Opinion

Opinion and analysis from Brian Gaynor, Pattrick Smellie, Peter Griffin, David Chaplin and Jehan Casinader and a top-level group of New Zealand experts, including the BusinessDesk editorial team.

BRIAN GAYNOR: No, New Zealand is not a 'broken country'
Brian Gaynor | Sat, 25 Jan 2020

Two recent media commentaries, under the headings 'This Broken Country' and 'The Roaring Twenties have started with a bang, and the economy may soon be whimpering' have painted a gloomy picture of the New Zealand economy.New Zealand isn’t perfect, but does it deserve these depres...

OPINION: All the questions the convention centre fire asks
Pattrick Smellie | Thu, 24 Oct 2019

As the flames die and the smoke clears on the roof of the unfinished New Zealand International Convention Centre roof, questions from this sorry episode spin out in many directions.There are the simple questions: how did it start? Whose individual incompetence, error or negligenc...

ANALYSIS: Why banks don't pass on full OCR cuts
Jenny Ruth | Fri, 18 Oct 2019

New Zealand's four major banks may be feeling battered as they await the Reserve Bank's final decisions on how much extra capital they're going to have to hold, but they should thank their lucky stars they're not as exposed to ritual bashings as their Australian parents.Still gra...


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