Dene Mackenzie

Hackers or freedom fighters?

BBC technology reporter Iain Mackenzie raised an interesting point in his column last week, which started with the oft-repeated aphorism "one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter".

US crisis removes need for OCR rise in September

The downgrading of the sovereign debt rating in the United States has removed the need for the New Zealand Reserve Bank to lift its official cash rate to 3% in September.

Briscoe leads other retailers

The Briscoe Group seems to be doing better than most other retailers in the current environment, Forsyth Barr broker Suzanne Kinnaird says.

Telcos launch cheaper mobile call rates

Telecom and Slingshot have this week responded to the lower mobile termination rates determination by lowering their national mobile calling rates.

Nowhere left to hide as bourses battered

Fears the United States is facing another recession following a series of ugly data results and toxic in-fighting about debt levels sent world sharemarkets plummeting yesterday.

Thrillers

Thrillers

Lars Kepler burst on to the Swedish bestsellers list following a path blazed by Stieg Larsson. During 2009, rumours were rife in the Swedish media that new writer "Lars Kepler" had been offered a substantial advance for his first book, The Hypnotist (HarperCollins) but no-one knew who he was. He refused to give interviews.

Employment figures suggest improvement

Employment figures suggest improvement

The labour market continues to steadily improve, judging from figures released yesterday. But an industry group is warning that cheap imports are costing local jobs.

Renting for cup has tax surprises

Renting for cup has tax surprises

Dunedin residents planning to rent their houses out to Rugby World Cup fans could be surprised to learn that Inland Revenue will be wanting its share, Polson Higgs tax partner Michael Turner says.

Reducing Govt debt seen as crucial

Reducing Govt debt seen as crucial

Getting government spending under control and having a lower official cash rate were key to getting the value of the New Zealand dollar back to a sustainable level, Act New Zealand leader Don Brash said yesterday.

Greens launch assault on poverty

Greens launch assault on poverty

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei yesterday took her campaign to alleviate child poverty in New Zealand into the lion's den of Social Development Minister Paula Bennett's electorate of Waitakere.