Infometrics November newsletter
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November 2018

Infometrics is proud to announce that Shaun Twaddle has been awarded the Institute of Directors Wellington Branch Emerging Director Award 2019. Well done Shaun!

In this month’s newsletter Brad Olsen takes a look at what the plastic ban will mean for the packaging sector.

Mieke Welvaert examines whether we are heading for a crash or correction in the Auckland housing market.

We introduce David Friggens, a new member to our team, with exciting IT skills.

And finally in the chart of the month, Brad investigates data with a lighter side that looks at where dogs are concentrated in New Zealand.

Infometrics economist wins award
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Infometrics is delighted with the news that Shaun Twaddle, Infometrics economist and director, recently won the Institute of Directors Wellington Branch Emerging Director Award 2019.
Plastic bag ban provides opportunities and challenges to packaging sector
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Kiwis have overwhelmingly supported the government’s plastic bag ban, which will kick in mid-2019. The ban presents the wider packaging sector of 50,000 workers with an opportunity to retool and grow itself as consumers increasingly look for more environmentally friendly options.
Scaremongering about a housing correction
Despite various opinion pieces recently, the New Zealand property market is not heading for a crash. Given the sheer inertia of demand pressures in Auckland, we also think chances of a substantial correction are slim. This article lays out an answer to the question asked by Slade Robertson’s opinion piece in the NZ Herald this morning: are we heading for a crash or correction?
A day in the life of a Technical Lead – David Friggens
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Infometrics welcomes David Friggens to the IT side of our team. David is a data analyst with a broad range of experience. Previously he worked at MBIE, Ministry of Education, and University of Waikato. We chatted to David about what a day in his life is like…
Chart of the month: who let the dogs out?
As we head into summer, many of us will be looking forward to spending time with friends, family, and of course ‘man’s best friend’, the pooch. This month we draw of data from the Department of Internal Affairs to look at where dogs are more concentrated in NZ. There were 560,511 registered dogs in NZ for the year ending 30 June 2018. Two-thirds (67%) of dogs are in the North Island (compared to 77% of the human population), with the remaining third (33%) in the South Island (vs 23% human).