A meth testing bombshell shook the real estate industry, a leaked MPI report uncovered under-reporting of almost 3,000 tonnes of Southern Blue Whiting fishing, Heather Simpson returned to the heart of the Government's reform plans, Donald Trump re-escalated his trade war with China and the Eurozone debt crisis returned with a vengeance overnight.
Housing New Zealand, which provides housing for New Zealanders in need, is expected to sell up to $1 billion of bonds this week, the first step in plans to borrow up to $2.9 billion in its own name to finance the government's public housing strategy.
6400 state homes will be built over the next four years, equating to 1600 builds a year. Housing Minister Phil Twyford trumpeted the numbers, saying they exceeded the Government’s earlier commitment to build at least 1000 state houses each year.
An Irish company is rumoured to be in the box seat to provide thousands of prefabricated houses to Housing New Zealand - leading to fears Kiwi businesses may be left out in the cold.
In today's email we look at the latest developments in coalition talks, and dig into Housing New Zealand's big meth testing bill.
The Reserve Bank has now released in full the Graeme Wheeler speech on monetary policy settings that was previewed yesterday.
Bill English's Ministry will be sworn in today and he is expected to give his final news conference of a tumultuous year.
Not that there was much doubt about it, but Bill English was effectively confirmed yesterday as the next Prime Minister of New Zealand. His selection as National Party leader will be made official with an uncontested caucus vote on Monday.
Auckland's housing shortage and the flow-on effects for homelessness and housing cost inflation are set to again dominate the political agenda this week.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent earlier on Tuesday.