Watch: Jacinda Ardern says 'with change comes uncertainty', as business confidence falls

Jacinda Ardern has stated that "with change comes uncertainty", as business confidence falls in New Zealand.

Speaking at her first post-Cabinet address since returning from maternity leave today, the Prime Minister was asked about the view from Treasury that lowered business confidence will begin to have an effect on the Government's growth projections.

"What is of course always more important is what's happening in real terms, that is why I will push back and come back to the fact that when you look at New Zealand's position relative to some of our counterparts, we are performing well.

"We have strong economic growth, we have delivered a surplus and have relatively low debt and unemployment. Those are the things that make a huge difference to the environment which our businesses perform in," Ms Ardern answered.

The Prime Minister then referenced Sir John Key as she continued on the subject.

"What I will acknowledge is John Key has in the past pointed out that we have an over reliance on housing speculation and on immigration as a form of stimulus for our economy that is not sustainable.

"Business has asked this Government to make sure that we look at things like the skills gap, that we address issues around productivity.

"We are doing that, it means that change is being delivered and we're modernising our economy, but with change comes uncertainty," she said.

Minister for Infrastructure Shane Jones say the industry "believe that when the Crown is involved there needs to be a re-collaboration of who bears the risk".

Yesterday, NZ First MP Shane Jones talked to TVNZ1's Q+A programme about business confidence in New Zealand.

"Dealing with this business of confidence in the business community is a bit like a game of whack-a-mole," Mr Jones said. "You strike it here, and it pops up over here." 

The Prime Minister believes New Zealand is well placed among its global counterparts in terms of the economy. Source: 1 NEWS

Donald Trump's man in Wellington says up to 40 per cent of Kiwis tell him 'I love your guy'

Many New Zealanders are not critical of the US President's erratic tweeting, says US Ambassador Scott Brown, and instead, more Kiwis tell him they are fond of Donald Trump. 

On TVNZ1's Q+A last night, Mr Brown was questioned by host Corin Dann about Mr Trump's "out there" tweeting behaviour. 

"Do you find yourself going round the country having to defend Donald Trump?" Mr Dann asked.

"One night, he might be having a crack at the Iranian president. The next day, he's calling for the end to a special investigation against him... Even Winston Peters himself said he couldn't be sure that Donald Trump was making the tweets and didn't want his officials monitoring the Twitter feed."

"Are are you having to find that New Zealanders are criticising you about it?"

But it turns out the New Zealand public are warmer towards the US President, or at least they are when speaking to the US Ambassador. 

"First of all, we love it," Mr Brown said.

He said he had an "informal poll" of the reaction of New Zealanders to Mr Trump. About 35 to 40 per cent generally were of the sentiment of 'I love your guy, shh, don't say anything', Mr Brown said. 

"Then the other maybe 25 per cent, they say, 'I love what he's doing. I just don’t like how he's doing it'."

"And then the other group say, 'Hey, I hate you; I hate him'."

Mr Brown said he tells those people to forget about the tweets and the personality and to look at the progress Mr Trump had with North Korea. 

Mr Dann said it would be difficult for migrants and minorities to forget about some of the tweets.

"Certainly there are ethnic groups in America who feel they are under siege from the Trump administration. They can't forget about the tweets," Mr Dann said. 

“Even Winston Peters himself said he couldn't be sure that Donald Trump was making the tweets,” host Corin Dann said. Source: Q+A


'They were following me with their eyes' - woman tries to fight off South Auckland cows with 'wild karate', man who came to her aid has skin ripped off

A jogger and a man who went to her aid were attacked by a herd of cows in a South Auckland park last night, leaving the man in hospital with leg injuries and the woman jogger with bruises.

Aimee Wedgwood has told the NZ Herald she was running on a track in Totara Park, Manukau, and noticed the cows were acting strangely in an ungated paddock that allowed cyclists and runners through via a cattle stop.

"They were following me with their eyes. I was actually on my third loop of the park, I'd passed them two times before," she said.

She said as she backed off she may have startled the cows.

The cows encircled her and she held them off briefly with some "wild karate" but two of them charged at her and rammed her over.

A man came went to her aid with a stick to fend off the cows but he was knocked to the ground and trampled by four cows.

Witness Mike Small told the Herald the man saved the woman before the cows turned on him.

The man had skin ripped off his hamstring and shin, Mr Small said.

The man is reported to be in a stable condition in Middlemore Hospital, while Ms Wedgwod said she's grateful to have escaped with a few bruises.

The land is owned by the council and leased by a council-controlled organisation and agency for urban regeneration.

Manurewa Local Board chairwoman Andrea Dalton said the board had already been discussing fencing off all of the tracks from livestock to stop cows trampling and destroying them and, "future plans will focus on that".

For Lynda Burgess the Government's action plan has come as very sad news.
Source: 1 NEWS