The news that mattered this morning included Phil Twyford's criticism of Treasury's advice on housing investment, Kelvin Davis ruling out a mega-prison at Waikeria, news of a house building factory in Auckland, confirmation of a major scale-down of grants from Callaghan Innovation and America putting its trade war with China on hold.
New Zealand's economy and Government is under new management, but Bernard Hickey sees little real change so far in monetary or fiscal policy under Grant Robertson and Adrian Orr.
The big political and economic events and data scheduled this week include the last week of the Budget session of Parliament and migration figures.
I didn't watch it, but I'm glad the Northern Territory's tabloid newspaper did.
Here are my pick of the links to news on the political economy from other news sites on Monday.
The eight news events that mattered in the week around our political economy included the key details in Budget 2018, the emergence of mycoplasma bovis as a macroeconomic and fiscal issue, pressure building on New Zealand's big four banks to detail their conflicts over Kiwisaver sales, and a wider crackdown on retailers not paying workers at the start and end of shifts.
Grant Robertson's first budget did exactly what he said it would on the tin, but it was also the biggest missed opportunity in a generation, Bernard Hickey argues.
Treasury outperformed its Trans-Tasman version in the Budget lockup on Thursday, delivering the most immaculate plate of lamingtons in the colours of the coalition Government's parties.
Here are my pick of the links to news on the political economy from other news sites on Friday.
Everything is bigger at first sight in Grant Robertson’s first full budget.