Dene Mackenzie

Main focus on dollar

New Zealand investors face a quiet week for data this week. The main focus will continue to be on the strength of the New Zealand dollar against main trading partners.

Soaring property sector

The listed property sector had a stellar 2014, up 25.4% and outperforming the NZX50 which was up 19.2%, Forsyth Barr broker Andrew Rooney says.

Kiwibank first to lower mortgage rates

Kiwibank first to lower mortgage rates

Kiwibank has opened what is expected to be a bidding contest for mortgage business with a cut to its two-year fixed interest rate.

MP sharpens knowledge to inform policy

MP sharpens knowledge to inform policy

Dunedin North MP David Clark faces a testing year ahead has the new Labour caucus members have 12 months to prove themselves to leader Andrew Little.

Milk collection up; dry fears

Fonterra's New Zealand collection is 4% higher for the season to date but the dairy co-operative issued a warning about the effect dry conditions were having on the east coast of the South Island.

Meat goes same way as oil

Meat goes same way as oil

The ASB Commodity Price Index started the year with a fall in all denominations, mainly due to the dipping sheep/beef index.

House-building likely to take off

House-building likely to take off

Construction activity is likely to soar this year after the number of building consents issued reached their highest level for seven years in November.

NZOG buys into Cue; takeover expected later

In an intriguing move, New Zealand Oil and Gas (NZOG) has acquired 20% of Australian-listed oil and gas explorer Cue Energy, buying its stake from Todd Energy.

Deflation in this case not a bad thing

Deflation in this case not a bad thing

New Zealand is in the midst of a period of modest deflation. But it is not born of weak domestic demand.

Warehouse Group prospects downgraded

Forsyth Barr acted swiftly yesterday in downgrading The Warehouse Group's prospects for the current financial year after the unexpected profit downgrade announced earlier.