Dene Mackenzie

Businesses taking longer over debts

 Businesses taking longer over debts

Some New Zealand businesses are in for a tough year as their customers delay payment and cash flows dry up, New Zealand Credit and Finance Institute president David Young says.

Air NZ alliance wins Moody's approval

The Air New Zealand shareholding and alliance with Virgin Blue has received the tick of approval from brokers and Moody's Investors Service, with brokers picking more good news to follow.

Caution urged over latest service sector figures

The Otago-Southland services industry appeared to have had a major bounce in activity last month, but caution is being advised against reading too much into the latest figures.

Kits facilitate cybercrime

Kits facilitate cybercrime

The increasing availability of malicious attack tool kits is dominating the internet threat landscape, Symantec Asia-Pacific and Japan senior manager Peter Sparkes says.

Call to stop US internet liability move

Mackline is usually wary of any extreme views - right or left - regarding the internet, its use and possible censorship.

Super issue: concern over inequalities

Super issue: concern over inequalities

Superannuation is guaranteed to be an election issue this year, with Labour pledging to force the Government to confront what it sees as an unaffordable burden on taxpayers and savings specialists calling for changes to KiwiSaver.

Benefits from Air NZ's stake in Virgin

A shareholding in Virgin Blue gave Air New Zealand access to a much larger population in a way that did not require a large capital outlay, New Zealand Funds Management chief investment officer Michael Lang said yesterday.

Cocker, you are so beautiful still

Cocker, you are so beautiful still

Cocker Happy? Yes, they were. There cannot be anyone who does raw emotion like the lad from Sheffield - Joe Cocker.

Opinion: In plain English, minister, cost-of-living bill's bigger

Opinion: In plain English, minister, cost-of-living bill's bigger

Finance Minister Bill English has seriously underestimated the general intelligence of voters by trying to overspin a positive message coming from the spike in inflation in the three months ended December.

Fall in sales as dairy prices strengthen

Fall in sales as dairy prices strengthen

World dairy prices have again strengthened and United States whey prices are at their highest level in about a year, the ASB commodity index shows.