Dene Mackenzie

Fibre plans put Telecom into corner

Communications and Information Technology Minister Steven Joyce this week released the "Invitation to Participate" in the partner selection process for the Government's $1.5 billion ultra-fast broadband investment plan.

Strong NZ dollar again causing grief

Strong NZ dollar again causing grief

The strong New Zealand dollar was again causing anguish in financial markets yesterday despite a weakening of the currency from a Wednesday high of above US76c.

Windows 7 early response up-beat

Windows 7 early response up-beat

Windows 7 New Zealand manager Ben Green is planning a short lie-in this morning as Microsoft launches its new operating system globally.

NZ's improved net migration may be short-lived, economists warn

NZ's improved net migration may be short-lived, economists warn

New Zealand's annual population gain from migration reached a five-year high in September, but economists warn the improving migration figures could be short-lived.

Success of IPO 'comes down to pricing'

Success of IPO 'comes down to pricing'

The pricing of the Kathmandu shares will determine the success of the dual sharemarket listings of the Christchurch-based outdoor lifestyle retailer, Craigs Investment Partners broker Chris Timms said yesterday.

Latest Norton security product big advance

Symantec, the maker of Norton internet security products, has taken careful note of complaints two years ago from users about how slow the use of the company's products made their PCs.

Recession brings challenges for chamber of commerce

The past year had been as challenging as it had been frustrating for the Otago Chamber of Commerce, its president, Mark Willis, said at the annual meeting last week.

Reporting changes may be opposed

A proposal for large privately held companies to have an audit and file their financial statements is likely to be controversial in the business community, Deloitte Dunedin audit partner Peter Gulliver says.

Blis breaks into US market

Blis breaks into US market

Dunedin-based Blis Technologies yesterday revealed that United States retail chain Costco is undertaking a 50-store commercial trial of the Blis K12 probiotic product.

Quick access to dead relatives' KiwiSaver pleases

Quick access to dead relatives' KiwiSaver pleases

Changes to the KiwiSaver law, allowing families of members who die to have quick access to funds in the dead member's account, have been welcomed within the savings industry.