Dene Mackenzie

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.

Food prices set to soar as troubles hit crops

Food prices set to soar as troubles hit crops

Food prices are about to increase, quickly for some commodities, as weather and industrial action worsen the outlook for grains, fruit and vegetables.

Rise in hiring intentions driven by construction industry demands

Rise in hiring intentions driven by construction industry demands

Hiring intentions in the South Island have risen solidly, mainly driven by the construction industry, which is undertaking extensive work required to repair homes and buildings damaged in the Canterbury earthquake.

Kiwibank to test mortgage market via rate cut

State-owned Kiwibank is cutting the interest on one of its fixed-rate mortgages, possibly just for a fortnight, as a means of "testing the market".

Firefox and Chrome stealing Explorer's march

Microsoft's Internet Explorer appears to be losing some support around the world, particularly to Firefox and Google's Chrome.

CPI increase expected

Inflation is expected to have risen sharply in the three months ended December because of higher petrol prices and a rise in GST to 15% on October 1.

Two-fifths on the way to normal

Two-fifths on the way to normal

Bank of New Zealand senior economist Craig Ebert believes the New Zealand economy is in the second phase of a five-phase expansionary period.

Market set for brighter times

Market set for brighter times The New Zealand equity market is expected to perform well this year. Business editor Dene Mackenzie asked Forsyth Barr broker Suzanne Kinnaird for her predictions for the year ahead.

Brisbane flood graphics developed in Dunedin

Brisbane flood graphics developed in Dunedin

The computer-generated graphics of the flooding in Brisbane being shown on Australia's Nine Network are another example of the innovative technology being developed in Dunedin.