Donald Trump and Brexit have given many people cause for concern about the future of the current world order. British economist Philippe Legrain spoke to Sam Sachdeva about tackling the public pessimism behind the rise of protectionism - and why there should be greater optimism about employing refugees.
New Zealanders have won improved visa access in the United States, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hailing the news as a "big boost" for Kiwi businesses.
New Zealand's annual net migration dropped in June as fewer foreigners arrived and more Kiwis left, but remains high.
The Reserve Bank held interest rates at record lows and repeated its neutral view that it could either raise or cut rates. Business confidence fell again back to its post-election low. Labour scrapped its KiwiBuild visa policy forcing employers to take on an apprentice for each migrant. Instead, it will streamline the hiring of migrant workers to fill a 30,000 construction workers shortage. Shane Jones said John Key lobbied him to exempt the Te Arai land development from foreign buyer rules.
Former MP and Minister Peter Dunne argues New Zealanders angry about Trump's family separations policy should look instead at our own racist policy on family reunifications.
China's central bank effectively eased monetary policy overnight to pump up a slowing economy. The easing came as Donald Trump ramped up his trade and investment war rhetoric. Annual migration fell a bit, but monthly migration rose as work visa numbers kept rising. Labour's election campaign manager will jump straight into Air New Zealand in August.
Opportunistic individuals ranging from Nigerian drug dealers to Indian students are gaming an under-resourced immigration system to obtain New Zealand visas, according to intelligence reports. Teuila Fuatai reports.
News in brief in our political economy on Monday included,
New Zealand's annual net migration continued to slow in April as more non-New Zealanders left the country, though the number of immigrants rose.
Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has brushed off concerns about Chinese aid following a meeting with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, saying grants and loans from the Asian superpower are “all out in the open”.