Simon Hartley

Dunedin company changes lives

Dunedin company changes lives

A little-known Dunedin medical company celebrated the 50th anniversary of the invention of the Molteno glaucoma drainage implant this month, an implant which has changed thousands of lives worldwide since the mid-1960s. ODT former health reporter and now senior business reporter Simon Hartley profiles the family company Molteno Ophthalmic Ltd.

Reserve Bank presages cut

Reserve Bank presages cut

The country's official cash rate (OCR) could well be below 2% by the end of the year, as the Reserve Bank has reaffirmed meeting its inflation target range of 1%-3% is its primary focus.

'Red boat' refit nearly done

'Red boat' refit nearly done

One  of Southern Discoveries' "red boats'', the Spirit of Milford, is preparing to leave Dunedin after more than 10 weeks in the upper harbour for its annual survey and some refurbishment.

Wharf extension just one Port Otago plan

Wharf extension just one Port Otago plan

Port Otago is going to put out tenders shortly in preparation for a $15 million 140m wharf extension at Port Chalmers, to better accommodate vessels over 280m in length.

Reserve Bank gets tougher

Reserve Bank gets tougher

The Reserve Bank has fired more shots across the bows of housing sector investors, applying a new requirement of fronting up with a 40% deposit countrywide.

Replacement tanker to call

Replacement tanker to call

The first of two new oil tankers begins service this month in the North Island, to deliver refined petroleum around the country and its maiden visit to Dunedin is pencilled in for early next month.

Labour, Greens support

Labour and the Green Party support the Reserve Bank's decision to further restrict loans to housing speculators and investors, claiming the National-led Government has failed to crack down sufficiently on speculators.

Improved vintage augurs well

Improved vintage augurs well

A near 35% increase in the countrywide 2016 grape harvest could buoy the wine industry's exports to the tune of $1.7 billion by the end of next year.

Business school's next dean

Business school's next dean

The University of Otago has appointed social scientist Prof Robin Gauld as the next dean of its Otago Business School.

Smelter workers in sight of multimillion-dollar payout

Smelter workers in sight of multimillion-dollar payout

A consultation period is under way for a payout estimated at $20 million or more to hundreds of workers at Bluff's Tiwai Point aluminium smelter.