This is where we note various pieces of data, and other selected and topical items of interest as they arrive in our inbox

This is where we note various pieces of data, and other selected and topical items of interest as they arrive in our inbox.

We will add to it continously during the day.

Feel free to send us suggested content – to news@interest.co.nz

8:30 am Guardian puts hand out (DC)

The left-wing British news site has been struggling financially for a while, selling off assets to keep operating. Post-Brexit it sees even darker clouds ahead and today launched an appeal for donations.

8:35 am 1,000 jobs available, with houses (DC)

The Guardian is where I noticed this story about South Island town Kaitangata. They have 1,000+ job openings apparently, with unemployment of just 2 people. Average house price? $230,000.

11:40 am North Canterbury drought now deep into winter (DC)

Federated Farmers are praising their members for how they are handling animal welfare in the face of extended winter dry conditions.

11:43 am Taking time off (DC)

Westpac’s New Zealand chief economist, Dominick Stephens, will take a one-year sabbatical from July 4, returning as Chief Economist in July 2017.

11:50 am Auckland Council raises rates +2.5% for households (DC)

Auckland Council has today adopted its 2016/2017 budget, setting out $1.4 bln for new assets and an average rates increase of 2.4% (+2.5% for households and +1.9% for businesses).

11:53 am Raising the standards for landlords (DC)

The Government is reminding landlords that tenancy law changes covering smoke alarms, insulation, enforcement of standards and property abandonment come into effect tomorrow.

12:55 pm “It will take time” (DC)

The Government and Customs are signaling that collecting GST of imports valued at $60 or less will be difficult for them and delays are likely as they get their heads around the logistics involved. They now say they will lower the threshold, potentially from the 2018/19 financial year.

1:20 pm Business confidence improves in ANZ survey (DC)

ANZ report a firming in business sentiment, firms’ own activity expectations and other components of the survey flag accelerating economic momentum. Construction and services are the pace-setters, agriculture the laggard.

2:15 pm Swap and NZGB yields keep on rising (DC)

That is four days in a row now. And th e90 day bank bill rate is creeping higher too