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Mood of the Boardroom

2017 – Mood of the Boardroom


An overwhelming majority of chief executives see Jacinda Ardern’s confirmation as leader of the Labour Party as an election game-changer. There is astrong mood for change among the 118 respondents to the Herald’s Mood of the Boardroom Election Survey. Some 88 per cent see Ardern as the lightning rod which …

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2016 – Mood of the Boardroom

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The growth pressures in Auckland were the clear issue in the 2016 Mood of the Boardroom report – housing and infrastructure were in sore need of addressing and the CEOs wanted to see action in these areas. The Auckland mayoral election of 2016 saw widespread dissatisfaction for the business community, …

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2015 – Mood of the Boardroom

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2015 marked the year that housing emerged as a preeminent issue in the Mood of the Boardroom survey, with mentions of housing on over 10 different pages of the report. Other emerging issues included the slump in dairy prices, the Trans Pacific Partnership, and weak regional economic growth. After a 2014 …

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2014 – Mood of the Boardroom

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Heading into the 2014 election, the choice of New Zealand’s CEOs was clear: 97% were in favour of John Key over David Cunliffe as Prime Minister. Business confidence was high, with a majority expecting profit, capital expenditure, and staff numbers to all grow over the following year. Interestingly, there was …

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2013 – Mood of the Boardroom

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The business community provided an upbeat reception, with rave reviews for Finance Minister Bill English and a widespread sense of renewal following the emergence from the struggles of the Global Financial Crisis and the Christchurch earthquakes. Digital technology featured strongly, and one article in the 2013 report even called for …

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2012 – Mood of the Boardroom

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The 2012 report saw widespread praise for John Key’s “rightward turn” following the 2011 election, with a sense that the Prime Minister was beginning to govern in the interests of the country rather than the polls. Mixed-ownership models and asset sales featured prominently, while the age-old issues of infrastructure deficits …

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2011 – Mood of the Boardroom

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After the tough economic conditions of the Global Financial Crisis, the consensus among the business community was that the John Key-led government had performed well in trying times. This approval was reflected in 98 per cent of respondents supporting Key remaining at the helm after the election that year. The …

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2010 – Mood of the Boardroom

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Emerging from recession, CEOs called for ambitious economic policies, such as cuts to the corporate tax rate, mining of conservation land, and the partial privatisation of state assets. Politically, the Cabinet rated strongly, but the push for fiscal tightening to get the Government’s books under control remained, particularly with respect to …

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2009 – Mood of the Boardroom

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A restless business community responded to the 2009 survey with calls for aggressive policy to increase productivity as the country attempted to pull itself out of recession. New Prime Minister John Key rated favourably, but tensions remained between the business community and government regarding public spending and debt levels. Issues …

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2008 – Mood of the Boardroom

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This report provides a snapshot into the early response of CEOs as the economy fell into recession in 2008, what would come to be known as the Global Financial Crisis. Meanwhile, it was election year and John Key enjoyed some 90% of the business community’s support as preferred Prime Minister – …

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