Dene Mackenzie

Budget sets challenge

The National Party's election manifesto was released yesterday in Parliament, masquerading as Budget 2011.

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.

Govt wins as assets rejigged

Govt wins as assets rejigged

The Government will receive a $521 million special dividend from Meridian Energy thanks to Genesis Energy borrowing money from its bankers to help pay for Meridian's Tekapo assets.

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.

Index boosted from March low by holidays

Index boosted from March low by holidays

The school holidays and Easter helped boost Otago-Southland retailers' activity in April, the latest BNZ-Business New Zealand performance in services index shows.

Unlisted energy retailers benefiting

Unlisted energy retailers appear to be benefiting from consumers looking for the best-value electricity prices as times remain tough for households.

It's a billion-dollar game

Excuse me for thinking the world of technology has gone slightly crazy in the past week or two.