Dene Mackenzie

Share price falls amid heavy institutional trading

Share price falls amid heavy institutional trading

Institutional investors may be losing faith in Sky TV's future.

Opposing schools of thought

Opposing schools of thought

A $359 million push for higher pupil achievement heads the differences on education policy between National and other parties, writes political editor Dene MacKenzie.

National's tax cuts must meet conditions

National's tax cuts must meet conditions

New Zealanders may get a tax cut before the 2017 election, but there are plenty of barriers in the way before anyone receives any money in their back pocket.

Greens better National on waterway fencing

Greens better National on waterway fencing

The Green Party has expanded on National's policy of requiring livestock to be fenced out of waterways. While National wants just dairy cows excluded by 2017, the Greens want all livestock out of the water.

National tax cuts announcement expected today

National's plans for tax cuts will be highly political and take some explaining to voters after six years of tight financial control of the economy by Finance Minister Bill English.

ECB 'playing tricks' on markets

ECB 'playing tricks' on markets

The European Central Bank cut its interest rates by 0.1% and confirmed the start of an asset-buying programme similar to that seen by the Federal Reserve in the depths of the recession.

National maintains push on $359m leadership in schools policy

National maintains push on $359m leadership in schools policy

Education Minister Hekia Parata continues to focus on the Government's $359 million policy to improve teaching quality and leadership in schools but special needs teaching will get a boost if National is re-elected.

Greens flex muscles in minor party debate

Greens flex muscles in minor party debate

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman gave Labour plenty to think about during last night's minor party leaders debate as he pushed hard for a greater say in the make up of a Left-leaning government.

The high ground on quake relief

Canterbury residents stressed out from the ongoing rebuild of earthquake-damaged Christchurch are being offered an unlikely chance to chill out and relax.

Rules around advance voting clarified

The strict rules prohibiting the display of signs and the holding of demonstrations or processions on election day do not apply during the advance voting period.