likely submitters here.

Foreign Minister Winston Peters visits Japan this week.