Dene Mackenzie

Free-trade agreement effort takes the long-term view

The free-trade agreement negotiations between New Zealand, Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan (RBK) were part of ensuring New Zealand continued to be a world trader, NZIER economist John Ballingall said yesterday.

Facebook unveils messaging service

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg yesterday launched a messaging service he claimed would change the way people communicated in the future.

PGC lift expected as bank details revealed

Pyne Gould Corporation shares are expected to be keenly sought in coming days after it was revealed yesterday the new Heartland Bank shares would go mainly to PGC shareholders.

Sanford confirms Pacifica Seafoods deal

Sanford yesterday confirmed it had entered into a conditional agreement with Pacifica Seafoods to buy its greenshell mussel and Pacific oyster businesses for $85 million.

Buying spree before GST rise

Retail figures released yesterday showed New Zealanders did go on a buying spree before GST increased to 15% on October 1.

REVIEW: HTC 7 Trophy worth the wait

REVIEW: HTC 7 Trophy worth the wait

The HTC Windows7 phone proved itself up to the pre-release hype when it was taken and used extensively on a recent trip to Australia.

Online teaching on a roll, but there may be a cost

In past years, tertiary institutions in New Zealand had talked about ways of ensuring students got the best experience they could from a crowded teaching experience.

MTF confident for future

MTF confident for future

Dunedin-based Motor Trade Finances faced an uncertain future with confidence, managing director Angus Bradshaw said in the company's annual report.

Joint broadband bid attempt to check rivals

Joint broadband bid attempt to check rivals Competition to provide urban broadband speeds to rural New Zealand heated up yesterday as bids to the Ministry of Economic Development closed. Business editor Dene Mackenzie looks at what is on offer.

ANZ drops exit fees

Australian banks are partially responding to political pressure to become more transparent in their mortgage fees and other costs, but it is unlikely their New Zealand operations will follow suit without the same sort of political pressure.