In today's email, we detail how Kiwibank had a no good, bad day: look at how the clock is ticking for Teach First; and examine Waikato's Change Plan 1.
It's a particularly good morning for dairy farmers and the local economies around them, including Southland, Canterbury, Manawatu and Taranaki, which have been more subdued than the rest of the economy in the last year because of low dairy prices.
Good morning all.
New Labour Leader Andrew Little has pledged not to go into the 2017 election with same Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and New Zealand Superannuation polices that helped cost Labour the last two elections.
Former EPMU leader and Labour list MP Andrew Little has announced he will run for the Labour Party leadership, saying he wants a review of all of Labour's policies, including its Capital Gains Tax, its plan for a later retirement age and its New Zealand Power policy.
Annette King describes Labour's current internal strife as not as bad as the feuds and schisms that tore apart Labour in the late 1980s, but the public divisions certainly plumbed multi-decade lows before another fractious three-hour caucus meeting on Tuesday.
Labour updated its fiscal plan on Monday to adjust for the slightly lower revenue track forecast by Treasury in last week's Pre-election Fiscal Update (PREFU). Here are the 10 things of note:
Labour has announced plans to increase the minimum wage by 14% in five months if it becomes the Government, a move which National said would cost 6,000 jobs and hurt small businesses the most.
Labour has backed the Green Party call for every river in the country to be "swimmable", saying rivers that are clean enough to swim in are a birthright of New Zealanders. John Key has warned such a target is unrealistic and would cost "billions."
Labour Leader David Cunliffe has released his party's Regional Development Policy for the election, including a NZ$200 million fund for regional projects not deemed commercially viable in their own right.