The news that mattered this morning
Prime Minister designate Jacinda Ardern and New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters have agreed to a coalition agreement that includes a mechanism to ban non-residents from buying existing homes and a $1 billion regional development fund.
It seems this dry winter has been both a blessing and a curse for Contact Energy. It lost revenues because its dams couldn't generate power, but it won customers from those retailers who passed on this winter's more than doubling of wholesale prices.
In today's email we detail how Labour wants to slash inward migration - but the hospitality industry says it is already feeling the pain from the governments 'tweaks'.
For the convenience of subscribers, here's my weekend column on whether the economics of a plug-in hybrid SUV stack up.
Lower-than-forecast inflation figures for the September quarter have extended the expected pause in the Reserve Bank's rate hiking plans and will add to downward pressure on the Government's budget surplus and wage growth forecasts.
For the convenience of email subscribers, here's my weekend column on whether Flick Electric could use new technology and raw market signals to 'do a Trade Me' to the electricity industry.
Inflation figures published on Wednesday showed consumer price inflation remained relatively subdued in the June quarter and would have been even lower without a 4.2% increase in electricity prices.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent earlier on Wednesday morning, including a shock 8.9% fall in dairy prices overnight, the latest accusations and denials over Kim Dotcom's residency application and news power prices rose 2.3% in the June quarter.
ANZ has reported its monthly gauge of inflation found prices rose 0.3% in April, but there would not have been any inflation for the month if electricity prices had not risen.