Otago businesses are reflecting the national downturn in confidence reported in other surveys, due especially to upward wage pressure and staff shortages.
Forestry prices have eased back from the record highs hit in July, but returns are picked to remain positive for the rest of the year.
Fletcher Building may have to consider upping its offer for Steel & Tube, but the biggest hurdle may be gaining Commerce Commission clearance.
Shares in Steel & Tube remained elevated yesterday following Fletcher Building's surprise $282million takeover bid earlier in the week.
The Department of Conservation says no decision has been made on details surrounding its controversial proposal to cull 17,500 Himalayan mountain tahr across the Southern Alps.
Farmers' confidence appears to have gone the way of recent business sentiment, with dairy farmers especially tipping Rabobank's quarterly survey into negative territory for the first time since 2016.
Bitter weather conditions around New Zealand during the past two weeks prompted a large spike in lamb and calf deaths, but the season is on track to reflect five-year averages.
A farmer-led initiative covering six Aparima catchments in Southland is looking at ways to improve land management practices to benefit the environment and local communities.
In a surprise move, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage is today visiting the country’s largest hunting event, the Sika Show and Competition in Taupo.
Otago and Southland have between them topped three consecutive economists’ surveys during the past 10 days. Simon Hartley asks business and farming spokespeople if the statistics are a true reflection of how the provinces are faring.
A long-standing and complex legal dispute has reached a surprise resolution and businessman Mike Pero is now partnering his protagonist, the owner of the mortgage company he founded 27 years ago.
The Reserve Bank's interest-driving offical cash rate (OCR) looks set to be held at the record low 1.75% until 2020, which was widely expected by analysts yesterday.
The controversial tahr cull proposed by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage will not begin this weekend as planned, but she is adamant the "summer control operation" will go ahead.
Six lower South Island companies were announced as regional winners of the Deloitte Fast 50 Index in Dunedin last night, and one Invercargill company won two divisions.
Otago and Southland households are the most optimistic in the country about their outlook for their respective economies.
A large Auckland plumbing wholesaler is opening a branch in Dunedin next month, as it re-enters South Island trading for a second time.
Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage's proposals to cull 17,500 Himalayan mountain tahr has been described as an unnecessary ''large-scale search and destroy'' operation - destined to end up in court.
Otago has recorded a bounce in farm sales during the past three months, but overall the market is down more than 18% against the previous July.
China poses several challenges for Fonterra and a2Milk, and both organisations face the likelihood of short term volatility in sales and earnings.
Central banks' decisions on interest rates are the focus of markets this week, after the strength of the New Zealand dollar waned following five days of gains.