Dene Mackenzie

Auckland driving NZ housing policy

Auckland driving NZ housing policy

Auckland driving NZ housing policyIf there was any doubt about why Auckland needed special rules to help with its housing demands, it was removed yesterday in a speech by Reserve Bank deputy governor Grant Spencer. Business editor DeneMackenzie reports.

Annual food price rise of 1.9% highest since 2011

Food prices rose 1.9% in the year to March, the largest annual increase since December 2011, but economists say broader food price inflation remains relatively contained.

Priorities R&D and education

Priorities R&D and education

Research and development and education are the priorities for the Government this year as Prime Minister John Key continues his quest for the business growth agenda to drive economic activity.

Business confidence still 'fairly optimistic'

Business confidence remained steady across a broad range of indicators, according to the influential NZIER quarterly survey of business opinion released yesterday.

Curbs on internet freedom opposed

Curbs on internet freedom opposed

Threats to curtail the use of Global Mode will directly curtail internet freedom and should be opposed at every opportunity, Dunedin internet service provider Stewart Fleming says.

Survey expected to show solid activity

Survey expected to show solid activity

In a busy economic week for New Zealand, most attention will be on the release this morning of the March Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion.

Economy status still 'rock star'

Economy status still 'rock star'

The New Zealand economy is still a rock star, according to Paul Bloxham, the man who originally coined the phrase.

Rocking with the best in stage show extraordinaire

Rocking with the best in stage show extraordinaire

Impossibly short skirts, sparkles, long legs, high heels, a sultry saxophone, a titillating trumpet; and all before Rod Stewart took to the stage on Saturday night. Dene Mackenzie relived some of his youth and much more at Rod Stewart - The Hits.

English again misses elusive surplus

English again misses elusive surplus

Don't dream. It's over. Finance Minister Bill English may have to leave Parliament without ever attaining his much sought-after fiscal surplus in the 2015 financial year.

Banks' performance still strong despite quarterly profit dip

Banks' performance still strong despite quarterly profit dip

New Zealand banking profits fell $103 million in the three months ended December but the news is not as bad as it seems.