Robertson sounded sanguine about Brexit – but he is urging NZ traders to have contingency plans

Finance Minister Grant Robertson sounded very sanguine about the   impact of Brexit on the New Zealand economy when he  answered  a  “patsy”  question from one of his own  back-benchers  in  Parliament.

He noted NZ and the UK have signed two agreements that will help ensure continuity and stability in the regulatory arrangements underpinning New Zealand’s trade.

But (rather  less  confidently) he added that all NZ businesses which might be affected by Brexit should  consider the implications of the full range of scenarios for their business and ensure that they have contingency plans in place.

Current uncertainty means it is important for us to prepare for the full range of potential outcomes. Treasury’s assessment is that a no-deal Brexit would likely have a small overall negative impact on the NZ economy, mainly due to disruption of some specific NZ businesses and industries. For example, UK tourist numbers could fall, Kiwi goods could face delays at the UK border, and importers could face supply disruptions”. Continue reading “Robertson sounded sanguine about Brexit – but he is urging NZ traders to have contingency plans”

The tourism portfolio: if the minister isn’t doing his job, the remedy – surely – is to sack him

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis was reported by Radio NZ as saying he will not challenge the Prime Minister’s decision not to appoint an associate minister.

Whether he said this because he is confident he can do the job without assistance or because he did not want to be publicly disagreeing with his boss is something we might muse on.

According to Radio NZ, Tourism Industry Aotearoa recently approached Jacinda Ardern saying the country’s largest export earner needs greater representation at the Cabinet table, but she turned down the request.

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis said he supported the prime minister.

“We’re well aware of the interest from the tourism industry around having an associate minister but, you know, that’s a decision that the Prime Minister will make.

“We’ll wait and see what decisions she makes if and when there is a reshuffle.”

Tourism is the country’s largest export earner and was recently valued at $39.1 billion.
Continue reading “The tourism portfolio: if the minister isn’t doing his job, the remedy – surely – is to sack him”

It’s too soon to put some GGs out to pasture – so let’s put them in charge of inquiries

Governor-generals  in  an earlier  era  ended their terms and  retired  gracefully  and   anonymously,  perhaps carrying  a few more medals than when they started.

Now  they are  being  pressed  into  service   to  head  up   some  of the scores  of inquiries, reviews  and studies  the  Labour-NZ  First  have launched.

Clearly an  ex-Governor  lends a certain cachet   to  such  events. Continue reading “It’s too soon to put some GGs out to pasture – so let’s put them in charge of inquiries”