Dene Mackenzie

Govt's partnership push draws positive response

Govt's partnership push draws positive response

Public sector decision-making concerned with infrastructure investment will now have to consider public private partnerships, a move which is likely to find widespread industry support.

Fed's worries about economic recovery hit markets

Sharemarkets could be in for a rocky few days after the United States Federal Reserve stepped in yesterday to try and drive down debt and boost economic growth.

Floating rates rise, fixed rates lag

Mortgage lending rates are on the move again, but not in the way earlier predicted.

Retailing continues to be flat

Retailing continues to be flat

Households are likely to remain cautious with their spending after recent labour market data showed subdued wage growth as unemployment soared to 6.8%.

BlackBerry tests Saudi servers

BlackBerry tests Saudi servers

Blackberry maker Research in Motion appeared to be closer to a resolution in its dispute with Saudi Arabia over the Canadian firm's popular messaging services.

Confidence down but business and consumers still remain upbeat

Businesses and consumers appear to be more realistic about their prospects although they are remaining relatively upbeat about their futures.

United Future's income sharing on agenda

United Future's income sharing on agenda

Revenue Minister Peter Dunne in two weeks will finally introduce a Bill to Parliament calling for income sharing to be allowed between couples with children.

Allied Farmers runs into snags

Allied Farmers runs into snags

Allied Farmers faces fresh problems after it announced last night a temporary delay to plans for a capital raising while it continues discussions with the trustee of its finance business unit.

New generation of spam using shortened URLs

Most internet security firms release in January their predictions of what nasties will invade our computers during the year.

Global charity began at home

Global charity began at home

Vodafone human resources director Michael Stanley is also chairman of the company's charitable foundation. He talks to business editor Dene Mackenzie about why he is such a passionate supporter of the foundation.