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Although filling up the car has been increasingly painful throughout this year, petrol prices would be even higher without the government’s reduction to excise duty that is currently in place until January next year. But as household budgets are squeezed, is the policy really providing assistance to... Read


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Households whose incomes are not keeping up with price rises are experiencing a fall in their standard of living. Lower-income households feel the pinch more because necessities such as rent, mortgage payments, food, and fuel take up a large, and increasing, share of their income. Here we look at those lower-income households: who they are, what pressures they are under, what is being done to help them, and what more could be done. Read


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Budget 2022 revealed not only the Government’s plans for the year ahead, but also new forecasts from Treasury of the economic outlook for New Zealand. They present a concerningly persistent level of inflation, with substantial flow-on effects for households, businesses, and the Government’s own funding. Read


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Consumer confidence plummeted to an all-time low in March 2022 in response to the ongoing uncertainty of New Zealand’s economic outlook. Households are being squeezed by rising living and credit costs, and these costs are expected to continue increasing for the foreseeable future. Read


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In 2016, Parliament gave local councils the ability to set local policies to allow for Easter trading if a shop chose to. Although two-thirds of all councils now have Easter trading policies in place, most of the spending, and people, in New Zealand remain under restricted trading options. In short, shop trading hours are a patchwork tapestry of non-sensical rules. It’s time to reconsider our entire shop hours trading regime and reduce the regulatory burden on businesses and households. Read


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The cost of living is rising at an accelerating rate, leaving household budgets squeezed as wages rise at a slower pace. But just what do the increase in prices mean at a dollar level for Kiwi households? Our February 2022 Chart of the Month seeks to examine the additional cost each week that Kiwis are paying for some of the essentials. Read


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The emergence of Omicron promises that 2022 will be another year of disruption for the New Zealand economy. The latest forecasts published by Infometrics show the Red “traffic light” setting knocking 1-2 percentage points off GDP during the first half of this year. Alongside government restrictions on the hospitality and events sector, spiking case numbers are likely to increase households’ Hesitancy Of Going Out (HOGO) and result in softer economic outcomes, as suggested by recent falls in consumer confidence. Read


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As New Zealand moves into the government’s “traffic light” system for controlling the spread of COVID-19, there’s hope that the massive disruption of lockdowns on economic activity can be consigned to the past. There’s also hope that the strong rebound in activity following last year’s initial lockdown will be repeated as Auckland emerges into a less restrictive environment. But is that expectation overly optimistic? Read


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Cost pressures are building across the economy, as strong demand encounters severely stretched supply chains. Businesses are being forced to raise prices to consumers as their own suppliers hike input costs. Inflation in September 2021 was 4.9% in New Zealand – the fastest in decades if you ignore the GST rise in 2011. Provincial areas of the North Island are seeing the highest price rises, as strong economic intentions hit capacity constraints. Read


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A fact that may surprise some New Zealanders is that their life is tracked and monitored by the government from the day they are born until the day they die. Read