Dene Mackenzie

Google to offer free marketing

Internet search engine giant Google is offering to do its bit to help New Zealand's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to reach new customers and increase sales during the recession.

Flattering figures disguise production slump in manufacturing

New Zealand manufacturing has collapsed further, with a flattering run-down in dairy stocks disguising an awful three months of sales to the end of March.

IRD increasingly vigilant over debt

The Inland Revenue Department is becoming increasingly vigilant about recovering outstanding tax as the credit crunch continues to hurt businesses, three Dunedin tax practitioners say.

What to make of Pirate Party's EU win?

What to make of Pirate Party's EU win?

It had to happen, and politicians around the world should take note of a phenomenon that might take on in a place other than Sweden.

ING faces up to irritated investors

ING faces up to irritated investors

ING chief executive Helen Troup yesterday fronted up to disgruntled investors in Dunedin and Invercargill to explain the latest final offer in the long-running saga of frozen funds.

Staying afloat in an extreme economic event

Staying afloat in an extreme economic event

After 20 years of modern portfolio theory being the currency of investment for financial planners and advisers, some rethinking is taking place as the ongoing credit crisis and recession places restraints on earnings for investors.

OCR to stay low until late 2010: governor

OCR to stay low until late 2010: governor

It is likely to be some time before the recovery becomes self-sustaining and monetary policy support can be withdrawn Alan Bollard.

Dunedin City Hotel expansion ready in time for world cup

Dunedin City Hotel expansion ready in time for world cup

Two new floors with 16 new rooms will be added to the top of the Dunedin City Hotel as the Scenic Hotel Group prepares for an influx of tourists during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Sobering result for our manufacturing

Sobering result for our manufacturing

The latest BNZ Capital-Business New Zealand performance in manufacturing index provided some sobering yardsticks for the region, Otago-Southland Employers Association chief executive John Scandrett said yesterday.

Westpac mortgage rates rise

Westpac mortgage rates rise

Westpac responded to criticism by MPs that banks were keeping mortgage rates artificially high and maintaining high profits by lifting some of its lending rates yesterday, although it was the last retail bank to do so.