Dene Mackenzie

The more people smoke, the more they pay

The more people smoke, the more they pay

The 10% ongoing increase in tobacco tax is the issue most people seemed to get excited about in yesterday's Budget 2016 which had little in it to create any real interest. 

Treasury figures questioned

Treasury figures questioned

Doubt about the Treasury's forecasts included in Budget 2016 were expressed yesterday, despite the enthusiasm shown in those forecasts by Finance Minister Bill English.

English delivers little to excite the business community

English delivers little to excite the business community

The best business could say about Budget 2016 yesterday was it retained a stable base for business development from which to launch growth.

Govt has fiscal room, but surprises unlikely

Govt has fiscal room, but surprises unlikely

Health and housing should be front and centre of Finance Minister Bill English's eighth Budget today if the Government wants to stave off growing dissatisfaction with its performance.

FMA clears Silver Fern on debt

FMA clears Silver Fern on debt

The Financial Markets Authority will not be taking any action against Dunedin meat company Silver Fern Farms in relation to information contained in an information pack given to shareholders.

Otago's economy: 'Be there or be square'

Otago's economy: 'Be there or be square'

Otago remains third-equal on the ASB/Main Report regional economic scoreboard with some "excellent reading'' of results, ASB chief economist Nick Tuffley says.

Tower shares down after $8.7m first-half loss reported

Tower shares dropped to a two-month low after the general insurer reported a wider first-half loss and flat gross written premium income, raising questions about its ability to compete with larger rivals.

1.6m people on Queenstown flights

1.6m people on Queenstown flights

Queenstown Airport's passenger numbers reached 1.6 million for the first time in a 12-month period in April, figures released by Auckland International Airport show.

Broker sees turbulence ahead, reduces target for Air NZ

Air New Zealand's April operating statistics provided little reason for investors to take a breather following the recent sell-off of shares, Forsyth Barr broker Suzanne Kinnaird said yesterday.

Peters criticises Auckland-centric Budget

Peters criticises Auckland-centric Budget

Budget 2016 would be obsessed with Auckland issues and preoccupied with a vain attempt to solve the problems resulting from record immigration mainly to Auckland, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said yesterday.