Articles tagged Things that mattered this week

Fonterra's Chairman John Wilson stepped down for health reasons, potentially re-opening a debate about Fonterra's future structure. Various community leaders and economists called on the Government to relax its debt limits to invest in infrastructure, but Winston Peters and Grant Robertson say they aren't planning any relaxation until after the 2020 election.

The key events in our political economy this week included still-low inflation figures keeping interest rates on hold for at least another year, house price inflation bubbling along outside of Auckland and Christchurch and worsening a productivity problem, the re-emergence of a debate over whether councils should collect and spend income and consumption taxes, and Donald Trump's tearing up of the American-led post-war order that is forcing Europe and others, including ourselves, to look for alternative trade and security partners.