Dene Mackenzie

Public sector savings free cash for priorities

New Zealand's public sector has a large role to play in the recovery of the economy from recession and Finance Minister Bill English made it clear yesterday that hard work already started needed to continue.

English's Budget credit-rating bid succeeds

English's Budget credit-rating bid succeeds

Finance Minister Bill English achieved something that seemed almost impossible a month or so ago in having the country's credit ratings maintained near the top of the range.

Growth plan too limited, Budget critics say

Saving and supporting jobs during the recession appeared top of the list for Finance Minister Bill English when he released his first Budget of the new National-led administration yesterday.

Review: Isla Grant turns in an impassioned performance

Scottish singer and songwriter Isla Grant opened her heart and soul to a nearly packed Regent Theatre on Wednesday evening and by doing so she smothered the audience in warmth and nostalgia.

Telcos ratchet up competitive stakes

The Commerce Commission will have every reason to feel quietly pleased with itself tomorrow, given the sudden outbreak of competition in New Zealand's telecommunications industry.

Comment: Impact on debt levels reason why budget important

The budget to be released this afternoon by Finance Minister Bill English has been called the most important in New Zealand's history.

Gold miner losing CEO after 5 years

Gold miner losing CEO after 5 years

Oceana Gold chief executive Steve Orr will leave the gold mining company on June 30, but the market is not reading anything sinister into the announcement.

F&P shares in trading pause

F&P shares in trading pause

Fisher & Paykel Appliances, which recently closed its Mosgiel manufacturing operation, put its shares into a trading halt yesterday while it finalises its refinancing.

Parliamentary critique blogged

Parliamentary critique blogged

Hot from Parliament comes the latest craze adopted by Labour Party MPs who found themselves at a loss for things to do while the Auckland Super City legislation ground its way through the House.

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.