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Bernard Hickey

About

Bernard is back as a senior contributor on interest.co.nz. Until September 30, 2012 he was the managing editor here. He had previously worked for 18 years for Reuters, the FT Group and Fairfax as a financial journalist and editor. He is now the publisher of The Kaka.

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14 years 4 months

Latest articles

RBNZ Governor Adrian Orr calls on banks to lift deposit rates as much as mortgage rates; says Gabrielle shows banks haven't done enough on inclusion and resilience in regional areas
22nd Feb 23, 6:12pm
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RBNZ Governor Adrian Orr calls on banks to lift deposit rates as much as mortgage rates; says Gabrielle shows banks haven't done enough on inclusion and resilience in regional areas
Cabinet decides on initial $250m top-up for road repair fund; initial $50m for discretionary grants to small business; Govt also considering rebuild work visa for affected regions
20th Feb 23, 5:59pm
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Cabinet decides on initial $250m top-up for road repair fund; initial $50m for discretionary grants to small business; Govt also considering rebuild work visa for affected regions
Cabinet meets for last-minute re-write of Budget 2023 to pay for Gabrielle response and rebuild; initial wage-subsidy-style support expected; easier migrant worker access being eyed; Robertson sees eventual bill around $13b
20th Feb 23, 12:52pm
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Cabinet meets for last-minute re-write of Budget 2023 to pay for Gabrielle response and rebuild; initial wage-subsidy-style support expected; easier migrant worker access being eyed; Robertson sees eventual bill around $13b
Finance Minister says 1-in-100-year climate events now more regular; He wants a long-term infrastructure plan for adaptation; He sees tough conversations about whether, where, how and who pays to rebuild
17th Feb 23, 4:54pm
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Finance Minister says 1-in-100-year climate events now more regular; He wants a long-term infrastructure plan for adaptation; He sees tough conversations about whether, where, how and who pays to rebuild
Hipkins ditches social insurance, TVNZ-RNZ merger, hate speech law and biofuels mandate; minimum wage to rise 7%; unspecified Three Waters changes flagged
8th Feb 23, 3:43pm
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Hipkins ditches social insurance, TVNZ-RNZ merger, hate speech law and biofuels mandate; minimum wage to rise 7%; unspecified Three Waters changes flagged
Govt extends 25c/litre fuel tax cut for yet another three months, saying it wants to focus first on ‘bread and butter’ ‘cost of living’ issues
1st Feb 23, 1:45pm
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Govt extends 25c/litre fuel tax cut for yet another three months, saying it wants to focus first on ‘bread and butter’ ‘cost of living’ issues
Nanaia Mahuta replaced by Kieran McAnulty as Local Government Minister and Andrew Little replaced by Ayesha Verrall as Health Minister
31st Jan 23, 4:07pm
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Nanaia Mahuta replaced by Kieran McAnulty as Local Government Minister and Andrew Little replaced by Ayesha Verrall as Health Minister
Change from Ardern to Hipkins bounces Labour polling support back above National after less than a week in charge
31st Jan 23, 12:41pm
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Change from Ardern to Hipkins bounces Labour polling support back above National after less than a week in charge
New PM Chris Hipkins to use cabinet reshuffle and policy tweaks to try to distance Labour from Ardern and catch up to National
29th Jan 23, 8:30am
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New PM Chris Hipkins to use cabinet reshuffle and policy tweaks to try to distance Labour from Ardern and catch up to National
PM-elect Chris Hipkins says in first news conference he wants to ditch unnecessary spending and doesn't want to do anything to lower house prices
22nd Jan 23, 5:19pm
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PM-elect Chris Hipkins says in first news conference he wants to ditch unnecessary spending and doesn't want to do anything to lower house prices
Hipkins sole candidate for Labour leader in caucus vote; expected to be endorsed tomorrow afternoon and become PM soon after
21st Jan 23, 10:15am
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Hipkins sole candidate for Labour leader in caucus vote; expected to be endorsed tomorrow afternoon and become PM soon after
Bernard Hickey writes outgoing PM Jacinda Ardern deserves our thanks and respect for her crisis leadership, but she failed to deliver on her own transformational promises because of her fiscal conservatism
19th Jan 23, 5:27pm
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Bernard Hickey writes outgoing PM Jacinda Ardern deserves our thanks and respect for her crisis leadership, but she failed to deliver on her own transformational promises because of her fiscal conservatism
Ardern and O'Connor promise low initial methane price, cheap nitrogen price and inclusion of riparian planting in ETS
21st Dec 22, 11:54am
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Ardern and O'Connor promise low initial methane price, cheap nitrogen price and inclusion of riparian planting in ETS
Govt extends petrol tax cut by two months to end of March, but diesel RUCs cut will end as scheduled on Jan 31
14th Dec 22, 2:02pm
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Govt extends petrol tax cut by two months to end of March, but diesel RUCs cut will end as scheduled on Jan 31
Govt expands 'green list' for work-to-residency visas to include nurses, construction workers and teachers; expands straight-to-residency visa list to midwives and auditors
12th Dec 22, 8:25pm
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Govt expands 'green list' for work-to-residency visas to include nurses, construction workers and teachers; expands straight-to-residency visa list to midwives and auditors
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Megan Woods announces delay in healthy homes standards launch by one year to July 1, 2025, but to regulate property managers
22nd Nov 22, 9:31am
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Megan Woods announces delay in healthy homes standards launch by one year to July 1, 2025, but to regulate property managers
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New regime to replace RMA to take 10 years to bed in, cost $3.891b and create benefits of $10.039b
15th Nov 22, 1:04pm
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New regime to replace RMA to take 10 years to bed in, cost $3.891b and create benefits of $10.039b
Clark announces banks will be first designated for 'consumer data framework' to allow easy shifting of data and accounts, but implementation still 'two years away'
10th Nov 22, 8:30am
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Clark announces banks will be first designated for 'consumer data framework' to allow easy shifting of data and accounts, but implementation still 'two years away'
Opposition's shock at Orr's reappointment signals the end of an era of Reserve Bank independence, and that's ok because it was bound to happen post QE
9th Nov 22, 12:08pm
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Opposition's shock at Orr's reappointment signals the end of an era of Reserve Bank independence, and that's ok because it was bound to happen post QE
Opposition leader and potential Finance Minister say they're 'shocked and appalled' Orr was reappointed Governor
8th Nov 22, 12:23pm
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Opposition leader and potential Finance Minister say they're 'shocked and appalled' Orr was reappointed Governor
Review of anti-money-laundering and counter-terrorism financing suggests looser settings for some as $1.3b cost mounts
7th Nov 22, 8:14pm
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Review of anti-money-laundering and counter-terrorism financing suggests looser settings for some as $1.3b cost mounts
PM says banks not demonstrating 'social license' by repeatedly making very high profits, but does not have policy options; instead says banks 'should take a long hard look at themselves'
7th Nov 22, 6:11pm
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PM says banks not demonstrating 'social license' by repeatedly making very high profits, but does not have policy options; instead says banks 'should take a long hard look at themselves'
Headlines warn of grim times as interest rates jump and house prices fall, but actually, households, banks and firms are in rude health
2nd Nov 22, 8:10pm
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Headlines warn of grim times as interest rates jump and house prices fall, but actually, households, banks and firms are in rude health
Finance Minister notes five years since Labour won power, highlighting economic growth, low unemployment and house building; says inflation has peaked and will fall
25th Oct 22, 6:47pm
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Finance Minister notes five years since Labour won power, highlighting economic growth, low unemployment and house building; says inflation has peaked and will fall
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Immigration Minister reopens Skilled Migrant visa category ahead of full review; parent visa category reopened and quota more than doubled
12th Oct 22, 1:16pm
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Immigration Minister reopens Skilled Migrant visa category ahead of full review; parent visa category reopened and quota more than doubled