Dene Mackenzie

Brierley retires as chairman

Brierley retires as chairman

Sir Ron Brierley yesterday retired as chairman of GPG, handing over the role to Mark Johnson.

Review special: Thrillers

Review special: Thrillers

Three James Patterson thrillers in about a month sounds like a good deal for avid fans, but they should be wary of just who is writing the books.

Telecom could miss on UFB

The possibility of Telecom being entirely excluded from the Government's ultra fast broadband initiative (UFB) still remains and is not diminishing, Forsyth Barr broker Suzanne Kinnaird says.

Group unhappy with fibre decision

The New Zealand Regional Fibre Group is unhappy at missing out yesterday on being short-listed for the Government's rural broadband initiative (RBI).

Scott heads into 2011 looking strong

Scott heads into 2011 looking strong

Dunedin-based Scott Technology has secured $10 million in orders and is in advanced negotiations for an additional $4.5 million in additional work, chairman Stuart McLauchlan said yesterday.

Time runs short for UFB - Reynolds

Telecom chief executive Paul Reynolds appears to be running out of patience with Crown Fibre Holdings, the body organising the Government's ambitious ultra-fast broadband project (UFB).

Tax-change 'political spin' charge

Tax-change 'political spin' charge

The Government was putting "political spin" on its tax changes released yesterday to make it appear they would close a tax loophole which did not exist, Polson Higgs tax partner Michael Turner said.

Australian central bank leaves rate unchanged

The Reserve Bank of Australia left its official cash rate unchanged at 4.75% yesterday, the first in a series this week of central banks expected to keep their rates on hold.

Continued deficits present challenge

Continued deficits present challenge

The Government would have to make some tough choices as its current account deficits continued to grow in the next perhaps three to five years, BNZ senior economist Craig Ebert said yesterday.

Super fund aids operating balance

The New Zealand Superannuation Fund's investments helped soften the impact for the Government of falling tax revenue and lower-than-forecast economic growth in the four months ended October.