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Ringside On Politics - In his second term, John Key has negotiated some tough hurdles, the fallout from the Canterbury 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 opposition parties unable to land a solid blow.
The good thing for the Govt heading into 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 strong GDP growth the only blips are rising interest rates and higher house prices. 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 2014 election is John Key’s to lose but the opposition is making his task harder. Labour’s new leadership has not had the desired impact and the Greens are treading water.
Colin Craig’s Conservative Party is making a noise as it punches above its weight. Last election it recorded 2.65% of the party vote. Can it do better this time, even without a sweetheart deal from National?
The “unholy alliance” created by Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party and Hone Harawira’s Mana Party could change the political game this year. While National has maintained a strong lead in the polls, anything could happen come September 20. The addition of left winger Laila Harre to the new Mana-Internet grouping has sent a few shockwaves through the political firmament. Could Internet-Mana be an election contender?
The Economy – NZ has strongly weathered 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, and higher interest rates are keeping the kiwi at a high level. NZ is still lagging 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 – Growth is currently strong, but can it last? Interest rates are trending up – how high will they go? Will inflation be the next bogey? Can the dollar be restrained while foreign investors pile in? Is there an alternative for NZ if the China trade goe bad, and will the TPP be signed in the near future?
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.
Trade – Businesses are already benefiting from new Free Trade deals, especially the one signed with China. Asian markets are growing while European economies are still finding the going tough. The Trans Pacific Partnership is still a key objective. Climate change, and the environment, are moving to be high not just on the political, but also the business, agenda. Water management has become one of the battle grounds for political advantage.
The Sharemarket & Companies in the News - How will you fare under the bull as markets hit new record highs? 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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