Dene Mackenzie

Food price rise highlights higher living costs

Food prices fell 1.3% in Auckland but the 6.6% annual rise highlights the higher living costs facing households in the past year, ASB economist Christina Leung says.

Shanghai links taking greater role: chamber

Shanghai links taking greater role: chamber

The strengthening links between Dunedin and Shanghai will play a major role in the further development of the Otago Chamber of Commerce, chamber president Peter McIntyre says.

Pike pay outs considered positive step

Pike pay outs considered positive step

New Zealand Oil and Gas yesterday received praise for its corporate responsibility in agreeing to provide early payouts to Pike River Coal Ltd's unsecured creditors.

Global debt issues loom but OCR likely to hold

Continued euro-zone worries, along with the continuing volatility of United States sharemarkets, will keep the Reserve Bank on notice if, as expected, it holds its official cash rate (OCR) at 2.5% on Thursday.

Tech.Ed code for total geek-fest

Tech.Ed code for total geek-fest

An invitation to Microsoft's Tech.Ed 2011 in Auckland was too good to turn down.

Lawyer questions RWC 'clean zone'

Lawyer questions RWC 'clean zone'

Enterprising fundraisers still have the opportunity to sizzle some sausages within the clean zones around Rugby World Cup venues, Dunedin lawyer Sally Peart says.

Telecom tries to fly under radar

Telecom tries to fly under radar

Telecom yesterday followed the lead of past governments by releasing big news at the start of a major event, almost ensuring it will go unnoticed by the majority of shareholders.

Hellaby - from woe to go

Hellaby - from woe to go

The once troubled Hellaby Holdings is proving itself one of the darlings of the NZX since John Williamson took over as chief executive. Any suggestion that he might leave now the company is profitable were unfounded.

Job creation seen in stadium

Job creation seen in stadium

The start of the Rugby World Cup today was a chance to display Dunedin's IT talent to the world, Animation Research Ltd director Ian Taylor said yesterday.

US jobs package could be worth $US300b: media

US jobs package could be worth $US300b: media

United States President Barack Obama is this morning expected to announce a major jobs package, which at best is seen as a short-term stimulus to ailing financial markets.