The JNL factory in Kaitaia. Photo: Liz Garton

Welcome to Newsroom’s business podcast, where this week we look at the future of Kaitaia and its mill, as an example of the zombie town problem in our provinces.

We also cover an example of New Zealand exporting success on China’s “Singles Day”, examine the Government’s efforts to deal with the growth of the gig economy and look at Vector’s future after the exit of polarising chairman Michael Stiassny.

Two Cents’ Worth has been launched by Newsroom in a co-production with RNZ. It is the country’s first weekly business podcast and will be broadcast just after the midday news on Sundays on RNZ National, will be available on both RNZ and Newsroom’s websites – and we plan to make it available on iTunes from later today.

Each week we will examine one issue in depth and then convene a panel discussion.

Two Cents’ Worth – the business week and the business outlook. Previous episodes are below.

Episode 1: Sunday November 4. The rise of double cab utes, the TAB’s big profit and a threat to small electricity retailers.

Episode 2: Sunday November 11. Why your first job is crucial, why interest rates are so low and why wholesale power prices are so high

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