Dene Mackenzie

Newest Act MP faces glare of media scrutiny

Newest Act MP faces glare of media scrutiny

New Act New Zealand list MP Hilary Calvert, from Dunedin, met party leader Rodney Hide in Auckland yesterday facing up to a barrage of questions about her past.

Retailers still feeling pinch

Two of New Zealand's prominent retailers, Kathmandu Holdings and Postie Plus, are blaming the tough economic environment for tighter margins.

New chief reshaping technology provider

New chief reshaping technology provider

Renaissance Corporation is taking its name, which means revival or rebirth, seriously. It earlier this year appointed a new chief executive, Richard Webb, to lead the group in its quest to become a world leading supplier of information technology services. Business editor Dene Mackenzie investigates.

Bank did 'most damaging thing'

The Reserve Bank's actions in tightening monetary policy at the worst possible time had damaged the country's growth prospects, Myles Wealth Management principal Craig Myles said yesterday.

Dunedin MPs: Calvert expected to make it six

Dunedin MPs: Calvert expected to make it six

Earlier training as a "couple counsellor" could prove helpful for Dunedin's Hilary Calvert when she finally enters Parliament as an Act New Zealand MP.

Pricing intentions emerge leading up to GST rise

The first signs of pricing intentions by retailers preparing for the GST increase next week have started to emerge.

Govt charm offensive on tax changes

Govt charm offensive on tax changes

The Government has launched a charm offensive in the lead-up to the long-awaited October 1 tax changes, including releasing previously confidential Treasury advice on wages.

Earthquake hits balance of payments

Earthquake hits balance of payments

Consequences of the Canterbury earthquake are expected to substantially affect New Zealand's balance of payments in coming quarters.

Labour members to choose candidate

Labour members to choose candidate

Labour Party members in the Dunedin North electorate have a rare chance on Saturday to select a new candidate to represent them at the general election next year.

'Cheap treat' KFC revenue up

'Cheap treat' KFC revenue up

Consumers still appear to be turning to KFC and other takeaways as a family treat rather than dining out in a restaurant as the economy continues to struggle out of the recession.