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Harcourts NZ CEO Predicts More Positive Figures

Harcourts NZ CEO Predicts More Positive Figures

While across the industry historically low numbers of properties changed hands last month, Harcourts New Zealand CEO Bryan Thomson says Harcourts' performed strongly and initial February figures suggest a more "encouraging" level of activity this month.

Better Use Of Doctors Rather Than More Money

Better Use Of Doctors Rather Than More Money

Rather than spending more money on doctors, we first need to make better use of the ones we have, argues economist Gareth Morgan.

Receivership Sale Brings An End To Family Farmers' Dreams

Two brothers' dreams of owning and running a large scale sheep and beef farming operation in the Central North Island have seen their ambitions disappear - with the announcement of a receivership sale of their sizeable landholdings.

Appetite For Acquisitions

Over a third of New Zealand's privately held businesses expect to grow by acquisition over the next three years, well up on the global average and slightly ahead of 2009, according to a global survey of over 7000 privately held businesses by accounting firm Grant Thornton.

Solid 'Business As Usual' First Half For Mighty River Power

Solid 'Business As Usual' First Half For Mighty River Power

Mighty River Power today announced a solid half year result for the period to 31 December 2009, reflecting the continued success of the company's diversified generation strategy and geothermal development programme.

Two Commerce Commission Members Do An About-Face

Two Commerce Commission Members Do An About-Face

Two members of the Commerce Commission have done an about-face, after repeated voluntary undertakings from the big telcos - while another, Anita Mazzoleni, has sided with consumers, the Drop the Rate, Mate! campaign said today.

Property Sector Does Not Receive Special Tax Privileges

Property Sector Does Not Receive Special Tax Privileges

Geordie Hooft, Tax partner at Grant Thornton New Zealand, rebutts claims that the property sector enjoys priviledged status A lot of criticism has been directed towards the property investment sector because of perceived "loopholes" in the taxation of income from rental properties.

New Zealand-Based Vision Securities Ltd. Assigned 'B/B' Ratings; Outlook Negative

New Zealand-Based Vision Securities Ltd. Assigned 'B/B' Ratings; Outlook Negative

Melbourne, Feb. 22, 2010Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said today it has assigned its 'B' long-term counterparty credit rating on Vision Securities Ltd. (VSL), a mezzanine property-development financier in New Zealand. At the same time we assigned our 'B' short-term rating.

Mobile Broadband Will Dominate Broadband Connections In China In 2014

Mobile Broadband Will Dominate Broadband Connections In China In 2014

For Immediate Release. Melbourne, 22nd February 2010.

Ovum estimates that by 2014, China fixed broadband connections will grow to 174 million, while total broadband connections (including mobile broadband) will exceed 551 million.

Demand Still High For Skilled It Professionals: Kelly Survey

Industries still reporting IT skills shortage Communication most in-demand 'soft' skill - also in greatest shortage Linked-In beats out Facebook for social network recruitment