Kiwibank chief executive Paul Brock resigns

Kiwibank chief executive Paul Brock is stepping down after seven years in the role and more than 17 with the company.Brock has been with the bank since it was launched in 2002 and was appointed chief executive in 2010. Since it…

Bill English doesn't want Winston Peters anywhere near NZ's monetary policy settings but can't rule him out becoming Finance Minister – says that's up to voters to decide

Tweet By Alex Tarrant Prime Minister Bill English says he doesn’t want New Zealand First leader Winston Peters anywhere near monetary policy post-election, but can’t and won’t rule him out becoming Finance Minister. Speaking to a live Herald interview Tuesday, English was asked if he could calm ‘the market’ by ruling out any influence on New Zealand’s monetary policy settings …

National launches 'boldest-ever' trade policy

National has released trade policy to complete or start seven free trade deals – which it says will unlock markets with 2.5 billion people.Trade Minister Todd McClay announced what he called New Zealand’s “boldest-ever trade push”…

Don't scare the horses: Incremental housing affordability improvements the name of the game for both National and Labour ahead of this September's election; Don't mention the war (on prices)

Tweet By Alex Tarrant Incremental improvements in housing affordability due to rising incomes and flat prices rather than a quicker adjustment due to a rapid reduction in house prices is the National Party mantra heading into September’s election. It’s hard to tell if Labour’s position is any different. Prime Minister Bill English told a live NZ Herald interview Tuesday morning …

TOP's Geoff Simmons & Andrew Courtney on why we need to bite the bullet and include the family home in an equity tax

Tweet By Geoff Simmons &  Andrew Courtney* There is growing awareness of the need to tax assets in New Zealand, but this morning the Labour leader reiterated the party was ruling out a capital gains tax on the family home. Taxing the family home may be politically unpopular, but exempting it will kneecap any serious attempt to reduce inequality and improve the allocation of …