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Bernard Hickey: The year of big numbers

18 Dec, 2016 5:00am
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Bernard Hickey

Bernard is an economics columnist for the NZ Herald

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  • 11 Dec, 2016 5:00am
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COMMENT: Leadership change is always the best time to reassess what any country or government should focus on.
  • 4 Dec, 2016 5:00am
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Treasury's forecasts are worthy of respect. Key may well be right that the Government can afford it all for the next few years.
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  • 27 Nov, 2016 5:00am
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COMMENT: Like any building with concrete cancer, trust in a big idea can seem very solid right up until the moment of collapse.
  • 20 Nov, 2016 5:00am
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COMMENT: As much as we'd like his wall to block off the Trump-effect from the rest of the world, no one is immune in the still globalised world.
  • 13 Nov, 2016 7:15am
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COMMENT: If Trump carries out his trade and defence threats, NZ would face the risk of slower global economic growth, higher interest rates and fewer capital flows.
  • 6 Nov, 2016 5:00am
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COMMENT: This week's jobs figures look fantastic, but they disguise flat real GDP per hour worked and an essentially stagnant economy.
  • 23 Oct, 2016 5:00am
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COMMENT: A look at this week's new population projections should give Phil Goff and his council a sobering reminder of the massive task ahead of them.
  • 16 Oct, 2016 3:43pm
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COMMENT: Two apparently unrelated things happened in the first week of October that say so much about New Zealand these days.
  • 9 Oct, 2016 5:00am
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COMMENT: Three news items this week highlighted some of the risks and opportunities posed by New Zealand's current migration settings.
  • 25 Sep, 2016 5:00am
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COMMENT: New Zealand has changed an awful lot over the past 30 years. Mostly for the good, but not for everyone.
  • 18 Sep, 2016 4:21pm
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COMMENT: If everything goes according to the Unitary and Govt plans, Auckland is about to embark on an apartment building spree like it has never seen.
  • 11 Sep, 2016 5:00am
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COMMENT: It's hard to know how to react to the news Auckland's average house value rose over $1 million in August.
  • 4 Sep, 2016 3:24pm
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COMMENT: John Key and Nick Smith have in recent weeks taken to trumpeting Auckland's current building boom as the biggest in New Zealand history.
  • 28 Aug, 2016 5:00am
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COMMENT: Which politicians will be brave and honest enough to propose taxes to stop land banking?
  • 21 Aug, 2016 7:11pm
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COMMENT: Allowing a flood of low-skilled migrants is frustrating that market mechanism with the short-term aim of keeping wages low for employers.
  • 14 Aug, 2016 5:00am
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COMMENT: The Reserve Bank may be missing its target, but we shouldn't give up so easily just because it is hard to hit.
  • 7 Aug, 2016 5:00am
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COMMENT: Normally the banks would just pass on the Cash Rate cut to mortgage borrowers and term-deposit savers, but this time is likely to be different.
  • 31 Jul, 2016 5:00am
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Nasa's budget had tripled in one year to US$5.4 billion ($7.6b) and the space programme went on to cost US$34b.
  • 24 Jul, 2016 5:00am
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The Government has wrapped its entire supply-led strategy for dealing with Auckland's housing crisis/challenge into the Auckland Unitary Plan.
  • 17 Jul, 2016 5:00am
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COMMENT: Why are politicians of all colours so afraid? And whose interests are they protecting when they say such falls are "crazy"?
  • 10 Jul, 2016 5:00am
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COMMENT: John Key is more worried about the short-term fates of leveraged-up speculators and developers than the long-term fate of Generation Rent.
  • 3 Jul, 2016 5:00am
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COMMENT: Imagine how productive and wealthy our economies would be with a President Trump and a Prime Minister Peters.