[7 June/NZ Herald]

Northland’s summer outperformed the rest of the country, and it climbed to the top of the latest ASB Regional Economic Scorecard. It measures regional performance in terms of growth across 11 measures. ASB Chief Economics, Nick Tuffley, said strong growth across all the measures had been key to Northland’s success. He added Northland added 4.6 percent more jobs over the year. Mr Tuffley noted the good summer weather contributed to consumers in the area spending over summer. The Bay of Plenty also shot up nine places to third on the scorecard. The strong performance of the Bay of Plenty was pulled down by the employment measure with the region struggling to fill vacancies in the kiwifruit sector. The drought in the Central North Island caused Manawatu-Whanganui and Taranaki to be placed at the bottom of the scorecard.