Dene Mackenzie

Opinion: National wants to stage-manage win

Opinion: National wants to stage-manage win

The National Party seems intent on trying to stage manage its way to electoral victory on November 26, judging from the secrecy surrounding the party's Mainland conference held in Christchurch during the weekend.

National, Labour on collision course over tax

National, Labour on collision course over tax

National and Labour were on a tax collision course yesterday as the 2011 election campaign took a tentative first step.

Stock, mixed-use asset tax reviewed

Stock, mixed-use asset tax reviewed

Farmers, holiday home owners and people with recreational assets, such as yachts, face paying more tax in the future. In the case of some farmers, hundreds of thousands of dollars are up for grabs.

Smaller wage increases likely to result

Smaller wage increases likely to result

Workers face lower wage increases in future as the Government moves to get employers to increase their KiwiSaver contributions for their employees from April 1, 2013.

Christchurch rebuild bonds earn 4%

Christchurch rebuild bonds earn 4%

A new Earthquake Kiwi Bond being launched by the Government to help fund rebuilding in Christchurch should appeal to philanthropists.

Asset sales would fund infrastructural growth

Asset sales would fund infrastructural growth

State-owned energy companies Mighty River Power, Genesis, Meridian and Solid Energy are still earmarked for a partial sell-down by the Government, which is also considering reducing its stake in Air New Zealand.

Budget sets challenge

The National Party's election manifesto was released yesterday in Parliament, masquerading as Budget 2011.

Ryman Healthcare lifts profit, dividend

Ryman Healthcare lifts profit, dividend

Ryman Healthcare set the market alight on opening yesterday by announcing an improved profit and an increased dividend.

Infrastructure spending rise

Infrastructure spending rise

The Government has increased its infrastructure spending but has clawed back more than $500 million of unused spending to include in the Budget's $1.6 billion allocation.

Budget frees up $5.2b of spending

Budget frees up $5.2b of spending

The Government's books are set to return to surplus sooner, although Finance Minister Bill English is ju