New Zealand teachers strike challenges Labour govt wages policy

By Charlotte Greenfield WELLINGTON, Aug 15 : New Zealand school teachers went on strike on Wednesday for the first time in more than 20 years, challenging the Labour government’s plans to balance promised fiscal responsibility against growing demands to increase public sector salaries. Almost 30,000 primary school teachers did not turn up to work and […]

NZ business sentiment sinks as firms take downbeat view on new Labour government

By Charlotte Greenfield WELLINGTON, Jan 16 : New Zealand business sentiment turned negative and sunk to a two-year low in the fourth quarter due to pessimism towards the new centre-left government, a private think tank said on Tuesday. A net 12 percent of firms surveyed expected general business conditions to deteriorate compared with 5 percent […]

New Zealand polls close after nail-biting race, record numbers vote in advance

By Ana Nicolaci da Costa and Charlotte Greenfield WELLINGTON, Sept 23 : New Zealanders went to the polls on Saturday after the most hotly contested race in recent history, with changes to the country’s openness to migration and trade and the central bank’s approach to monetary policy among the possible outcomes. The ruling National Party […]