Forty-six: the key polling number for National and its current partners; Forty-three: the key number for Winston; Will the Barclay Affair permanently affect National's buffer? Can campaign chair Joyce come to the rescue? And watch for Hone

Tweet By Alex Tarrant Forty-six is shaping up to be the most important number of the year. It’s the number Bill English and Steven Joyce go to sleep thinking about. A 46% National party vote, combined with current coalition partners The Maori Party, ACT and UnitedFuture winning their existing seats, would return the current government to power after 23 September …

Sifting through the RBNZ tea-leaves: As banks encourage 2-year mortgage rates, borrowers may find they come off to a higher OCR, hiked earlier and potentially higher than expected, Alex Tarrant argues

Tweet Image sourced from Shutterstock.com By Alex Tarrant The Reserve Bank may well have everyone saying Thursday’s Official Cash Rate (OCR) statement conveyed a ‘neutral’ tone on the direction of interest rates. But the Bank looks to me to still be more bullish than bearish, even following March quarter growth figures that came in well below its projection. That means …

Highest price was $3.211 million at Bayleys' latest residential auctions

Tweet This two bedroom house in Cambridge sold for $425,000. Bayleys had a cracker of a week in its auction rooms, selling 61% of the properties offered in Auckland and 50% in Hamilton, giving an overall clearance rate of 59%. At the Auckland residential auctions, prices ranged from $530,000 for a one bedroom apartment in The Dilworth building on the corner …

A review of things you need to know before you go home Friday; no rate changes, soft dairy prices, strong NZGB tender, new political poll, Canterbury refresh, swaps stable, NZD up

Tweet Image sourced from Shutterstock.com Here are the key things you need to know before you leave work today. MORTGAGE RATE CHANGES No changes today. DEPOSIT RATE CHANGES None here either. But UDC has advised that their term deposits are normally available again, without the recent special restriction. CAPPING THE GROWTH The latest dairy price monitoring by the USDA for …

Young man who killed Steel and Tube boss sentenced

A young man without any previous convictions has today been sentenced to six months community detention, nine months supervision and disqualified from driving for a year for causing the death of a prominent businessman who was out…

Latest Roy Morgan poll sees National's lead rise following the Budget, with 61% saying NZ 'heading in the right direction'

Tweet Content supplied by RoyMorgan In June New Zealand’s governing National Party has jumped 3.5% to 46.5% after Finance Minister Steven Joyce handed down a New Zealand Budget projecting a string of surpluses over the next few years. National are now well ahead of the opposition Labour/Greens alliance which dropped 3% to 39.5%. The overall support for the governing National-led …

NZIER's Derek Gill argues poverty is the problem in New Zealand, not income inequality, and this limits social mobility

Tweet The following is a press release from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research. The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) has today released a new Insight titled “Peak Inequality – New Zealand’s False Truth”. The Insight is based on new data and shows that despite popular opinion, income inequality in New Zealand hasn’t changed in the past …