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 today's email we look at the latest poll results, ask whether the Accommodation Supplement increase will simply be captured by landlords, discover that our intelligence service has concerns about Trump, and dig into the Point England housing debate.

Steven Joyce’s first Budget and National’s last before the election could have delivered a much bigger boost to low income families and infrastructure spending – if they had really wanted to throw the whole kitchen sink at electorate.

In today's email we take a deeper look at the Hobsonville housing development,which is the model for the government's planned house building programme.