Dene Mackenzie

'You can't ask for more'

'You can't ask for more'

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.

Employment, population grow

Employment, population grow

Rising employment is more than keeping up with New Zealand's growing population, Statistics New Zealand labour market manager Diane Ramsay says.

Pause to assess inflation

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 meets expectations

Trustpower meets expectations

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.

Westpac's cash earnings $864m

Westpac's cash earnings $864m

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.

Decrease in unemployment figures predicted

Strong economic growth is expected to have pushed New Zealand's employment level higher in September, Westpac senior economist Satish Ranchhod says.

Dairy farm focus on cost-cutting

Dairy farm focus on cost-cutting

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.

Next target may be Holidays Act

Next target may be Holidays Act

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 credits merger for lift in profit

ANZ credits merger for lift in profit

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.

Leadership hopefuls present their cases

Leadership hopefuls present their cases

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 waiting.