Dene Mackenzie

Safe havens sought as world events rattle markets

Investors sought out safe-haven investments of gold and government bonds yesterday as a pair of geopolitical events rattled financial markets.

Job advertising rises in June

The lift in job advertising could mean unemployment falling to about 5.5% by the end of the year, ANZ economist Steve Edwards said yesterday.

$40m to aid Vista growth

Vista Group shares will sell at a confirmed offer price of $2.35, raising $40 million in new capital to fund acquisitions and development plans.

Call to show businesses plan's benefits

Call to show businesses plan's benefits

Businesses would need to see examples of the specific benefits offered by the implementation of a single business number for businesses by 2017, Deloitte Dunedin tax partner Phil Stevenson said yesterday.

More pot shots with policy release

The Green and Labour parties have identified Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce as their election enemy number one when the Opposition parties release any policy Mr Joyce oversees for the Government.

Interest rate rises could go on hold

Interest rate rises could go on hold

Benign inflation, a high dollar and falling dairy prices may cause the Reserve Bank to rethink its rising interest rate policy with an official cash rate review next week.

Skills shortage near critical

Skill shortages appear to be reaching a critical level in the South Island while skilled vacancies advertised in the North Island continue to fall.

Spending across New Zealand rises, but especially in the South

Spending across New Zealand rises, but especially in the South

Wallets appear to be opening in the south as Paymark figures show something of a retail boom in Otago and Southland.

About-turn with ICT industry handout

About-turn with ICT industry handout

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has made a surprising reversal over picking winners in the information and communications technology industry, a few days after castigating Labour for proposing a similar policy.

Businesses urged to enter awards

Businesses urged to enter awards

Lani Evans, from ThankYou Payroll, was the first entry for the 2014 Westpac Otago Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.