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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

14 Dec 2017

New Zealand government unveils plans to boost spending, sees slightly lower budget surplus

WELLINGTON New Zealand's new Labour-led government said it expects a reduced budget surplus next year as increased spending on families and housing is only partly offset by scrapping tax cuts proposed by the previous administration.

12 Dec 2017

Markets relieved that 'well known' Orr will head NZ central bank

WELLINGTON New Zealand's appointment of national pension fund chief Adrian Orr as the next central bank governor was welcomed by investors who had feared that a dual mandate under the new Labour-led government could have led to more unorthodox monetary policy.

01 Dec 2017

Fonterra to pay Danone lower than expected $125 million over contamination scare

WELLINGTON New Zealand dairy firm Fonterra has been ordered to pay French company Danone SA 105 million euros (£92.4 million) over a contamination scare, a smaller than expected sum, though it prompted Fonterra to cut its earnings forecast.

16 Nov 2017

New Zealand finance minister says new RBNZ governor must take on dual mandate

WELLINGTON New Zealand's finance minister said on Friday the country's next central bank governor must be willing to adopt his government's plan to include employment in the bank's mandate, and he was willing to reject any candidate who was not the "right person".

09 Nov 2017

NZ central bank looks ahead to faster inflation, earlier hike

WELLINGTON Fiscal stimulus from a new Labour-led government and a weaker currency would lead to faster inflation and probably an earlier rise in interest rates, New Zealand's central bank said on Thursday - sending the local dollar sharply higher.

07 Nov 2017

New Zealand PM says no immediate cut to immigration

WELLINGTON New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, elected on a protectionist platform which included cutting immigration to ease a housing crisis, said on Tuesday her Labour government would not immediately slash migrant numbers.

07 Nov 2017

New Zealand PM Ardern says not concerned by fall in NZ dollar

WELLINGTON New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday she was "not at all" concerned by a recent fall in the New Zealand dollar.

03 Nov 2017

New Zealand government may fast-track RBNZ reforms ahead of law changes

WELLINGTON New Zealand's Labour-led government could make changes to the central bank as early as March by appointing a reforming governor and making a prompt shift to policy settings, a former bank official and economists say.

25 Oct 2017

New Zealand protectionist Winston Peters appointed deputy PM, foreign minister

WELLINGTON Veteran protectionist politician Winston Peters was appointed New Zealand's new deputy prime minister and foreign minister on Wednesday, saying he would seek a greater voice in international affairs, including North Korea.

24 Oct 2017

Incoming New Zealand government to review central bank objectives

WELLINGTON New Zealand's new government plans to review and reform the Central Bank Act to possibly include employment, alongside inflation, as a dual target, Labour Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday.

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