Economic growth is expected to have been solid but not spectacular in the past quarter. Official data is due on Thursday for the three months ended June, and after two decidedly underwhelming quarters at the end of last year and the start of this year, something of a bounce back is expected. Market expectations are for the gross domestic product to have risen by about 0.7 percent for the quarter, with an annual rate of 2.5 percent. That's just below the Reserve Bank's forecasts.
Commodity prices have nudged lower, because of weaker meat prices and dairy flattening off. Dairy prices were fractionally lower, within that skim-milk powder slipped 5.2 percent because of larger stockpiles in Europe. ANZ rural economist Con Williams said it was a mixed bag. "It was another mixed picture in August, with forestry prices increasing, meat prices falling, and dairy prices going sideways," he said.
New Zealand video game developers have pitched an ambitious target of $1 billion revenue within the next decade. An independent survey has found in the year ending March, the industry made just shy of $100 million - most of that from overseas. That was up 12 percent on the previous year's $89m. Game Developers' Association board member Stephen Knightly said it was aiming much higher than that. He said $1b was the goal, with more developers, more investors and more support.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".