Dene Mackenzie

Connecting with youth a priority

Connecting with youth a priority

Internet Party chief executive Vikram Kumar knows he has a tough job ahead of him to get young people to connect with politics and vote in the September 20 election.

Christchurch people move south for work

Christchurch people move south for work

Dunedin businesses are reversing a four-year trend by hiring skilled trades staff from Christchurch, Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie said yesterday.

Ready to get the message out

Ready to get the message out

Labour Party leader David Cunliffe needs to stamp his mark on the party's election-year congress which starts in Wellington tonight. He tells political editor Dene Mackenzie he is up to the task.

Investors return to shares as returns outstrip bonds

Investors return to shares as returns outstrip bonds

United States investors are selling out of safe-haven bond markets and moving into riskier investments, such as shares, as the recovery in the world's largest economy continues.

The fizz is gone: Coca-Cola sales flat and falling

The fizz is gone: Coca-Cola sales flat and falling

A new generation does not appear to believe Coke is the ''real thing'' but more the unhealthy thing, Morningstar analyst Daniel Mueller says.

IRD focus on tax dodging

The Inland Revenue Department has increased its focus on situations where it considers tax avoidance exists, meaning the issue has become more prominent, Dunedin tax expert Peter Truman says.

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.