Dene Mackenzie

Hager's book continues to haunt

Hager's book continues to haunt

Prime Minister John Key must be hoping when he campaigns in Auckland today the horrors of the past 12 days have been put behind him and the National Party.

The parties' tax policies explored

The parties'  tax policies explored

No political party has put out a tax policy surprisingly different than expected in the election campaign, although Deloitte Dunedin tax partner Peter Truman was slightly surprised by the Greens.

Spark results showing progress, but 'good reality check'

Spark results showing progress, but 'good reality check'

Spark, formerly known as Telecom, produced a financial result yesterday which was a reality check for the company and investors, Craigs Investment Partners broker Chris Timms said.

Sky strong but subscriber growth 'disappointing'

Sky Network Television, New Zealand's dominant pay-TV company, reported strong operating and underlying profitability but revenue and subscriber growth was disappointing, Craigs Investment Partners broker Greg Easton said.

Dividend higher than forecast

Mighty River Power produced a good result on all levels in the year ended June, including declaring a dividend 0.5c higher than forecast, Craigs Investment Partners broker Chris Timms said yesterday.

Credentials intact - just

Credentials intact - just

Finance Minister Bill English goes into the election campaign with his money management credentials intact but only just because there are warning signs his prized surplus is in danger of disappearing.

Treasury figures' meaning disputed

Treasury figures' meaning disputed

The Treasury's pre-election fiscal update turned into a slanging match between politicians yesterday as Finance Minister Bill English defended his economic strategy.

Meridian dividend beats forecasts

Meridian dividend beats forecasts

Electricity prices have been in the news recently and this week, New Zealand's energy companies start reporting. Newly-listed Meridian Energy surprised yesterday with a higher-than-forecast dividend and Contact Energy surprised with a higher profit. Business editor Dene Mackenzie reviews their annual results.

Heat on Govt's figures

The Government's economic credibility goes on the line this morning when the Treasury issues its pre-election fiscal update and the much anticipated return to surplus becomes election fodder.

Analyst yet to fire up over Spark

Analyst yet to fire up over Spark

Spark is the new name for the telecommunications company formerly known as Telecom, but Forsyth Barr broker Andrew Rooney remains to be convinced a new name will spark up the market.