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.
Prime Minister John Key has signalled the Government's surpluses in 2014/15 and 2015/16 are under pressure because of the slump in dairy prices this year.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent on Saturday afternoon with news National lost its outright majority after the final vote count.
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.
For the convenience of email subscribers, here's my weekend column on whether voters and investors use long enough time horizons in an era of very low inflation and interest rates.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent shortly after midnight on Sunday, including news of National winning a surprise majority in its own right, John Key pledging to run for a fourth term and David Cunliffe refusing to step down or acknowledge the scale of Labour's worst result since 1922.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand published its September quarter Monetary Policy Statement (MPS) and held its regular post-statement news conference on Thursday. Here's the ten things of note from the statement, the conference and the reaction. The bottom line is the OCR could now be on hold until mid 2015.
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:
National has described Labour's water policy released this week as an attack on rural New Zealand that amounted to a 'water tax.'
Labour has highlighted a drop in the export sector's share of the economy, as it continues to accuse National of a dangerously narrow focus on primary produce and an inability to deal with an over-valued New Zealand dollar.