Officials have briefed new Finance Minister Grant Robertson about a number of unexpected "budget challenges" left over from the previous Government that could force Labour to rejig its plans longer term, or even change some policies.
In this morning's email we dig into the detail of Acting Reserve Bank Governor Grant Spencer's first MPS and press conference and what it might mean for new Finance Minister Grant Robertson's reform plans.
New Finance Minister Grant Robertson faces a tough time convincing existing Reserve Bank staff that they can run the economy hotter to get unemployment below four percent, at least for now.
In this morning's email, we looked in depth at the Reserve Bank review announced yesterday and at Winston Peters' fishing expedition for information on how his pension over-payments become public.
The new Government's plans to reform the Reserve Bank's mandate and its decision-making system in the coming months are important, but not as much as how the current board views the proposed changes and who it proposes as the new Governor. Bernard Hickey analyses the planned reforms and the key question of who will be the next Governor.
New Finance Minister Grant Robertson has kept the financial ship steady as the Government prepares for a review of the Reserve Bank Act.
In today's email we examined the dilemma facing new Finance Minister Grant Robertson.
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.
In today's email we look at what is on the table in the ongoing coalition negotiations.
In today's email we preview the crucial first debate between Jacinda Ardern and Bill English.