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Rural

What happened today

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Tuesday; Danone angry at High Court, Bennett on warpath, flyover succumbs to nimbys, wholesale rates flatten

Taskforce to target 'loopy' council rules

Updated
Paula Bennett launches Taskforce to stamp out 'loopy' council rules; calls on developers and ratepayers to submit red tape complaints; Your most-hated red tape?

Bernard's election diary - July 22

Updated
Cunliffe rejigs election campaign after crisis caucus meeting; says should not have taken holiday; Key refuses to apologise to Tania Billingsley; Hauiti won't stand again

90 seconds at 9 am: New China food scare

China restarts RMBS sales to bolster housing; another China food scare; UST 10yr 2.46%; oil markets reassured; NZ$1 = US$0.869, TWI = 80.9

What happened Monday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Monday; farms sell for higher prices, lifestyle blocks don't, migration rises, credit card use doesn't, swap rates unchanged

Slow recognition of emerging economic headwinds

Roger J Kerr says confidence levels remaining high is understandable, however not that sensible. But he also sees an 'unexpected' opportunity to fix interest rates long-term

Stars finally aligning for a weaker Kiwi dollar

Roger J Kerr says our 'rock star' economy is suffering from smaller audiences and declining fan interest because our rosy economic picture has wilted

Net migration at 11 year high

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Net migration 4,300 in June; highest since Feb 2003; Net migration to Australia was zero; First time since 1991; Record high 100,000 migrants came in year to June

Farm prices and sales volumes rise in June quarter

REINZ sees farm sales and prices-per-hectare rising with the overall All Farm Price Index up +16.7% in a year. Dairy farms rise less

Bernard's election diary - July 21

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Cunliffe hits back at anonymous critic; Labour languishes in polls; Winston Peters would take GST off food and rates, but would impose CGT on foreigners; Your view?

These charts report the growth in credit used by the rural sector in New Zealand. The data is provided by the RBNZ about one month after the end of each period.