Charlotte Greenfield

Bringing up baby: New Zealand speaker makes parliament more parent-friendly

22 Aug 2019

WELLINGTON As New Zealand lawmakers vigorously debated fuel prices in parliament this week, speaker Trevor Mallard called for order while feeding baby Tūtānekai his bottle.

New Zealand lawmakers urged to drop restrictions on Africa, Middle East refugees

21 Aug 2019

WELLINGTON Human rights advocates urged New Zealand lawmakers on Wednesday to drop restrictions on the intake of Middle Eastern and African refugees, saying the policy undermines the character of a nation praised for its response to deadly mosque attacks this year.

UPDATE 1-RBNZ's heavy rate cuts reduce need for unconventional policy - asst.governor

21 Aug 2019

WELLINGTON, Aug 21 New Zealand's aggressive interest rate cuts in recent weeks reduce the need for unconventional monetary policy to boost inflation, the central bank's assistant governor said on Wednesday.

Global dairy prices flat, milk powder surges at fortnightly auction

21 Aug 2019

WELLINGTON Global dairy prices were largely flat at an auction early on Wednesday, but key product whole milk powder posted surprisingly strong gains on increased demand from Asia.

UPDATE 1-Global dairy prices flat, milk powder surges at fortnightly auction

21 Aug 2019

* Impact of trade wars on Chinese demand a risk - analyst (Re-casts, adds analyst comment, market reaction)

Criticism mounts of New Zealand mosque shooting response

14 Aug 2019

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand After a lone gunman killed 51 mosque worshippers in March, New Zealand's outpouring of collective grief and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's heartfelt support for the Muslim community won praise around the world.

Going negative? As trade war rages, central banks ponder radical steps

14 Aug 2019

TOKYO/WELLINGTON Negative interest rate policy - an unconventional gambit once only considered by economies with chronically low inflation such as Europe and Japan - is becoming a more attractive option for some other central banks to counter unwelcome currency rises.

In New Zealand, young Māori women lead the battle for indigenous rights

11 Aug 2019

AUCKLAND/WELLINGTON Five years ago, law graduate Pania Newton and her cousins got together around a kitchen table and agreed to do everything in their power to prevent a housing development on a south Auckland site considered sacred by local Māori.

New Zealand could cut rates again, won't rule out negative rates - central bank assistant governor

08 Aug 2019

WELLINGTON New Zealand's central bank could ease rates again, the assistant governor said on Thursday, a day after the bank stunned markets with a steep 50 basis-point cut to the official cash rate (OCR) and flagged the risk of negative rates to fight slowing growth.

Asian central banks flag growth concerns with surprising rate cuts

07 Aug 2019

WELLINGTON/MUMBAI Asia central banks signaled major concerns on Wednesday about the outlook for economic growth, stunning markets with a series of surprising interest rate cuts and pointing to policymakers' dwindling ammunition to fight off a downturn.

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Iran says it will destroy any aggressor

Iran will pursue any aggressor, even it carries out a limited attack, and seek to destroy it, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday, after attacks on Saudi oil sites which Riyadh and U.S officials blamed on Tehran.