A February surplus of nearly $400 million, along with the
$300 million to $350 million special dividend from the sale
of Kiwibank, will put the Government in a strong spending
position for next year's election.
The outcome of the transmission pricing methodology (TPM)
review was becoming increasingly important to the future of
the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter, Forsyth Barr broker Damian
Foster said yesterday.