Dene Mackenzie

Good and bad news in accounts

New Zealanders appear to be buying into the Government's message of saving rather than spending, judging by the changes included in the Crown accounts for the three months ended September.

Microsoft on cue with cloud computing launch

It has been a while since cloud computing drifted through this column but a recent release from research and advisory firm Ovum necessitates another look at the issue.

Uncertainty surrounds state of labour market, economist says

Evidence suggests the New Zealand labour market continued its trend of slow improvement in the three months ended September, but economists are warning that volatility may cause a surprise.

Property company changes `rushed'

Investors caught up in the Government-introduced changes around property company structures are being urged to remain patient.

Privacy endangered notion

Privacy endangered notion

Voyeurism has gone global on the internet but the recent suicide of a United States freshman after another student allegedly used a webcam to broadcast his sexual encounters in his dorm room has raised the stakes considerably. Technology writer Dene Mackenzie backgrounds the issue...

Glimmer of hope for investors

Glimmer of hope for investors

Investors who lost their money in failed finance companies have been given a glimmer of hope they may be able to claim a tax deduction on the loss in some circumstances.

Recovery continues: trade balance $378m

The country's export-led recovery has continued for three consecutive quarters, with figures out yesterday showing New Zealand's trade balance was $378 million for the three months ended September.

Enthusiastic about role representing Dunedin

Enthusiastic about role representing Dunedin

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade economic policy officer Aimee Jephson has embraced her new role for the ministry with much enthusiasm.

Endorsement for bank

The proposed "Heartland Bank" is a step closer to getting a banking licence and listing on the NZX, following the release yesterday of a positive endorsement from investment banking firms.

Interest rates expected to remain at current levels in short term

Time was running out for homeowners with floating mortgages to decide whether or not to move to a fixed-term rate, Craigs Investment Partners broker Chris Timms said yesterday.