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Councils want broader taxing powers

Local Govt NZ releases discussion paper calling for councils to have broader taxing powers to bridge current gap between spending and revenue

What would Mr Lee do?

Bernard Hickey questions the timidity of the Government's social housing plans. He suggests Mr Key take a leaf out of Mr Lee's book to launch a Houses of National Significance program

Norman to stand down as Green Co-Leader

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Norman to stand down at Green Co-Leader after 9 years; says time for a change and to spend time with 3 kids under 4; National MP Mike Sabin resigns

What the RBNZ decision means

Bernard Hickey looks at what the RBNZ's countenancing of a possible rate cut means for mortgage rates and property prices

Markets now see OCR cut in 2015

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RBNZ holds OCR at 3.5%; says will hold rate "for some time" and OCR "adjustments up or down" will depend on data; NZ$ drops below 74 USc; Swap rates fall; Markets price in rate cut

Govt to sell up to 2,000 houses

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Key details wider social housing reforms, including selling up to 2,000 state houses in coming year; more social housing subsidies to cost extra NZ$40 mln a year; Housing groups lukewarm

Bernard's Top 10

Greece set to run out of cash within weeks; China's brilliant GDP base; Why aren't NZ insurance premia falling with global reinsurance rates? ; John Oliver is a shade of grey; Dilbert

Little focuses on small business jobs

New Labour Leader Andrew Little focuses on vision for jobs and small businesses in State of the Nation address, rather than detail; says inequality stunts growth

'A social housing state of the nation'

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PM John Key to focus on social housing in State of the Nation address; scale of state house sales, size of rent subsidies and use of NGOs key issues

Nick Smith vs the Knights who say Ni!

Bernard Hickey welcomes Nick Smith's RMA reforms aimed at stripping the NIMBYs and BANANAs of their magical power to make housing unaffordable

Budget deficit lower than forecast

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Treasury reports deficit was NZ$121 mln below forecast; higher tobacco excise, lower spending more than offset lower than expected GST, PAYE

Bernard's Top 10

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Good deflation or bad deflation?; Did MTV cut America's teen pregnancy rate?; National's new tax hike; John Oliver and New Year's Eve; Dilbert

Smith plans big RMA re-write

Smith proposes 10 part re-write of RMA focused on increasing housing supply; says RMA responsible for extra $30 bln of housing cost and 40,000 fewer homes

Inflation below RBNZ target

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Deflation seen in Dec qtr; Annual inflation of 0.8% below most economist forecasts and below RBNZ's 1-3% target band; OCR seen on hold until late 2016; NZ$ falls

QSBO shows 'Goldilocks' finish for 2014

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NZIER QSBO shows solid business confidence with few inflation pressures; room for RBNZ to leave OCR on hold

The 10 numbers of 2014

Bernard Hickey picks out the Top 10 numbers of 2014 and looks at whether they mean the economy is as 'rock solid' as Bill English suggests

NZ GDP rises 1.0% in Sept qtr

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GDP rose 1.0% in Sept qtr; slightly stronger than expected; farming and oil exploration grew strongly; GDP up 3.2% from year ago; Previous years revised down

Bernard's Top 10 at 10

How the boomers pulled up the ladder on the young; Of black swans, oil and the rubble of the rouble; America's dis-inflation shock; Clarke and Dawe; Dilbert

Treasury forecasts deficit in 2014/15

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Treasury forecasts NZ$572 mln OBEGAL deficit for 2014/15; surplus of NZ$575 mln in 2015/16; English says will get to 2014/15 surplus anyway; 'won't slash and burn' to hit target

Is Wheeler's OCR too tight?

Bernard Hickey looks at whether the Reserve Bank Governor is running monetary policy too tight and how long before he decides surprisingly low inflation is actually structural rather than cyclical