Dene Mackenzie

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.

Focusing on retail works for SLI

Focusing on retail works for SLI

As far as good ideas go, coming up with a way for retailers to get better results for customers searching their websites is up with the best. Business editor Dene Mackenzie talks to SLI Systems chief executive Shaun Ryan about how the company started and where it is going.

Motor Trade Finances bond issue reflects firm's reputation

Motor Trade Finances bond issue reflects firm's reputation

A $200 million issue of medium-term notes by Motor Trade Finances was a sign the Dunedin-based company was held in high regard overseas, Craigs Investment Partners broker Peter McIntyre said yesterday.

House sales volumes fall as winter settles in

House sales volumes fall as winter settles in

The number of dwellings sold in June fell 12.3% from May as winter settled in to the residential real estate market, figures released yesterday by the Real Estate Institute showed.