Dene Mackenzie

Impact of Telecom network to be revealed

Impact of Telecom network to be revealed

Telecom is expected to give the market some guidance this week as to how successful the launch of its new XT mobile network has been.

Services `stable' in the South

The Otago-Southland region languishes at the bottom of the BNZ Capital-Business New Zealand Performance of Services Index, but there are some encouraging signs.

Clouds on the horizon

Clouds on the horizon

Cloud computing is a term that comes and goes, but it has become a term that seems destined to stay within the vocabulary of technology users and writers.

Taking on the market might of Google

One of the funniest things I have heard about technology lately was at a breakfast briefing by gen-i on cloud computing.

Speed dating takes off in Dunedin

Speed dating takes off in Dunedin

Jane Metcalfe wanted to meet men but was having little success. So she started a speed-dating business. She is still waiting to meet "Mr Right" but tells business editor Dene Mackenzie she does have some success stories to share.

Contact cites weather, transmission curbs, slump as profit falls 50%

Contact cites weather, transmission curbs, slump as profit falls 50%

Contact Energy yesterday confirmed what everybody had already forecast - that it was a challenging period in which after-tax profit fell 50% in the year ended June.

Slingshot, Orcon best

Slingshot, Orcon best

Slingshot and Orcon have been rated as the top broadband providers for the first six months of the year, with Telecom named as also performing strongly.

Retail trade figures better than forecast

Retail trade figures better than forecast

Consumers appear to have started getting their wallets out and spending again, reinforcing suggestions that the economy is close to moving out of recession.

Southern PMI reading lowest in New Zealand

Southern PMI reading lowest in New Zealand

The Otago-Southland Employers Association chief executive, John Scandrett, is calling for southern businesses to undertake a self-audit of their activities after another disappointing performance in manufacturing index result.

Fixed-rate mortgage rates rise

Fixed-rate mortgage rates rise

Floating mortgage rates started falling yesterday but fixed rates, which cover about 85% of New Zealanders with mortgages, began to rise in line with earlier predictions.