Te Waka Business Sentiment Survey - February 2021
During the COVID-19 lockdown period, Te Waka, Waikato’s Regional Economic Development Agency partnered with a number of organisations to understand the sentiment of Waikato businesses assessing confidence and future plans. The aim to complete a six-monthly survey tracking the Waikato’s progress to develop support programmes and services that our business community can utilise to thrive and grow.
The latest online survey of 565 Waikato business owners and managers has revealed they are more optimistic about the regional economy now than they were six months ago, but remain less confident about the country’s economic performance as a whole.
Respondents also indicated that while there had been concerns about the effects of border closures on the ability to access suitable labour, nearly half surveyed said the shortage of skilled New Zealand residents was a problem compared to only four per cent who believed a lack of skilled immigrants was the issue.
Survey results - Districts
Te Waka Economic Radar April 2021
As we finish up the first quarter of 2021, the latest statistics on the Waikato and New Zealand economy continue to provide a stronger picture than many would have predicted during the lockdown period of COVID-19.
Te Waka Economic Radar 2 October 2020
As we reach the close of the third quarter of 2020, the latest statistics on the New Zealand economy give us a picture of the depth of the recession in the first half of the year.
Reflections on the National Accounts, by Blair Keenan, Te Waka Economic Advisor
The size of the Covid-shock to the Aotearoa-New Zealand economy became a little clearer today, with the release of the national accounts for the June 2020 quarter. This showed gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 12.2 percent (seasonally adjusted) from the March 2020 quarter, and was 12.4 percent lower than the June 2019 quarter. This is by far the largest quarterly fall recorded in this country, and reflects the lockdown under Alert level 4 which began at the end of March.
Waikato business survey reports mixed signals
A survey of 589 Waikato business owners and managers has found that while overall economic sentiment is pessimistic, the region’s businesses are more optimistic than their counterparts across New Zealand.
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.