Dene Mackenzie

Comment: Quick tax changes unlikely

Comment: Quick tax changes unlikely

The Government seems unlikely to rush tax changes into this year's May Budget except for a few easy-to-implement, one-line changes with few political implications.

Inflation below market predictions

Inflation below market predictions

The Reserve Bank found itself with some breathing space yesterday as inflation came in weaker than market expectations.

Cadbury accepts better offer from Kraft

Cadbury accepts better offer from Kraft

British confectionery maker Cadbury was last night expected to have conceded defeat in its battle to remain independent by recommending the 12 billion ($NZ27 billion) takeover offer from United States rival Kraft.

Govt reaction to tax report key

Govt reaction to tax report key

The Government's reaction to the Tax Working Group report, due out today, will be of more interest than the report itself, Polson Higgs tax partner Michael Turner says.

Wage rise concern to employers

A significant upward swing in the minimum wage would bring an additional burden to bear on their post-recession planning.

Shareholders show patience

Allied Farmers' new shareholders are showing more resilience and patience than they were given credit for as they hold on to the shares they were allocated as part of the Hanover Finance takeover.

Internet privacy complex

You know that internet privacy is going to dominate the minds of some this year when politicians start blogging about it.

Inflation of 1.9% expected

Falling food prices are expected to show annual inflation is down to 1.9% when Statistics New Zealand figures are released on Wednesday.

Different degrees of optimism from experts

Economists have started the year with varying degrees of optimism - cautious optimism in the case of the BNZ and strong in the case of Westpac.

Bank opening state-of-the-art branch

Bank opening state-of-the-art branch

Westpac Moray Place customers will have a new branch to use from Monday that Otago area manager Ken Cochrane describes as the ultimate in customer-friendly banking facilities.