Dene Mackenzie

Back to reality for business confidence

Business confidence is well off its highs, ANZ chief economist Cameron Bagrie says.

Device able to coach athletes

Device able to coach athletes

Athletes of all shapes, sizes and abilities could soon be wearing devices which give real-time verbal updates on performance from software developed by Auckland-based Performance Lab.

Labour promises $12.5m to Canterbury health hubs

Labour yesterday announced it would spend $12.5 million in two Canterbury electorates, if elected in September.

Improving labour market boosts confidence

Improving labour market boosts confidence

Employment confidence for the three months ended June is back to levels last seen before the Global Financial Crisis, the latest Westpac McDermott Miller Employment Confidence Index shows.

Gains tax devil lurks in the detail

Gains tax devil lurks in the detail

Business people are more willing to accept a capital gains tax - a key Labour Party policy plank - than they have ever been, Polson Higgs tax partner Michael Turner says.

Foodstuffs' balance sheet reflects improving economy

The balance sheet of Foodstuffs South Island continues to grow strongly, with revenue exceeding $2.6 billion in the year ended February, the annual accounts show.

IPO surge seen as thumbs-up

IPO surge seen as thumbs-up

In a turnaround from the drought of two or three years ago, we seem to have found ourselves smack in the middle of a flood of initial public offerings (IPOs). Craigs Investment Partners broker Chris Timms explains to Business editor Dene Mackenzie how to avoid IPO fever.

China links to fore as two-way trade tops $20b

China links to fore as two-way trade tops $20b

Prime Minister John Key was yesterday playing up his relationship with China's leaders after trade data showed this country's two-way trade with China had exceeded $20 billion for the first time.

Comment: Bidding war for Canterbury steps up

The race for Christchurch votes has become the dominant theme of the election. And it will not be cheap for the taxpayer, political editor Dene Mackenzie reports.

Business awards to promote Otago's success

Business awards to promote Otago's success

The launch last night of the Westpac Otago Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards was a chance to shake off some of the negative images about the region, chamber president Ali Copeman said.