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February 2019
NEWSLETTER

This month Brad Olsen takes a closer look at New Zealand's trade ties with China, and which parts of New Zealand's economy are most reliant on Chinese trade.

Adolf Stoombergen outlines some of the misconceptions surrounding the calculation of housing affordability.

Rob Heyes answers multiple questions about micromobility - from what it is to how it is disrupting the travel sector?

And finally, our nod to the month of love, Brad Olsen examines the economics of Valentine's day... 

Assessing China’s importance to regional New Zealand
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Over the last month there have been a range of concerns raised about the diplomatic relationship between New Zealand and China, with the announcement that the 2019 China-New Zealand Year of Tourism launch event has been postponed and government decisions being critical of China setting a foundation for worry.
How to calculate housing affordability
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There is much coverage in the media of housing affordability, frequently expressed as the ratio of median house price to median income. This measure can be extremely misleading as it takes no account of the actual cost of servicing a mortgage, which is much more relevant to most buyers.
Revolution, evolution, fad, or just a little extra variety?
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The first ever Micromobility Conference was held in California last month. This article looks at what micromobility is, how it is disrupting the travel sector, why it is happening now, and whether it will ever become an alternative to the car.
Love is in the air, and the wallet
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It seems that love was in the air again this year, with Cupid’s arrow aiming as much for people’s wallets as their hearts. Looking around and seeing all the hopeless romantics and their gestures of love ranging from rose bouquets to axe throwing made me question just what all the hype is about?