Dene Mackenzie

Canterbury quake helps Warehouse

Restocking of damaged Christchurch houses and businesses helped The Warehouse report improved sales for the three months ended May 1.

Thrillers

Thrillers

Frank Coates captures the essential elements of how many people see the conflicts within the African continent in his sixth and latest novel Softly Calls the Serengeti (HarperCollins).

AMI to be included in Crown accounts

AMI to be included in Crown accounts

New Zealand taxpayers could already own an insurance company, judging by comments yesterday from Finance Minister Bill English.

Western Pacific denied support

Queenstown insurer Western Pacific Insurance was left to fail at about the same time as the Government agreed to provide $500 million of emergency funding to Christchurch-based AMI.

Manufacturing activity weakens in Otago-Southland

Weaknesses within the Otago-Southland manufacturing industries have been identified by the latest BNZ-Business NZ performance in manufacturing index results.

Loss of KiwiSaver tax credits 'disappointing'

Prime Minister John Key was yesterday accused of scaremongering in indicating changes to policies dear to the hearts of many New Zealanders.

Words of caution on likely changes

Employers would look for definite signs the economy had improved before becoming too enamoured with lifting contributions to KiwiSaver, Otago-Southland Employers Association chief executive John Scandrett said yesterday.

Bollard sees solid NZ foundation for growth

New Zealand's financial system is more resilient and positioned to support economic growth, but still faces a volatile and uncertain environment, Reserve Bank governor Alan Bollard says.

Leadership change matter of what was best for Act, NZ

Leadership change matter of what was best for Act, NZ Dunedin-based Act New Zealand list MP Hilary Calvert says she put principles before personalities when deciding to support Don Brash as the new party leader. She explains her reasons to political editor Dene Mackenzie

Closer targetting on grants to families

Working for Families would be aimed more at lower-income families which had a greater need for assistance, Prime Minister John Key said yesterday.