Budget 2011

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Diana Clement: It's worth counting actual cost of KiwiSaver
Diana Clement: It's worth counting actual cost of KiwiSaver

The naysayers are out in force. The Budget 2011 cuts to KiwiSaver have the usual bunch of pessimists saying: "That's it…

David Farrar: Labour's lack of discipline

Logically the Labour Party should be rising in the polls, after last week's Budget. For the first time since the Great Depression…

Fraud office budget doubles to $15m

The Serious Fraud Office's budget has been doubled to $15 million as it takes its complex and long-running Hanover and South…

Garth George: Give frontline services what they need

More action, less talk, needed to lift the economy and help our poorer, most at-risk families .

Your Money

'Bubble about to burst' 'Bubble about to burst'

Auckland's sizzling property market could bring New…

Mary Holm: Risks take shine off gold investment Mary Holm: Risks take shine off gold investment

I came across your website, www.maryholm.com, which…

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Sell-off spectre over Kiwibank
Sell-off spectre over Kiwibank

Outlandish Treasury forecasts for Kiwibank's mortgage lending have been challenged by the bank itself and raise questions…

 Dita De Boni : Trying to keep the faith
Dita De Boni: Trying to keep the faith

It depresses me to think that inevitably, one if not all of my children will make their futures offshore.

John Armstrong: Labour confined to a fiscal straitjacket
John Armstrong: Labour confined to a fiscal straitjacket

The message is simple - but one Labour knows it must drill into voters' minds relentlessly this side of the November election. The…

Cartoon: Lunatic prophecies

Budget 2011

Matt McCarten: Emperor Key has no clothes - and no ideas
Matt McCarten: Emperor Key has no clothes - and no ideas

Do you get the sense that the Budget forecast figures are just made up? On Thursday, the Government…

Bernard Hickey: Forecasts hard to believe

The government has forecast a return to budget surplus by 2014/15 and the creation of 170,000 jobs. It has forecast economic…

KiwiSaver changes called 'great tax switcheroo'

For savers who earn more than $58,000, the Government is taking more of previously tax-free employer contributions than…

SOE sell-off avoids interest, says Treasury
SOE sell-off avoids interest, says Treasury

The Treasury estimates the proposed sell-down of state owned enterprises will save taxpayers more in…

Post Budget: National and Labour react

After the Budget: National Prime Minister John Key and Finance Minister Bill English yesterday defended some of the optimistic…

Editorial: Family fine example of decent Kiwis

The Budget should not pass without a pat on the back for Joe and Annemieke Sonneveld, orchid growers at Drury. When…

Brian Gaynor: Wishful thinking and not enough saving

The problem with this week's Budget, and most of its predecessors, is that they are more fiction than fact as far as long-term…

Liam Dann: Key embraces principles of Art of War
Liam Dann: Key embraces principles of Art of War

Economist versus currency trader - who'd win in a bar room brawl? The economist might be finely…

Budget 2011 Archives

KiwiSaver

KiwiSaver tax rates need fixing - savings lobby KiwiSaver tax rates need fixing - savings lobby

New Zealand's tax system heavily penalises KiwiSaver…

KiwiSaver: Growth or caution? - a timely question KiwiSaver: Growth or caution? - a timely question

I am 21 years old and have about $4000 in my KiwiSaver…

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Employment

Perception of bias obstacle to success

Kiwi women should "up the attack" on breaking into top executive ranks and boardroom roles rather than being discouraged…

Living life without feeling like a fraud

A counselling client of mine "Allie" had just been promoted at her law firm. I asked if she was excited.

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Economy

'Chipper' Kiwis push up consumer confidence
'Chipper' Kiwis push up consumer confidence

New Zealand consumer confidence rose in April as Kiwis became more confident about their own financial position, giving…

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Education

Uni cheats: hundreds punished Uni cheats: hundreds punished

Students buying assignments, forging signatures, and…

James Griffin: Tax-free children James Griffin: Tax-free children

Okay, as a change from being the guy who sits back…

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John Armstrong on politics

Oravida affair rocks MP's confidence
Oravida affair rocks MP's confidence

The reluctance of her fellow National MPs to come to her aid no doubt in part reflects their annoyance that she was so silly…

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