New Zealand’s Ardern launches election campaign with promises of jobs, financing

first_imgIf the prime minister’s high ratings are mirrored in the election results, Labor would govern on its own, without needing a coalition.The government’s early and hard coronavirus curbs that paralyzed economic activity have put the country in a technical recession for the first time in a decade.“There wasn’t a playbook for COVID,” Ardern said at the Labor Party congress. “There wasn’t a playbook for the recovery.”She said a loan scheme for small businesses, which allows for no interest loans if paid back within a year and which was to end this month, will be extended until the year-end, and more environmental and infrastructure jobs will be created under a previously announced plan.Small and medium-sized enterprises generate about a third of New Zealand’s gross domestic product.“I can’t think of a time in our recent history when we have been collectively challenged by such a cruel combination of events – a terrorist attack, a volcanic eruption, a global pandemic and now its ensuing financial crisis,” Ardern said.Her leadership, widely seen as compassionate and steely, after last year’s killing of 51 Muslim worshippers in the country’s worst mass shooting, and after the December eruption of a volcano that killed 21, has brought Ardern worldwide admiration.Topics : With promises of extra financing for small businesses and more jobs as a severe economic downturn looms, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Sunday launched her party’s campaign ahead of September general election.Ardern’s rise to become New Zealand’s most popular prime minister in a century, buoyed by her response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has left the country largely unscathed, has boosted her prospects in the Sept. 19 election.Ardern’s Labor Party, governing in a coalition with the Greens and the nationalist New Zealand First party, will face the National Party in what is expected to be a pandemic-dominated campaign.last_img read more

Renovated five-bedroom Mount Ommaney home hits the market

first_img2 Mitchell Crt, Mount OmmaneyMore from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019She said because her husband was a builder, the renovation did not take too long. “The longer we lived in the property, the more we loved the home as it sits on a generous 1549sq m block of land, and there is plenty of space for the whole family,” Mrs Goulmy said.“We love the privacy that the home offers at the end of a private cul-de-sac. The modernisation has been completed, retaining the home’s seventies charm and character with all new modern fittings and finishes. “The original brick fireplace in the lounge room is a perfect spot to curl up with a book during the colder months.” 2 Mitchell Crt, Mount OmmaneyVanessa and Stephen Goulmy bought their five-bedroom home, at 2 Mitchell Court, Mount Ommaney, last year and renovated the property from its original condition. Mrs Goulmy said the quality of construction as a Griffin and Knowlman home, built in 1972, was appealing to them as a perfect home to improve on. “The elevation, city glimpses and the lovely established gardens were all stand-out features for us when we were looking to buy,” Mrs Goulmy said. 2 Mitchell Crt, Mount OmmaneyThe couple redesigned the living and dining areas to be open and accommodating, using timber and brick accents to perfectly complement the architect-designed kitchen with Tasmanian oak cabinetry and Caesarstone benchtops. Upstairs is a parents’ retreat with city views, a large walk -in wardrobe and ensuite. The rest of the home consists of four other bedrooms – all with built-in wardrobes plus one ensuited room. Mrs Goulmy said the entire house was full of natural light thanks to the large windows and the elevated position. Reuben Packer-Hill, from McGrath Estate Agents Paddington, is selling the property with a price guide of $975,000-$1,050,000.last_img read more