The Government is looking at new and novel ways of financing infrastructure without breaking its strict budget responsibility rules.
Annual inflation stood at just 1.1 percent according to data released by Stats NZ on Wednesday, but economists predict that number will rise as tightness in the Labour market fuels wage increases. Thomas Coughlan reports.
COMMENT: New Zealand’s electoral spending laws and oversight are out of date and vulnerable to tactics like those used by Cambridge Analytica in the US and UK.
The consumers price index (CPI) rose 0.5 percent in the March 2018 quarter, Stats NZ announced today. This is in line with the market expectations, but slightly above those of most bank economists here.
The IMF suggests the Reserve Bank adopt a debt-to-income limit to reduce the risks from a still-heavily indebted household sector. Thomas Coughlan reports.
The Government wants to make big infrastructure investments without breaking its budget rules, Thomas Coughlan reports
The Commerce Commission is set for a shake-up with a new law that would give it new powers to protect consumers from anti-competitive practices, Thomas Coughlan reports.
Over 19 percent of hospital assets are in poor or very poor condition, according to a Treasury report. The problem is most acute in the South Island, Thomas Coughlan reports.
Attorney-General David Parker announced on Wednesday an inquiry would be held into Operation Burnham and related events in Afghanistan.
New Zealand has one of the oldest, most emissions-intensive and unsafe car fleets in the developed world. The Government wants to change that, Thomas Coughlan reports.