Agriculture and rural Minister Damien O'Connor says an early and unusual dry start to summer turned West Coast pastures from swamp to concrete.

Ag Minister extends drought classification to Grey, Buller districts

Wed 10 Jan 4

There's also a watching brief on neighbouring areas. 

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy

NZ government extends drought classification for eastern South Island

Thu 30 Jun

Nathan Guy announced the extension of the February 2015 medium-scale drought classification at a meeting with local farmers in North Canterbury today.

ASB rural economist Nathan Penny agrees

No nationwide drought – but don’t rejoice just yet

Wed 20 Jan 1

Almost two months into the summer season, there is almost no sign of a drought around most of the country.

Westpac economist Michael Gordon

Drought-driven downturn overly pessimistic, says economist

Thu 22 Oct 1

The forecast big dry this summer is unlikely to hit the economy as badly as previous, similar weather did.


Westpac economist Michael Gordon talks about a drought-driven downturn on NBR Radio and on demand on MyNBR Radio.

Finance Minister Bill English (Rob Hosking)

Surprise surplus on cards – but then what?

Mon 12 Oct 2

Even if – as looks likely – the surplus has arrived a year early, the bigger issue is economic performance for the year ahead.


Rob Hosking gives his in-depth analysis on the big stories to watch out for this week on NBR Radio and on demand on MyNBR Radio.

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler (Rob Hosking)

The Reserve Bank and the Alice Cooper economy

Fri 11 Sep 5

When people say 'rock star economy,' it is important to ask which rock star they are thinking about.


NBR Political & Economics Editor Rob Hosking breaks down the political & economic week that was on NBR Radio and on demand on MyNBR Radio.


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