Dene Mackenzie

Greens say poverty report misleading

Greens say poverty report misleading

A report out yesterday gave a misleading impression of inequality and poverty in New Zealand, Green co-leader Metiria Turei said.

Skilled worker demand grows

Skilled vacancies are reaching highs in Otago-Southland and the region is one of seven, out of 10 in New Zealand, showing a shortage of skilled workers.

Young on benefits targeted

Young on benefits targeted

The National Party has released some ambitious targets for the reduction of benefit numbers, including offering incentive payments for beneficiaries to stay in work for a set period of time.

F&P Healthcare benefiting from decline in NZ dollar

F&P Healthcare benefiting from decline in NZ dollar

Fisher and Paykel Healthcare is one of the first companies to start feeling the benefits of a falling New Zealand dollar, with Craigs Investment Partners reiterating its buy recommendation on the company.

UK finance, energy sectors bracing

UK finance, energy sectors bracing

The Scottish Independence Referendum deciding whether to maintain a 300-year status quo or change to independence will be held on September 18. It has been relatively overlooked until recently when the polls started to show a yes vote was a possibility. Business editor Dene Mackenzie looks at some implications.

National refuses to extend leaders TV debate

National refuses to extend leaders TV debate

National Party campaign manager Steven Joyce says there is no chance the Television New Zealand leaders debate tonight will be extended.

Key visit unrelated to spy issue: Joyce

Key visit unrelated to spy issue: Joyce

The visit to Dunedin yesterday by Prime Minister John Key was coincidental to claims on Monday night New Zealand's spy agency was conducting mass surveillance on citizens, the National Party says.

National pushes business plan

National pushes business plan

National was pushing its business growth agenda yesterday but businesses could be excused for looking at the latest flurry of press releases with some scepticism.

Candidates' last chance to critique economy

Candidates' last chance to critique economy

Politicians will get their final chance to critique the economy on Thursday with the release of economic growth figures, although they may use tonight's GlobalDairyTrade auction to start the debate.

Workplace policy on distracted day

Trade unions were quickly into attack mode following the release yesterday of National's workplaces policy.