The Food, Agriculture and Hospitality Committee in co-operation with the non-profit organization ‘OGA for Aid’ are working to organize their fourth volunteer trip to Minamisanriku to assist the local community in recovering from the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami.
The New Zealand and Australian Ambassadors wish to announce that an ANZAC Day Memorial Service will be held at the Commonwealth War Cemetery, Hodogaya, Yokohama on Friday 25 April 2014 commencing at 9:00am.
Finance Minister Bill English has announced today that he expects average annual wages in New Zealand to increase by $7,500 over the next four years. During a speech to the Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, Mr English said that Treasury expected the economy to grow 2% to 4% per year until 2018.
A Washington-based think-tank called ‘The Social Progress Imperative’ has named New Zealand as the most socially advanced country in the world. The group was founded on the belief that true social progress cannot simply be extrapolated from a countries economic statistics (such as GDP).
The International Monetary Fund has released its conclusions from its most recent New Zealand mission. The IMF’s statement highlights a number of positive features of the New Zealand economy: Growth prospects have improved for the near term. Business and consumer confidence is strong and commodity prices for key exports remain high. The government’s plan to return the budget to surplus is on track. The macroeconomic framework remains sound and provides policy space to respond to adverse shocks. The flexible exchange rate continues to serve as an important buffer. Growth is now forecast to increase to 3.5% in 2014.