Bernard Hickey

Bernard was the Managing Editor of Interest.co.nz from 2008 to 2012. A financial journalist for 20 years, he has worked for Reuters, the FT Group and Fairfax Media in Wellington, Canberra, Sydney, London, Singapore and Auckland in that order.

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In this morning's email we opened the police file of the latest investigation into former MP Todd Barclay, and we looked at the Government's plan to end the "moral panic" over meth residues.

In today's email we reported on the challenges facing next year's planned "digital first" census, dug into the document dump about the questions asked during coalition negotiations and detailed some grim reading on climate change.

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The new Government's self-imposed debt target is limiting its ability to borrow to fix growing infrastructure deficits. Bernard Hickey reports it will be forced into fancy and expensive financing tools such as PPPs and infrastructure bonds.

The new Government has unveiled a Budget outlook that fits its big health, education, transport and welfare spending plans within its self-imposed restrictions to reduce debt and keep running surpluses.