Bernard Hickey

Bernard was the Managing Editor of Interest.co.nz from 2008 to 2012. A financial journalist for 20 years, he has worked for Reuters, the FT Group and Fairfax Media in Wellington, Canberra, Sydney, London, Singapore and Auckland in that order.

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The Russian operative charged with trying to form relationships with people high up in US politics, Mariia Butina, was pictured in this photo of a meeting between Russian officials and Donald Trump.

Councils want the power to collect or receive GST and income taxes so they can pay for expensive infrastructure needed for population and tourism growth. Bernard Hickey argues they would need to improve their governance and accountability first.

New Zealanders see an affordable house price as being almost $200,000 cheaper than a KiwiBuild house in Auckland. China wants New Zealand to correct its "wrong statements" about China's activities in the Pacific. The economy continues to show signs of cooling ahead of key inflation figures next week.

People on the move in and around the political this week included Reserve Bank Head of Communications Mike Hannah, Xero CFO Sankar Narayan, Australian media and casino mogul James Packer, former Fletcher Building chair Ralph Norris, former Landcorp chair Traci Houpapa and NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff.