Tony Alexander

Economic Commentaries

I’ve been writing a weekly column for NZ regional newspapers since 1998. Columns produced since the start of 2011 are included on this page.

Rates up a tad

Thursday May 23rd 2013

This week we learnt that consumer confidence measured in the regular survey undertaken by Roy Morgan improved to a reading of 123.7 from 119.2 in April. This is the highest reading since 2010 and what we take from it is that the chances of higher than expected retail spending and household debt growth are rising.

No room

Thursday May 23rd 2013

On Tuesday we learnt that the annual net migration inflow into New Zealand jumped up to a two year high of 4,776 in April from a net outflow of 4,006 a year ago. This sharp change derives from numbers coming into New Zealand rising 4.1% in the year to April and numbers leaving declining by […]

Who you gonna hire?

Thursday May 23rd 2013

Last week I spent a couple of days in Christchurch seeing how economic activity there is definitely picking up. The city will be a key driver of economic growth for the country over the next few years with Treasury’s latest estimate being that the rebuild will cost $40bn. But the true level of expenditure will […]

Brain Gain NZ – May 2013 full pdf

Sunday May 19th 2013

Full pdf here.

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Purchasing A Business in New Zealand

Sunday May 19th 2013

There comes a time in many ex-pats’ lives where they feel the need to return home. The reasons are many and varied but will most commonly revolve around family (their own children or elderly parents); friends and lifestyle – or they may simply reach a point in their career where the prospect of a return […]

What is your Unfair Advantage?

Sunday May 19th 2013

In my last article I looked at the leadership of a Business of International Quality (BIQ™). We talked about how a strong management team shapes the direction of the company and builds a culture and team that works towards achieving a unified vision.

Why Kiwis Love DIY

Sunday May 19th 2013

As New Zealanders we think of ourselves as a people characterised by our ability to invent new things and new processes. Over time, our history has suggested to us that our #8 gauge wire mentality is a metaphor for our innovativeness – in our character and central to our economy. In reality, #8 gauge wire […]

NZ’s Return Migrants

Sunday May 19th 2013

The global competition for skilled labour is heating up. Oxford Economics and Towers Watson’s study, Global Talent 2021, predicts Australia will be facing a skilled ‘talent deficit’ by 2021 and finding it more difficult to retain skilled labour.  Australia will be in good company, with other OECD countries – including the UK, US, Canada and […]

Column From NZMEA

Sunday May 19th 2013

I was able to sit down with Doug Hastie from Syft Technologies, to discuss the company, as well as his views on the New Zealand economy and business culture.


Sunday May 19th 2013

NZ is expensive but a good place to be a mum.

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