Dene Mackenzie

Govt forced on to back foot

Govt forced on to back foot

The Government has been forced on to the back foot following the surprise credit rating downgrades on Friday by two major rating agencies.

Opinion: Key Nats' ace; Goff sidelined

Opinion: Key Nats' ace; Goff sidelined

Prime Minister John Key's visage will be smiling at voters throughout the country now that election hoardings have started to appear in the lead-up to the November 26 election, writes ODT Political editor Dene Mackenzie.

Hardy business confidence expected to ease

New Zealand business confidence measures are expected to ease in coming quarters as the realities of a bleak global growth picture hit home, ANZ-National Bank economist Mark Smith says.

Greek default fears drag on markets

Investors are starting to delay investment decisions, putting more pressure on global sharemarkets as they continue to slump on the growing expectation of a Greek default.

Tower financially secure: statement

Tower Ltd made a powerful statement yesterday that it was financially secure and was still interested in expanding, Craigs Investment Partners broker Peter McIntyre said.

Affirmative survey on the cards

The quarterly survey of business opinion, out this morning, is expected to provide some much-needed good economic news.

Social media force in elections

One of the wishes of Mackline is that New Zealand politicians will flock to social networks during the forthcoming election campaign.

Vandals strike election signs

Vandals strike election signs

National Party list MP Michael Woodhouse is vowing to make those who vandalise his election hoardings pay after his and other MPs signs were damaged during the weekend.

Employers training their own

Employers training their own

Signs are emerging that Otago employers are being proactive in addressing the skill shortage in some industries, Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie says.

Ngai Tahu profit shows strength of investments

Ngai Tahu profit shows strength of investments

Ngai Tahu Holdings Corporation has weathered tough financial times through its diverse portfolio, Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu kaiwhakahaere (chairman) Mark Solomon says.