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Te Waka Business Sentiment Survey

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Waikato Sentiment Survey Results
September 2020

The survey of 589 Waikato business owners and managers has found that while overall economic sentiment is pessimistic, Waikato businesses are more optimistic about Waikato and sector performance than they are about the New Zealand economy as a whole.

This optimism is demonstrated by businesses signalling they are actively recruiting new staff, despite an environment of skill shortages and overall sales sitting below 2019 levels.  Businesses’ lack of planning for future scenarios, however, is of concern. 

Download the survey results for Waikato below

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Te Waka Economic Radar 15 April 2020

As the lockdown continues, Te Waka, with the support of Waikato Regional Council Economist Blair Keenan, has been collating data to gauge what is happening in the Waikato economy.

From this week, Te Waka will begin publishing a range of indicators from a variety of sources to track our region’s progress.

It will be no surprise that many of the charts paint a painful picture. Consumer spending in the region has crashed, with only supermarkets, pharmacies and fuel sales allowed to continue to operate, albeit with new physical distancing requirements. Movement around the region – both by air and by road – has also slumped. One brighter spot for the region is agriculture. Most of our dairy and meat produce is exported, and provisional data for New Zealand to the end of March shows that both of these have held up well – even increasing in terms of value compared with the previous year. Forestry exports, on the other hand, are well down on a year ago, although total exports remain strong. A decline in the New Zealand dollar against the key US and Chinese currencies since the beginning of the year should help on this front too.

Download the full report here.

Te Waka Economic Radar 15 April 2020

As the lockdown continues, Te Waka, with the support of Waikato Regional Council Economist Blair Keenan, has been collating data to gauge what is happening in the Waikato economy.

From this week, Te Waka will begin publishing a range of indicators from a variety of sources to track our region’s progress.

It will be no surprise that many of the charts paint a painful picture. Consumer spending in the region has crashed, with only supermarkets, pharmacies and fuel sales allowed to continue to operate, albeit with new physical distancing requirements. Movement around the region – both by air and by road – has also slumped. One brighter spot for the region is agriculture. Most of our dairy and meat produce is exported, and provisional data for New Zealand to the end of March shows that both of these have held up well – even increasing in terms of value compared with the previous year. Forestry exports, on the other hand, are well down on a year ago, although total exports remain strong. A decline in the New Zealand dollar against the key US and Chinese currencies since the beginning of the year should help on this front too.

Download the full report here.

The next Waikato Business Sentiment Survey will take place in February 2021, please sign up to our database to ensure you can provide your feedback.

Here at Te Waka, we are wanting to understand the sentiment of Waikato businesses in the current environment.


 We want to understand the sentiment of Waikato businesses in the current environment. This will help us to develop support programmes and services that our business community may require to survive, revive and grow.
 
To do this, we would love it if you could take part and provide your valuable business insights.
 
Your responses are confidential and the results of this survey will only be used at a grouped level.
 
Please note that we are collaborating with our other Waikato partnership agencies to reach as many Waikato businesses as possible so you may receive an invite to join this survey more than once.