Dene Mackenzie

Budget may not be all doom and gloom

Budget may not be all doom and gloom

Finance Minister Bill English faces a real test of character on Thursday when he releases his first budget of the new National-led administration.

English walks tighrope with budget

English walks tighrope with budget

Measures implemented by the National-led government in 1990 and 1991 to move New Zealand out of recession are being considered by the Government.

Fibre plan judged sedate

Fibre plan judged sedate

The prospect of a national fibre-optic company in New Zealand has refocused attention on to fibre-to-the-home solutions. Qualcomm Australia country manager Rob Hart tells business editor Dene Mackenzie that focus is too narrow, given the broadband technologies that are starting to be deployed internationally.

Telecom lays it on the line with XT network

Telecom lays it on the line with XT network

Telecom is due to officially launch its new fast XT mobile network next Friday. Group chief executive Paul Reynolds told business editor Dene Mackenzie that Telecom was changing the game for mobile by having fewer plans that were less complicated.

Focus on networking and music in new link

Music downloads and social networking are part of Telecom's master plan to appeal to a younger audience of cellphone users with the launch of its new fast XT network yesterday.

Proposal lacks pricing detail

Sharebrokers have been distinctly underwhelmed by Telecom's new XT mobile network announcements, which lacked some pricing detail and future plans except for some "cloud proposals".

Ryman profit down 6%

Ryman profit down 6%

Ryman Healthcare's 6% fall in profit before tax in the year ended March prompted mixed reviews from brokers.

Restructurer urges firms to be sensible

Restructuring and resizing Otago-Southland businesses is taking up nearly three-quarters of the time Polson Higgs senior human resources consultant Ross Hanson spends at work.

Advice for the newly redundant

People who have been made redundant or who are facing job insecurity are being urged to attend an Otago Careers Festival event tonight in the Clifford Skeggs Gallery.

Smiths City Group reports six-month sales down 5.65%

Retailer Smiths City Group is feeling the pain of recession as consumers keep their wallets in their pockets.