Archive for October, 2010

NZ Defence: Decision Looms On Scaling Down Afghanistan Commitment

Decisions on NZ’s military commitment in Afghanistan are looming, with the Govt expected to confirm the withdrawal of the SAS contingent at the end of March, and a shift in emphasis from military to civilian support in the provincial reconstruction team in Bamian province. The commitment with the PRT was extended to September 2011, with […]

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NZ Labour Party: Carter Takes Shine Off Party’s Conference

Chris Carter’s expulsion from the Labour Party has taken the shine off the party’s annual conference, where “new thinking” debates were intended to signpost the road to electoral victory. Carter’s bizarre performance, with almost hysterical denunciations of Phil Goff as leader and implied threats to rattle skeletons in the cupboard, has exposed the ugly side […]

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Economic Growth: Prospects Improve For 2011 Bounce Back

Expectations of an easy recovery this year have been blunted. But the prospects the economy will bounce back vigorously next year are becoming stronger by the day. The boom in commodity prices, where dairy got the first benefit, is now extending to meat, wool, and seafood. Business lending is still contracting, but financial conditions have […]

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NZ Growth: Economy On Track, Credfit Agencies Reaffirm Ratings

Credit rating agencies Moody’s and Fitch have reaffirmed their ratings for NZ. The former retains its “stable outlook” on its Aaa rating, while saying NZ’s major vulnerability lies in its dependence on foreign capital inflows and its high level of external debt. Fitch with its AAA rating maintains a “negative outlook,” because prospects for a […]

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By-Election: Pointers From Mana For Next Year’s Campaign

Mana, historically one of Labour’s strongholds, will almost certainly return Kris Faafoi as its new MP and so, on the surface, not much is at stake in the by-election campaign. But it will nevertheless provide some useful pointers for both the main parties as they lay the groundwork for next year’s election. It will, for […]

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Election: Speculation On Early Election – “Don’t Put Your House On It”

Politics had to take a back seat this week to the nation’s preoccupation whether TVNZ’s breakfast programme’s presenter Paul Henry should be sacked. Henry cast a racial slur on Governor-General Sir Anand Satynand, as he interviewed John Key over potential candidates as Sir Anand’s successor and it turned into a debacle not just for Henry […]

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Polls: Govt’s Popularity Risks Crowding Out Coalition partners

Despite a struggling economy, National’s ratings have surged again, reaching 54% in the latest One News Colmar Brunton poll, 5 points higher than at the end of July, while Labour slipped 3 points to 32%. Astonishingly the Canterbury quake appears to have hoisted National’s popularity. A phenomenal 90% of those sampled backed the Govt’s response […]

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