:  Chief of Defence Force, Lt Gen Tim Keating; former Defence Minister, Gerry Brownlee and Defence Secretary Helene Quilter in front of Parliament's Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee

The 38 per cent Defence budget blowout

It is crunch day for Labour’s Budget with the unveiling of the Half Yearly Economic and Fiscal Update and the Budget Strategy Report. The reports will come as more evidence surfaces of blowouts and misman…
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Not so good news for the new Government

In some not-so-good news for the new Government, the Ministry for Primary Industries’ “Agriculture Situation and Outlook” is forecasting a slow down in agriculture export returns in the 2018/19 year. …
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The briefings: The price of Government

There is a subtle but strong message running through the Briefings to Incoming Ministers released yesterday which comes near to putting a price that the Government is going to have to pay to implement its pr…
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:  Reserve Bank Governor Grant Spencer

An end to inflation?

In what was billed as a  major speech yesterday, the Governor of the Reserve bank, Grant Spencer, appeared to begin engaging with the new Government which wants to change the Bank’s mandate. The speech i…
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:  Regional Development Minister Shane Jones on

Jones hints at debt challenges

There was a hint yesterday of just how tight the Government’s capital budget is and how there will be pressure to extend its borrowing targets out at the same time as innovative ways are found to fund capi…
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