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Grant Robertson’s rainy-day Budget poured billions – with many more billions still to come – into saving and creating jobs report Dentons Kensington Swan partners Linda Clark and Hayden Wilson If the plan works (and it is still being developed to match rapidly changing economic circumstances) then New Zealand’s economy may be spared the worst of what the Prime Minister calls “dire global predictions”. Continue →
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The Government’s $12.1 billion COVID-19 package will soften the impacts of the Coronavirus for individuals and businesses, however these extraordinary times also create the conditions for our Government to build investment momentum, says Paul Blair CEO of Infrastructure NZ We’re especially pleased with the reinstatement of depreciation deductions for commercial and industrial buildings. Continue →
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New Zealand has been ranked one of Asia Pacific’s fastest emerging hubs of financial technology (fintech) and one of the top 10 fintech destinations in the region, FintechNZ general manager James Brown says Globally, New Zealand is ranked 45th in the first Global Fintech Index city rankings 2020 by Findexable which identifies emerging hubs, fintech companies and trends of fintech ecosystems in more than 230 cities across 65 countries. Continue →
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Queensland has doubled down on infrastructure spending and the New South Wales budget delivers a $93bn infrastructure cash splash Ted Tabet & Dinah Lewis Boucher, The Urban Developer Queensland Budget The Queensland state budget unveiled by treasurer Jackie Trad introduced changes to payroll tax, land taxes and an increase to the royalties paid by oil and gas producers to help fill the state’s coffers. Continue →
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The US-China trade war poses the biggest current threat to the global economy, slowing global growth and adding to rising geopolitical uncertainty By Ted Tabet first published by The Urban Developer The rise of China in competition with the US has ensured that security risks continue to threaten global economic stability. Continue →
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Blockchain technology offers enormous benefits to the water industry, as Emma Weisbord explains, but other utilities and business sectors could also enjoy the same advantages The High Level Panel on Water (HPLW) have put forward their Agenda for Water Action, and have highlighted the need for innovative technologies that can resolve the gaps in water data quality, quantity and access. Continue →
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The Ardern government’s first Budget needs greater use of private investment, the head of New Zealand’s leading infrastructure industry body believes Getty Images “The Budget has followed through on well-signalled investments in transport, housing, education and health, but greater use of private investment will be needed to get overall investment to the level required,” says Stephen Selwood, Chief Executive of Infrastructure New Zealand. Continue →
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The government’s announcement that this year’s Budget will allocate $42 billion to capital investment over five years demands a specialised procurement agency according to the country’s leading infrastructure body The announcement will provide a welcome boost for regional and urban development but establishing a specialised strategic procurement agency is now a priority to ensure projects are sequenced and delivered at best value, says Stephen Selwood, CEO of Infrastructure New Zealand. Continue →
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A regional fuel tax will be nothing more than a stop gap measure to start funding Auckland’s much needed road infrastructure up-grade, according to the National Road Carriers Association “It is only going to raise a small part of the funding needed,” NRC CEO David Aitken believes. Continue →
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New Zealand is becoming a global blockchain centre, FintechNZ general manager James Brown claims New Zealand is a living laboratory for global tech developments and inventions and Kiwis are producing blockchain businesses that have a global market place, he says. Continue →
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Driverless cars will eventually dominate the world’s roads but widespread adoption isn’t imminent and there continue to be opportunities for investors in the road sector, according to AMP Capital’s Global Listed Infrastructure team In a paper entitled Autonomous vehicles: the real opportunity that lies ahead for investors, AMP Capital notes while driverless cars will eventually help solve traffic congestion issues in densely populated urban areas, more varied solutions are likely to be required in the medium term and both will require significant infrastructure investment. Continue →
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The AMP Capital Diversified Infrastructure Trust (ADIT) and AMP Capital Core Infrastructure Fund (CIF) have attracted their first New Zealand investors, reflecting growing interest locally in the asset class The funds have appealed to New Zealand investors, including a number of Iwi Trusts, due to a strong track record of long-term stable returns and low volatility. Continue →
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