Dene Mackenzie

PMI rebounds in August

MANUFACTURING activity bounced back in August with the strongest level of activity since March, according to the BNZ-BusinessNZ performance in manufacturing index.

Thousands not yet enrolled

Thousands not yet enrolled

Thousands of potential voters in Dunedin are missing and registrar of electors Dee Vickers is concerned they will not have their chance to vote next Saturday if they do not enrol promptly.

Last Dunedin Sth meeting hardly a game-changer

Last Dunedin Sth meeting hardly a game-changer

The political candidates in Dunedin South could finally breathe a sigh of relief last night as the last candidates' evening in the electorate ground to a close.

Interest rates expected to remain stable

Interest rates expected to remain stable

Official interest rates are likely to stay as they are for nine months to a year, with a chance the Reserve Bank may eventually choose not to lift its official cash rate from the current rate of 3.5%.

Parties jockey to press their point

Parties jockey to press their point

Poverty and inequality are two different issues for New Zealanders but during the election campaign, the issues have been blurred. Political editor Dene Mackenzie reports on how political parties are addressing the issues.

Robertson sees future for Dunedin

Robertson sees future for Dunedin

The wind was cold, the street was near empty but there was no dampening the spirits of Labour MP Grant Robertson as he campaigned in Dunedin South late yesterday afternoon.

Watch out for Apple's newest

Plenty of Apple users and media were left swooning yesterday after company chief executive Tim Cook unveiled a watch, two larger iPhones and a mobile payment service.

Peters sets rules for co-operation

Peters sets rules for co-operation

Zealand First leader Winston Peters continues to rule out anointing parties he is prepared to go with in any post-election deals but he has not stopped laying out some ground rules.

KiwiSaver fee-saving idea criticised

KiwiSaver fee-saving idea criticised

Public option for KiwiSaver to reduce fees would not save KiwiSavers tens of thousands of dollars as claimed by the Green Party, Dunedin-based financial consultant Peter Smith says.

Labour to crack down on loan sharks

Labour to crack down on  loan sharks

Labour wants to crack down on predatory loan sharks and would use the Reserve Bank to set the maximum annual interest rate to be charged under a consumer credit contract.