In this morning's email we led with the news that the forced closure of an Auckland education provider could pose a serious threat to the export education industry.
KiwiRail said that it was locked in to a “non-virtuous cycle” as it struggled to balance high safety standards with the commercial realities of an ageing fleet and infrastructure.
With just under 10 weeks to go before the election and signs of increasing divisions between Labour, Green and New Zealand First, it's worth looking at what policies a National-New Zealand Government might adopt.
Water dominates today's email: we look at the probable fate of the Ruataniwha Dam scheme and dig into the water levies debate.
In today's email we see how much homework Labour has to do following the Budget, we check out the latest statistics on dwelling consents and find out about the Government's review of KiwiRail.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent earlier on Wednesday.
Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee announced on Thursday the Government would not proceed with a NZ$530 million proposal to build a new ferry terminal at Clifford Bay, saying it was not economically viable. But the heavily redacted 190 page report from the Transport Ministry's year-long investigation described the decision as 'finely balanced' and estimated the benefit to cost ratio of the project at 1.3 to 1.
Steven Joyce unveiled the 'New Zealand Story' package of online resources for exporters to promote New Zealand, Metiria Turei lodged a Privileges Committee complaint against John Banks over his SkyCity conflicts, Winston Peters called the Aratere a lemon, Pita Sharples announced reforms to refocus a "thinly-spread" Te Puni Kokiri, Paula Bennett trumpeted the return to work of 7,000 beneficiaries and the Commerce Commission told Allan Hawkins' finance companies to stop repossessing stuff.