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.

Labour Market – Loose but to tighten a lot

Saturday February 16th 2013

Full document incl. graphs here Normally when writing about the labour market in New Zealand we economists would make reference to the long-running Household Labour Force Survey. However this survey has developed some major problems which mean it no longer gives accurate readings into employment outcomes. Therefore the best one can say with regard […]

NZ Housing Expensive – More to Come

Saturday February 16th 2013

NZ Houses Are Expensive pdf with graphs here By world standards NZ house prices are high – very high. According to the latest Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey NZ rates as “Severely Unaffordable” with Auckland ranked as the 16th least affordable city and Christchurch 24th. Wellington comes in 31 rated as “Seriously unaffordable”.

Welcome expats

Saturday February 16th 2013

Welcome to the first issue of our new monthly publication, Brain Gain NZ. We like to think that the title gives a good indication as to what we are aiming for improving the connectivity of Kiwi expats with New Zealand and, promoting the utilisation of the goodwill toward our country which these people have regardless […]

Brain Gain NZ – February 2013

Saturday February 16th 2013

This is the first issue of our monthly publication aimed at improving the connectivity between NZ businesses and the hundreds of thousands of Kiwi expats offshore – a collection of people so large that NZ has the second largest diaspora in the OECD behind only Ireland. We do however have the greatest proportionate population churn […]

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Saturday February 16th 2013

Residential Real Estate Market Strong

Thursday February 14th 2013

In our first BNZ-REINZ Residential Market Survey for 2013 we have found strength across all our indicators from attendance at Open Homes to auction clearance rates, and interest from first home buyers and investors. Prices are strongly seen as rising and agents view the market as being a sellers one. This month for the first […]

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Business Sentiment Strong

Monday February 11th 2013

Our monthly survey of the sentiment of Weekly Overview readers has found a net 32% feeling positive about the state of the NZ economy in a year’s time. This is largely unchanged from the early-December result of a net 37% optimistic but does reveal some widely disparate sentiment between sectors.

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Residential Real Estate Market Still Firm

Friday December 14th 2012

This month most but not all of the measures we track show some slight cooling in the residential real estate market. Most notably a net 13% of responding agents note that they are seeing fewer people at Open Homes. However there has been a rise in the net percent who feel that buyers are more […]

Business Confidence Strong

Monday December 10th 2012

Good afternoon everyone. Our final BNZ Confidence Survey for 2012 shows a high level of optimism with regard to the state of the economy come the end of next year. A net 37% of respondents are optimistic compared with a net 38% in our November survey and a low for the year of a net […]

Expat Experiences of NZ Hiring

Friday November 30th 2012

During November 2012 there were over 120 comments posted largely by expat and returned Kiwis in a KEA group LinkedIn discussion on “How do employers view those coming home after an extended period of time?” The comments centred around a theme that NZ employers appear fearful of hiring expats and don’t recognise the skills and […]

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