At the start of June, KangaNews and Westpac brought together New Zealand’s biggest government-sector issuers in Wellington to discuss the path of their market from the depths of the crisis back to functionality, the new challenges of 2021 and the outlook for a raft of factors – including sustainable-finance evolution, inflation-linked issuance and the long-dated market.
Key data and information on 15 high-grade lenders active in Australia and New Zealand, including programme information, funding strategy, debt data and issuer insights.
New Zealand’s government-sector issuers experienced market upheaval as severe as their neighbours in Australia during the height of the COVID-19 crisis in March and April. Intervention from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) and an enviable pace of economic reopening have improved the outlook, but issuers at a KangaNews-Westpac roundtable in June say plenty of challenges remain to be faced.
An expanded pool of eligible green-bond projects, including many long-dated assets, and New Zealand’s interest-rate environment provided the catalyst for Auckland Council to print a 30-year green-bond deal. The issuer says the tenor is an important development and the success of its transaction should encourage others to test the water at extended duration.
HIGH-GRADE ISSUERS YEARBOOK 2021
The ultimate guide to Australian and New Zealand government-sector borrowers.