TransTasman Political Alert

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Trans Tasman Political Alert

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Winston Peters Politics, economic shifts, legislation/regulations and competition are the four major forces influencing your business opportunities. Each week, TRANS TASMAN brings you the real story behind the news and events shaping the political scene – and the insights and analysis you need to make your organisation even more successful. And its crisply-written, time-saving style allows you to stay up-to-date in the midst of your hectic day.

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Peter DunneRingside On Politics - Since his election win, John Key has negotiated some tough hurdles, such as the Canterbury and now Marlborough earthquakes, the Fonterra botulism scare, and the row over the GCSB spying and Kim Dotcom. So far he has come through with flying colours, riding high in the polls, with the oppossition parties unable to land a solid blow.

The good thing for the Govt heading into 2014 and the next election is the state of the economy. Fonterra’s botulism gaffe and other trade hiccups have not dented overseas confidence in NZ’s primary exports and there is talk of 5% GDP growth for 2014. The Govt has had its detractors, especially over asset sales, but Key’s pragmatism has won through.

The Govt has worked hard at saving money, but not so hard there has been any deep hurt in the economy. The most pain has been felt by Wellington’s civil servants who have borne the brunt of restructuring. The reality is the 2014 election is John Key’s to lose but the opposition is making his task harder.

Jacinda ArdernThe Economy – NZ has proven surprisingly resilient in the face of the worst global economic crisis in decades. Dairy, log and oil exports are still driving the country ahead. More recently meat and wool have made a comeback.But the Kiwi dollar is staying stubbornly high, making it tough for manufacturers. NZ is still far behind Australian living standards.. What are the country’s options and what global trends are having an impact on the economies of our major trading partners?

Business & Economic Trends – What is the outlook for growth, short and long-term? Where will interest rates go? Is inflation under control now? Where will the dollar go next in a period of rapid fluctuation? What are NZ and Australia’s priorities when it comes to growth, trade and investment?

Sector Reports - How are specific sectors of the economy performing? Where are the best opportunities for investment – and what areas are best left alone?

New Legislation & Tax Laws – Market Regulation • Commercial & Corporate Law • Taxation • Kyoto Agreement • Securities • Intellectual Property Rights • Food Safety.

Our special weekly “In the Lobby” column goes right to the heart of what’s happening in the Select Committees and looks at the driving forces in them, the work they’re doing, and their impact on Govt.

Meteria Turei and Russell NormanTrade – Businesses are already benefiting from new Free Trade deals, especially the one signed with China. Asian markets are growing while European economies are imploding. The Trans Pacific Partnership is now becoming a key objective. Climate change, and the environment, are moving to be high not just on the political, but also the business, agenda. Watch water management become one of the battle grounds for political advantage.

The Sharemarket & Companies in the News - How will you fare under the bear? The swings – and roundabouts. What are the forces at work? Running the rule over the blue chips. Keeping an eye on the “sleepers” who may be tomorrow’s high-fliers. Spotting the movers and the shakers.

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Trans Tasman Political Alert has a team of 6 highly-qualified specialist contributors, analysing discussions and decisions, looking at potential repercussions, identifying trends, listening to Select Committee debate and reporting on opinions, submissions and personalities. We also draw upon a wide range of sources close to the Beehive inner circle who wish to remain anonymous, for obvious reasons.

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