Opinion: China's trade practices need to change and President Trump holds the upper hand.
"Moving decision makers closer to the coal face (are we allowed to use that term here in NZ anymore?) has the compounding effect of being more responsive, more relevant, and removing layers of review and approval."
"If Spark continues to win the rights to RWC type tournaments, and Sky continue to hold on to the other main ones, that could be a poor/costly outcome for consumers. "
House prices rose nationally but fell in Auckland.
"The investment thesis no longer stacks up, and just as night follows day, bust follows boom."
Banking & Finance
Ring-fencing property investors’ losses will have the least impact of any tax.
"I fear Cullen will be thinking about reintroducing a new tax bracket (perhaps 39%) and therefore ringfencing losses may actually be more productive than Mr Stephens has estimated."
"A performance fee only 'aligns incentives' if it incentivises the manager to outperform an appropriate benchmark, but is NOT paid if the manager fails to beat the benchmark. "
Law & Courts
"DAB means more consumer choice, and a chance to find some sort of hybrid between treating radio frequencies as property to be bought and sold, and allocating spectrum to deliver a diverse range of content in the public interest"