After six weeks of looking after her newborn daughter Neve, Jacinda Ardern is back running the country. Sam Sachdeva spoke to the Prime Minister about second-guessing herself as a parent, caring for a baby and a growing elephant, and the song that will soundtrack her 2018.
The Government cannot deny any more that the economy is slowing and that it's not doing enough to stimulate investment and reassure the construction sector in particular, Bernard Hickey argues.
Business confidence took a dive in July, with the key measure of businesses' own prospects falling to its lowest level since May 2009, Thomas Coughlan reports.
New Zealand business confidence reached a 10-year low in July, with headline confidence and firm's views of their own prospects dropping.
Storm clouds may be gathering for the upcoming corporate earnings season as business confidence hits a seven-year low and almost a third of companies said profits shrank in the June quarter.
New Zealand business confidence hit a seven-year low in June as cost pressures weigh on profitability and the downbeat sentiment is beginning to impact on future planning.
Phil Twyford has angered Wellington residents by suggesting the new Transmission Gully motorway be tolled, something Labour did not flag before the election. NZIER's business confidence survey due out at 10 am will be closely watched by politicians and economists alike.
* *Grant Robertson has blamed weak business confidence on political prejudice. Thomas Coughlan reports.
New Zealand business confidence plunged to a seven-month low in June with retail most gloomy as costs, credit and capacity weigh on firms.
New Zealand business confidence got even gloomier in May as firms, especially retailers, expect slower activity and more are now anticipating earnings to shrink in the coming year.