Bernard Hickey

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Bernard is a senior contributing editor of interest.co.nz. Until September 30, 2012 he was the managing editor. He worked for 18 years for Reuters, the FT Group and Fairfax as a financial journalist and editor. He is now the publisher of Hive News.
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Articles by Bernard Hickey

20th Sep 16, 4:11pm
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Smith says Government looking at becoming a party to Unitary Plan appeals to combat any delays in bringing new housing supply to Auckland market
Smith says Government looking at becoming a party to Unitary Plan appeals to combat any delays in bringing new housing supply to Auckland market
20th Sep 16, 4:11pm
18th Sep 16, 5:02am
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Rules around body corporates need tightening before a whole new generation of Auckland apartment buyers are burnt by poor disclosure, inadequate maintenance and dodgy building quality
Rules around body corporates need tightening before a whole new generation of Auckland apartment buyers are burnt by poor disclosure, inadequate maintenance and dodgy building quality
18th Sep 16, 5:02am
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15th Sep 16, 11:01am
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GDP grew 0.9% in June qtr; up 3.6% from June qtr of 2015; slightly below economists' forecasts; unchanged from revised-up March qtr; construction up 5% in June qtr while household consumption up 1.9%
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GDP grew 0.9% in June qtr; up 3.6% from June qtr of 2015; slightly below economists' forecasts; unchanged from revised-up March qtr; construction up 5% in June qtr while household consumption up 1.9%
15th Sep 16, 11:01am
13th Sep 16, 11:41am
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PM says wary of policy action that could cause catastrophic slump in housing market; points to Australia; says Govt must protect home owners' equity; also wary of 2nd round of Anti Money Laundering controls as may increase agent/lawyer costs
PM says wary of policy action that could cause catastrophic slump in housing market; points to Australia; says Govt must protect home owners' equity; also wary of 2nd round of Anti Money Laundering controls as may increase agent/lawyer costs
13th Sep 16, 11:41am
11th Sep 16, 5:02am
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Bernard Hickey argues the Government should help break the lending drought threatening the Auckland housing building boom by focusing KiwiSaver HomeStart on funding new builds
Bernard Hickey argues the Government should help break the lending drought threatening the Auckland housing building boom by focusing KiwiSaver HomeStart on funding new builds
11th Sep 16, 5:02am
6th Sep 16, 4:51pm
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Little wants settings for work visas reviewed so low-skilled migrants are not taking jobs unemployed young locals could fill; attacks Key over comments workers 'on drugs and lazy'; wants lower residency target; Labour also wants export education inquiry
Little wants settings for work visas reviewed so low-skilled migrants are not taking jobs unemployed young locals could fill; attacks Key over comments workers 'on drugs and lazy'; wants lower residency target; Labour also wants export education inquiry
6th Sep 16, 4:51pm
5th Sep 16, 1:16pm
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PM says migrants needed for low-wage jobs such as fruit picking, cafe work because NZers can't or won't do the work, or live elsewhere; says employers cite drug and health problems for locals; migration 'adds value' to country
PM says migrants needed for low-wage jobs such as fruit picking, cafe work because NZers can't or won't do the work, or live elsewhere; says employers cite drug and health problems for locals; migration 'adds value' to country
5th Sep 16, 1:16pm
4th Sep 16, 5:02am
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Bernard Hickey argues New Zealand needs to rediscover its 1974 house building mojo, which means building a lot more smaller, simpler homes with Government backing
Bernard Hickey argues New Zealand needs to rediscover its 1974 house building mojo, which means building a lot more smaller, simpler homes with Government backing
4th Sep 16, 5:02am
28th Aug 16, 5:02am
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Bernard Hickey argues a land tax and/or targeted rates would change the expectations of unending tax-free capital gains with low holding costs that is driving a frenzy of land-banking in Auckland
Bernard Hickey argues a land tax and/or targeted rates would change the expectations of unending tax-free capital gains with low holding costs that is driving a frenzy of land-banking in Auckland
28th Aug 16, 5:02am
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23rd Aug 16, 9:20am
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Governor defends flexible inflation targeting regime; sticks with MPS view of another 35 bps of OCR cuts; says holding OCR would push up NZ$; but says more aggressive cuts would not lower NZ$ much and would worsen housing imbalances
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Governor defends flexible inflation targeting regime; sticks with MPS view of another 35 bps of OCR cuts; says holding OCR would push up NZ$; but says more aggressive cuts would not lower NZ$ much and would worsen housing imbalances
23rd Aug 16, 9:20am
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22nd Aug 16, 3:46pm
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UMR poll finds 60% of Aucklanders over 18 would prefer house prices fell a bit or dramatically; 63% of NZers want lower house prices; 55% of home owners would like lower prices; 85% of Aucklanders see housing crisis
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UMR poll finds 60% of Aucklanders over 18 would prefer house prices fell a bit or dramatically; 63% of NZers want lower house prices; 55% of home owners would like lower prices; 85% of Aucklanders see housing crisis
22nd Aug 16, 3:46pm
21st Aug 16, 5:02am
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Bernard Hickey says a surge of low-skilled migration is frustrating the natural forces of supply and demand that would generate the wage inflation that both the Reserve Bank and the Government need in the long run
Bernard Hickey says a surge of low-skilled migration is frustrating the natural forces of supply and demand that would generate the wage inflation that both the Reserve Bank and the Government need in the long run
21st Aug 16, 5:02am
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17th Aug 16, 11:16am
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Statistics NZ reports unemployment fell to 5.1% in June quarter from revised 5.2% in March quarter; Under-utilisation rate, which includes unemployed and those who want more work, at 12.7%; 342,000 out of work or want more work
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Statistics NZ reports unemployment fell to 5.1% in June quarter from revised 5.2% in March quarter; Under-utilisation rate, which includes unemployed and those who want more work, at 12.7%; 342,000 out of work or want more work
17th Aug 16, 11:16am
16th Aug 16, 2:37pm
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Woodhouse says no evidence yet that high temporary migration is suppressing wages at the low end; English says watching skill levels and wages closely; Pressure growing on Govt as ANZ, RBNZ, Auckland Chamber of Commerce call for migration review
Woodhouse says no evidence yet that high temporary migration is suppressing wages at the low end; English says watching skill levels and wages closely; Pressure growing on Govt as ANZ, RBNZ, Auckland Chamber of Commerce call for migration review
16th Aug 16, 2:37pm
16th Aug 16, 1:07pm
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English says unfair to say Wheeler has failed to meet his performance target on keeping inflation around 2% when global inflation is very low and NZ economy is growing faster than 3%; says 2nd term up to board
English says unfair to say Wheeler has failed to meet his performance target on keeping inflation around 2% when global inflation is very low and NZ economy is growing faster than 3%; says 2nd term up to board
16th Aug 16, 1:07pm
14th Aug 16, 5:02am
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Bernard Hickey argues those saying the Reserve Bank should just give up on reaching its 2% inflation target need to remember the people who won't get jobs and the exporters who will be sacrificed
Bernard Hickey argues those saying the Reserve Bank should just give up on reaching its 2% inflation target need to remember the people who won't get jobs and the exporters who will be sacrificed
14th Aug 16, 5:02am
11th Aug 16, 11:11am
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RBNZ's Wheeler expects banks to pass on most of OCR cut; says RBNZ will send debt to income multiple limit plan to English in next week or two, but unlikely to be introduced this year; says migration putting downward pressure on wages
RBNZ's Wheeler expects banks to pass on most of OCR cut; says RBNZ will send debt to income multiple limit plan to English in next week or two, but unlikely to be introduced this year; says migration putting downward pressure on wages
11th Aug 16, 11:11am
11th Aug 16, 9:12am
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RBNZ cuts OCR by 25 bps to 2.0% and forecasts just one more cut; NZ$ sprints over 73 USc after markets had forecast chance of 50 bps cut
RBNZ cuts OCR by 25 bps to 2.0% and forecasts just one more cut; NZ$ sprints over 73 USc after markets had forecast chance of 50 bps cut
11th Aug 16, 9:12am
8th Aug 16, 7:12pm
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PM expects banks to be good corporate citizens and pass on all of OCR in full if they can; Key deflects calls for migration review; says migration needed with 5.2% unemployment; says RBNZ has flexibility with inflation target, but can use LVRs and cut OCR
PM expects banks to be good corporate citizens and pass on all of OCR in full if they can; Key deflects calls for migration review; says migration needed with 5.2% unemployment; says RBNZ has flexibility with inflation target, but can use LVRs and cut OCR
8th Aug 16, 7:12pm
7th Aug 16, 5:02am
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Bernard Hickey argues the banks could help the Reserve Bank get out from between a rock and a hard place by not passing on next week's OCR cut to savers and borrowers
Bernard Hickey argues the banks could help the Reserve Bank get out from between a rock and a hard place by not passing on next week's OCR cut to savers and borrowers
7th Aug 16, 5:02am

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