Michael Stedman, a long-time supporter of all things
broadcasting in Dunedin and New Zealand, was last night named
as Otago's business personality of the year.
Rising employment is more than keeping up with New Zealand's
growing population, Statistics New Zealand labour market
manager Diane Ramsay says.
The September credit figures reinforce the need for the
Reserve Bank to take a lengthy pause to assess the inflation
environment, ASB chief economist Nick Tuffley says.
Trustpower's first-half result was largely in line with
forecasts and did not contain any material surprises, Forsyth
Barr broker Andrew Rooney said yesterday.
A large fall in impairment charges helped Westpac New Zealand
lift its cash earnings for the year ended September to $864
million, a 13% increase on the previous corresponding period.
Strong economic growth is expected to have pushed New
Zealand's employment level higher in September, Westpac
senior economist Satish Ranchhod says.
Dairy farmers will focus on the parts of their business they
can easily change as their income drops in the 2014-15
season, according to ASB chief economist Nick Tuffley.
The Holidays Act is likely to be next on Workplace Relations
and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse's agenda after steering
the Employment Relations Amendment Bill into law this week.
ANZ, New Zealand's largest bank, is crediting its merger with
the former National Bank and improvements in the economy for
a lift in its profits for the year ended September.
The next Labour leader faces a daunting challenge not only in
reuniting the deeply divided party but also connecting it
with voters - and convincing them it is a government in
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