Kiwi house price expectations nearing GFC lows

Ōtautahi - Forty three percent 43 percent of Kiwis expect house prices to fall in the coming year, which is a further fall from the 31 percent last quarter, ASB says in its latest survey. This compares with 55 percent of Kiwis expecting house price decreases at the height of the

Making hydrogen straight from seawater without desalination


Ōtautahi - Researchers have developed a cheaper and more energy-efficient way to make hydrogen directly from seawater, in a critical step towards a truly viable green hydrogen industry. The new method splits the seawater directly into hydrogen and oxygen skipping the need for desalination and its associated cost, energy consumption and

How is NZ tracking on climate change efforts?


Ōtautahi - New Zealand is ahead of its climate goals on transparency such as targets, budgets, plans, reporting - in both public and private sector.But the country is behind on leadership and consequently on urgency. Kiwis do not see opportunity, only risk and threat from climate action. Aotearoa elects leaders or

Global food supply chain supply risks increasing


Washington DC - As the conflict in Ukraine continues to escalate, the impacts on sustainable development become more pronounced and the vulnerabilities in global food supply chains increase. Almost half of the world’s calorie intake is derived from essential crops, such as maize, rice and wheat. According to World Bank analysis,

NZ beer industry has turned on its head – report


Tāmaki Makaurau - New Zealand’s beer industry has completely changed over the past 65 years. In the early 1900s, New Zealand’s beer industry was relatively straightforward, you either drank ales, ports, or stouts supplied by one of two breweries. Fast forward to 2022 and the beer industry is booming, economic researcher

Office designs improving since covid


Te Whanganui-a-Tara - Companies are revolutionising the way their offices are designed to tempt staff back into the office after the covid pandemic. Managers around the world are looking at how new technologies can make offices greener by using power more efficiently. New build office development activity is ramping up in

Are Kiwis happier in 2022?


Te Whanganui-a-Tara - The latest data from shows New Zealanders’ overall mental wellbeing has declined since 2018, Stats NZ says. Most New Zealanders remained satisfied with their lives as a whole in 2021, with a mean overall life satisfaction rating of 7.7 out of 10, the same as in 2018. However, the