The Government launched reviews of employment law and climate change law aimed at soothing the nerves of employers and farmers respectively. It appeared to rule out a breakup of the Reserve Bank and started considering introducing a deposit insurance scheme. Better foreign ownership data showed almost 20 percent of property buyers in central Auckland in the last year were not citizens. Documents showed officials advised the Government against its decision to stop issuing new offshore oil and gas drilling licenses, saying it would actually increase emissions because coal would be used instead of gas. The economy may have slowed a bit in the March quarter as construction sector activity and confidence continues to wane. Donald Trump waged trade wars ahead of G7 meetings and his summit with Kim Jong Un.
Political-watchers are either appalled or saluting the government’s pragmatism in appointing Jim Bolger to head their industrial relations law rewrite. But Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University says Bolger’s appointment is entirely appropriate, as the former National prime minister is probably to the left of many MPs in the new government.
The Government wants less “combat and conflict” in industrial relations. That could lead it to helping fund an innovative approach being championed by some of New Zealand’s biggest companies. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
The make-up of a working group tasked with coming up with an alternative to the controversial “Hobbit law” has been revealed. Shane Cowlishaw explores whether the screen industry and unions will be able to come up with something that keeps everyone happy, including Peter Jackson.
The 90-day trial is to be restricted following demands from coalition partner New Zealand First.
With Labour’s industrial relations history, both employers and workers will be watching closely as the Government makes its first employment law changes. Shane Cowlishaw looks at what its initial announcement could bring.
New Zealand's immigration system “lacks integrity” and is so financially hamstrung it can’t investigate fraud and exploitation cases, its new Minister says. Shane Cowlishaw speaks to Iain Lees-Galloway about his challenging role ahead.
The war over paid parental leave has deepened with the release of advice from officials suggesting it would create a raft of legislative problems, Shane Cowlishaw reports.