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A typical piece of legislation can take a year or more to draft, review, and edit. The supporting Member of Parliament will work with their own sta
A decline in production activity in 2018 saw decreases in production revenue and overseas funding. Screen revenue peaked at $3.5b in 2017, but decr
The labour force isn’t following the usual script Historically in the USA, as in other western economies, an unemployment rate this low
Latest statistics confirm a slowing in New Zealand’s economic growth. GDP figures for the December quarter report a 2.8 percent increase in (inflat
In October last year, BERL posted an article on this website, about the slower growth in international visitor numbers.  At that point in time
Butter prices have gone mad, are we finally returning to sanity? The dairy industry is one of New Zealand’s largest export industries, wi
Australian GDP growth failed to meet expectations when the December 2018 Quarter results were released on 6 March 2019. Seasonally adjusted Austral
Craft beer, cider and spirits are the fastest growing alcohol markets, with all volumes increasing in 2018. The availability of alcoholic
The BERL data newsletter is designed to provide commentary on data issues and news, including methodological changes, new measures, reviews, delays
The concepts of tax and active tax policies remain the Achilles Heel of those wanting to progress a truly transformative agenda for New Zealand. &n
The release of new net migration data in January 2019 by Statistics New Zealand using their new migration estimates, saw estimates in November 2018
On 13 February the Education Minister, Chris Hipkins, released a Cabinet Paper discussing his plans on how to restructure the Vocational Education
The ongoing tensions between the USA and China, two of our biggest trading partners has potential to test our neutral stance, and now it appears th
New Zealand’s labour market statistics for December 2018 quarter released on 7 February 2019 by Statistics New Zealand showed that for the December
As has been widely heralded, New Zealand will have its first Wellbeing Budget this year.  Instead of focussing narrowly on growing the economy
When Statistics New Zealand announced its new approach to measuring migration, with the removal of departure cards for people leaving New Zealand f
Total residential building consents issued were 32,996 for the year ended December 2018. This article looks at the recovery to the highs of 2004 wh
One of the first decisions by the Hon Grant Robertson, when he was appointed to his position as Minister of Finance, was to re-enshrine the Living
Despite state schools receiving government funding and rules preventing parents from being charged fees, the costs associated with getting the kids
The first in our new series of videos which will demystify economic concepts, bust a few myths, and unscramble those acronyms economists like to us
Local and central government are emerging as important actors in defining and measuring wellbeing concepts. The current discussion around wellbeing
The BERL data newsletter has been designed to provide commentary on data issues and news, including methodological changes, new measures, reviews,
After strong growth the last two years, there may be clouds gathering over the Australian economic outlook. From a peak in the first quarter of 201
Just over 280,000 international visitors arrived in New Zealand in the month of October 2018. This is an increase of around 25,000 on the month of
StatsNZ has released its estimates to 30 September 2018 for the national resident population and to 30 June 2018 for the Māori resident population,
The New Zealand economy is broad and comprises of diverse and thriving communities contributing to the overall New Zealand economy.  As the Ne
The latest results from the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) indicate that the total number of people employed in New Zealand increased by 74,0
In 2018, fishing and fish processing generated around $650 million of direct GDP, directly employed around 6,630 FTEs, and $1.6 billion worth of ex
The Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry for Primary Industries have now released the Essential Freshwater work programme.  This two-
The 9th annual World Indigenous Business Forum (WIBF) was held in Rotorua 9-11 October 2018, the first time the event has been hosted in Aotearoa.
Fresh water and the cleaning up of New Zealand’s streams, rivers and lakes was a major issue during the last election campaign.  This is becau
In September, the Office of the Auditor-General released a research report entitled Managing the supply of and demand for drinking water
Clean drinking water is crucial to public health.  The outbreak of campylobacter in Havelock North in 2016, and the subsequent Inquiry and rec
Between 2014 and 2017, the rapid growth in the number of international visitors was a significant factor in the relatively rapid growth in the New
A large proportion of New Zealand homes require insulation to enable them to be warmer, drier and healthier. There is a range of people i
Business and Economic Research Limited (BERL) is a privately-owned, New Zealand research-led consultancy, with a foundation of economic analysis, a
Statistics New Zealand’s GDP release on 20 September 2018 showed that for the 2018 June quarter that production GDP had increased by 1 percent. &nb
Nothing is certain … except death and taxes. Once thing that is uncertain, is how our taxes will look in the future. The Tax Working Group (TWG) ha
There is a joke that goes “How do you know if someone owns an EV? They tell you about it”.  It seems that those who have made the switch are e
On Tuesday morning (NZ time) the Trump administration announced further tariffs in the escalating trade war between the world’s two biggest economi
Net inward migration is great for the economy within reason. In the past we have thought of a net annual inflow of 15,000 to 20,000 as being high.
The BERL data newsletter has been designed to provide commentary on data issues and news, including methodological changes, new measures, reviews,
With New Zealand Customs announcement of the removal of departure cards from November 2018, there will be a focus on the new migration measures pro
Now that virtually all the data and information we need can be sourced online, most of us at BERL hardly use books for our work. But the recent ref
Typically a quiet month for short-term commercial accommodation, June 2018 international guest nights fell 8.2 percent compared with the month of J
As a volunteer firefighter I keep an eye on wildfire related events around the world. In thinking about the Californian fires I’m struck by the sim
The BERL data newsletter has been designed to provide commentary on data issues and news, including methodological changes, new measures, reviews,
The estimated resident population of New Zealand reached 4,885,300 end of June 2018, according to StatsNZ.  Population change in New Zealand i