Dene Mackenzie

Opinion: Govt will have to do better

Opinion: Govt will have to do better

The Government will have to start providing better front people for the election campaign if it wants to make traction with Dunedin's business audiences.

Critics call for fairer way to rebuild natural disaster fund

Government critics are calling for fairer treatment after Finance Minister Bill English yesterday announced a rise in the Earthquake Commission levies from 5c per $100 to 15c per $100 for insured homeowners.

Chamber cancels leaders meetings

Chamber cancels leaders meetings

Lack of membership support has forced the Otago Chamber of Commerce to end its political leaders series.

Business confidence notable by near absence

Business confidence has all but disappeared, barely remaining in positive territory, according to the latest BNZ Confidence Survey.

Economic thermostat up 2degrees

Economic thermostat up 2degrees

There is no doubt that 2degrees has influenced New Zealand's mobile market from its quirky advertisements to its low-rate calling and texting plans. Business editor Dene Mackenzie reviews a report put out by 2degrees on its contribution to the New Zealand economy.

International scammers using emergency pleas

Mackline had the time of his life last week. He recognised early that a familiar scam was under way again and decided to play along through an email account that is protected in a way that only a skilled hacker could contemplate entering.

Weakened Crown accounts expected

Weakened Crown accounts expected

The Crown financial statements out this morning are expected to show a higher deficit and debt position than the May Budget as the costs for the Christchurch earthquakes continue to mount.

George Kerr tries to buy Pyne Gould

Christchurch businessman George Kerr and associated interests yesterday launched an opportunistic bid for 100% of Pyne Gould Corporation at 33c a share.

Focus on simple, durable city plan

Focus on simple, durable city plan

The Otago Chamber of Commerce sent its chief executive John Christie to Portland, Oregon, recently to research economic development tools that could be applied to Dunedin. Business editor Dene Mackenzie talks to Mr Christie and chamber president Peter McIntyre about the next steps.

Opinion: Debate over asset sales distorted

The election is not in the forefront of the minds of most people with the final of the Rugby World Cup looming and the debate over who is the best replacement for Dan Carter.