Dene Mackenzie

Asset sales would fund infrastructural growth

Asset sales would fund infrastructural growth

State-owned energy companies Mighty River Power, Genesis, Meridian and Solid Energy are still earmarked for a partial sell-down by the Government, which is also considering reducing its stake in Air New Zealand.

Budget frees up $5.2b of spending

Budget frees up $5.2b of spending

The Government's books are set to return to surplus sooner, although Finance Minister Bill English is ju

Christchurch rebuild bonds earn 4%

Christchurch rebuild bonds earn 4%

A new Earthquake Kiwi Bond being launched by the Government to help fund rebuilding in Christchurch should appeal to philanthropists.

Infrastructure spending rise

Infrastructure spending rise

The Government has increased its infrastructure spending but has clawed back more than $500 million of unused spending to include in the Budget's $1.6 billion allocation.

Ryman Healthcare lifts profit, dividend

Ryman Healthcare lifts profit, dividend

Ryman Healthcare set the market alight on opening yesterday by announcing an improved profit and an increased dividend.

Programme should be compulsory

Dunedin accountant Michael Cunningham (23) believes the Government should have taken an extra step in Budget 2011 and made KiwiSaver compulsory.

Soft-centred Budget expected

Soft-centred Budget expected

Finance Minister Bill English will this afternoon release a tough Budget aimed at battling rising debt.

Doubts about Key's claim

Doubts about Key's claim

Some last-minute cynicism has emerged in business circles as Finance Minister Bill English prepares to release his Budget this afternoon.

Govt back-down on UFB holiday

Govt back-down on UFB holiday

The Maori Party has forced Communications and Information Technology Minister Steven Joyce to back down on a proposed regulatory holiday for ultra-fast broadband (UFB) prices, Labour claims.

KiwiSaver popularity still climbing as changes loom

KiwiSaver  popularity still climbing as changes loom

Kiwisaver continues to climb in popularity as changes to the scheme containing the retirement savings of 1.7 million New Zealanders become increasingly likely.