Economic Development Update November 2015

Business Whanganui Newsletter

November, 2015

Dear Reader

Welcome to the November edition this is the last for the year  Whanganui and Partners wish you and your family a safe and wonderful festive season. A reminder please use the highlighted red areas to navigate to different sections of the newsletter and use the links  ” (Top)” to get back to the top of this newsletter.

Treasury reports steady business growth nationally which is underpinned by population growth and low inflation but growth is still expected to be below budget expectations.

Our trafficlight system gives a snapshot of the current economy. In November the trend still remains stable with indications of growth still the dominant factor this will hopefully translate into a bumper holiday period for all.

Continued improvement in house sales volumes as well sales of new vehicles  trending upward and growth  recorded in October, buildingconsents  have remained steady. Electronic Card sales were buoyant showing a positive trend very similar to September. The number of bed nights continues to underpin the positive tourism results which have recorded the second best growth for New Zealand over the same month in 2014. And year on year a very impressive 22% improvement recorded.

We support the Whanganui Chamber of Commerce and urge you to join the Chamber if you have not yet done so. You will soon find out that the cost of joining is neutralised by all of the benefits you receive over the year. A strong Chamber means a strong voice for business in itself a good reason to join. Please contact them at if you would like to become a member, the past year has been great with many functions and opportunities to network – congratulations on the great events Raewyn and team.

Free seminars on offer by the IRD are a great way to understand IRD business obligations if you know anyone who would benefit from these please pass this on as there is plenty of room for more to attend.

We are inviting tenders from suitably experienced contractors for the cleaning of the main council building, 179 St Hill St and various Library premises.

If you are interested in more detail or would like a copy of this newsletter as a PDF file or any suggestions/additions please let me know. Please remember to join  us on our Whanganui and Partners Facebook page to keep up with what is happening on a regular basis we like to be liked as well!

Chris Heywood

Source WDC Jan 15

New Zealand Economy

  • Expectations of steady business activity and higher dairy prices point to the near-term growth outlook stabilising, but still weaker than in the Budget Update.
  • Inflation remains low despite some support from higher tradables inflation as a result of the fall in the New Zealand dollar.
  • Strong population growth continues to boost housing demand, with some spill-over beyond Auckland.
  • A weaker outlook for global growth, particularly for emerging economies, continues to present a risk to the New Zealand economy.

Economic data released in October point to a stabilisation in the outlook, with growth in the second half of 2015 expected to return to around trend, but still weaker than forecast in the Budget Update. As indicated in the September Monthly Economic Indicators, given low growth in the first half of the year, growth of around 0.6% a quarter in the second half of 2015 means that growth in the December quarter 2015 from a year ago may fall below 2%, lower than the Budget Update forecast of 3.0%.
Read the full report here….

source: Treasury
NZ House sales (Top)

Auckland Pauses, Regional Markets Strengthen

• 7,838 dwellings sold in New Zealand in October 2015, up 18.6% on October 2014 and down 4.1% on last month (September)
• National median price of $460,000, up $30,000 (+7.0%) on October 2014 and down 5.1% on last month (September)
• A new record national median price excluding Auckland of $370,000, (+8.4%) compared to October 2014 and up 1.4% on last month (September)
• New record median prices also for Northland, Manawatu/Wanganui, Wellington and Nelson/Marlborough
• A rise of $107,750 (+16.8%) in Auckland’s median price from October 2014 to October 2015 ( $640,500 to $748,250), and a fall of $22,500 (-3.0%) compared to last month (September)
• A 57% rise nationwide in the number of sales over $1 million between October 2014 and October 2015 — from 511 to 804
• 22,000 dwellings sold by auction in the 12 months to October 2015, an increase of 47% in the number sold by auction in the 12 months to October 2014.

REINZ,  announced today that nationwide there were 7,838 dwelling sales during October 2015, up 18.6% on October 2014 and down 4.1% compared to the previous month, September. Excluding Auckland, the number of sales increased 27.5% compared to October 2014, and rose 5.5% on the previous month, September.
Read the Full report here…

source REINZ

NZ Retail Card Spend (Top)

Retail card sales for New Zealand have shown improved growth yet again for the same period last year the only exceptions being apparel and appliances. Fuel sales still recorded a negative growth which should be seen as a positive trend as petrol prices have plummeted to their lowest levels in a long time.
Top Categories were takeaways, food retailing and bars cafes and restaurants.

Source Marketview

NZ New Vehicle Sales (Top)
New Vehicle sales in New Zealand have continued to grow and in recent months the 12 month moving average growth has increased at from 0.5% back up to 0.8%. In October 2014 a total of 8 190 new cars were sold and in October 2015 the figure was 9 654.The new car market has remained strong for the month.

Source MIA 

Local Economy

Based on all of the local indicators we monitor we are still seeing positive signs for most of these in the Whanganui economy which should be good for trade over the festive season.

Whanganui and Region House sales (Top)

Sales volumes rose 19% compared to October 2014, with sales rising 38% in Manawatu Country, 32% in Palmerston North and 25% in Levin. Compared to September sales volumes increased 2%, with sales rising 48% in Manawatu Country, 4% in Palmerston North and 2% in Whanganui, but falling across the rest of the region. The median price across the region rose $13,500 (+6%) compared to October 2014 to reach a new record high. Prices rose 5% in Levin and Whanganui, but fell across the rest of the region. Compared to September the median price rose $10,000 (+4%), with prices rising 4% in Wanganui, but falling across the rest of the region.

The number of days to sell improved by seven days compared to September, from 38 days in September to 31 days in October. Compared to October 2014 the number of days to sell improved by 11 days. Over the past 10 years the median number of days to sell across the Manawatu/Whanganui region in October has averaged 42 days. It was noted that noted that, “First home buyers are very active at the lower end of the market, with a noticeable ‘trading up’ trend emerging across the region. The increase in demand and lack of listings at the lower end of the market is creating problems for buyers and a sellers market is emerging.”

Graph Commentary The median price trend is now easing, with the volume trend continuing to rise. The days to sell trend is now also rising. The overall trend for the region is now improving.


Whanganui Card Spend(Top)
The retail card spend in Whanganui was once again positive. The top 3 categories are once again the same as the previous month. Wanganui was the 2nd top performing region yet again second only to Ruapehu which comes off a low base.
Overall the electronic card data is still positive.
Top 3 sectors were
  1. Bars cafes and restaurants
  2. Hardware and Homeware
  3. Takeaways

The bottom three sectors were

  1. Fuel (Lower pump prices- which in efect is a positive)
  2. Apparel (flat and affected by changed market dynamics)
  3. Furniture and Flooring (off a low base)
Card spend comparison by region monthly growth over previous year 

Source Market View
Card spend comparison by region month growth over previous year

The results for TLA’s across the region were mixed this month, with strongest Ruapehu again at 7.3% increase ahead of Whanganui which recorded a growth of 2.9% and Palmerston North at 2.0% increase. Tararua District declined at -0.6%.  Wanganui once again  increased at a higher rate than the National growth  of 2.4%.
Source Market View

Whanganui New Vehicle Sales (Top)
October was a good month for new car sales with 70 new vehicles sold against 42 in the same month of the previous year the effect has been very positive resulting in a 4 % increase on the 12 month moving average which once again has turned upwards. New vehicle sales have proven very unpredictable but on the long term positive growth has outweighed the negative spikes.

Source MIA

Building Consents – Whanganui (Top)

In October there were 51 Building Consent applications . Based on a 12 month moving average we have yet again seen slight improvement.

Source Wanganui District Council

Tourism (Top)

Source-Stats NZ
A great result for our visitor industry yet again with Whanganui recording the highest growth in North Island visitor nights for September again the same month last year at 13.8 % Whanganuii recoarded the second highest growth in New Zealand.


Introduction to Business Seminars
GST Workshops

The IRD will be presenting a number of seminars about Starting a business as well as GST workshops , if you know somone who is starting a business or you would like a refresher then this is well worth attending.
These seminars are free of charge you just need to book your place.

Introduction to business seminars

  • Working smarter with the IRD online services
  • business structures
  • income tax
  • expenses you can claim
  • good bookkeeping tips
  • GST and more
  • 16 February 2016
  • 17 May 2016
  • 16 August 2016
  • 15 November 2016
GST Workshops
  • what is GST
  • GST registration
  • record keeping – cash book
  • basic adjustments
  • GST Filing
  • IRD online service
  • using IRD’s interactive Tool for business
  • 15 March 2016
  • 21 June 2016
  • 20 September 2016
  • 29 November 2016
Where all workshops and seminars are held at :
CLAW Whanganui
76 Guyton Street

Booking is essential as there are limited spaces.

ph 0800 377 774
For further information visit their web site

Tender Notifications(Top)

Request for Tender

Contracts: 1668 and 1669 Wanganui District Council Cleaning Contracts
We are inviting tenders from suitably experienced contractors for the cleaning of the main council building, 179 St Hill St and various Library premises.
The scope of work includes but is not restricted to;
• Cleaning of premises on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
• Spot cleaning.
• Reporting.
The tender documents are available online from Local Government Tenders ref: LGOL-705019
Hard copies of the tender documents are also available from the Wanganui District Council Municipal Office, Front Desk, 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui.
Enquiries regarding any aspect of the contract documents should be submitted in writing (e-mail is acceptable) to Wanganui District Council, marked for the attention of the Project Manager, Bruce Falk, at no later than five days before the tender closing date.
Tenders must be lodged in a sealed envelope and identified as a tender for this particular contract.

Tenders must be placed in the Tenders Box at 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui no later than 4.00pm Monday, 7th December 2015.
For any further assistance, please contact the Tenders and Contracts Secretary, Lana Treen, at or on 06) 349 3105.

For any further assistance, please contact the Tenders and Contracts Secretary, Lana Treen, at or on 06 349 3105.