Archive for January, 2010

NZ Credit: Firms Hurting As Banks Tighten Credit

NZ’s economic recovery is still very patchy: some sectors are quite confident, in others companies are stretched. Many are running into credit difficulties as the banking sector tightens up. The high degree of uncertainty is leaving companies unwilling to invest or hire. Construction and manufacturing have yet to turn around from the downward trend. Fishing, […]

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NZ Defence Policy: Public Get Right To Know About SAS Activities

Changing his tune about media publicity on SAS operations, the PM this week spelt out a new policy on informing the public about action involving NZ’s elite troops, saying “they are not there to eat their lunch in Afghanistan.” Key says the new approach has been under discussion for some time. The change in policy […]

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Govt Planning: Defining Moment Looms For Govt, And John Key

As it moves into what informed commentators see as a make-or break year, the Govt faces big challenges. Will John Key sail along as Mr Nice Guy, or will he show the steel of a real leader? The Govt did well in 2009 to shelter NZ from the worst effects of the global financial crisis. […]

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NZ Trade Policy: Maximising Opportunities For NZ Inc Abroad

Cabinet’s External Relations and Defence Committee had its first look this week at the review of NZ’s offshore posts ordered by Murray McCully. Decisions arising from the review are expected from Cabinet in the New Year. In the meantime McCully expects significant consultations involving other departments besides the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on […]

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NZ Foreign Policy: McCully Lobbies ForAn EU Partnership

Foreign Minister Murray McCully is heading back to Scandinavia, and Russia. Sweden currently holds the EU Presidency, and McCully is pursuing the process agreed by President Barroso and John Key earlier this year to take discussions of an EU/NZ comprehensive partnership agreement to the next stage. For reasons of geography NZ is both part of […]

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NZ Economy: Finding Incentives To Galvanise Productive Sector

The beauty of the Tax Working Group’s proposals for reform is they cut the ground under the feet of those who claim the Govt would be taking from the poor to give to the rich. In closing loopholes which allow property investors to escape tax, and putting forward a land tax (with exemptions for farmland), […]

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