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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Two reports released within 24 hours of each other neatly summarise the state of New Zealand right now. They showed the wealth of the richest sprinting ahead with property values, while the poorest are struggling with stubbornly low wages and fast-rising housing costs. Bernard Hickey reports on a tale of two New Zealands.

In today's email we find out why October 12 may be a very important date, and we take an in-depth look at infrastructure funding and how the migration tweaks may themselves be tweaked as a result of industry lobbying.