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

When trash can be treasure When trash can be treasure

The attack of the new clutter - otherwise known as…

Mary Holm: Beware first-home subsidy traps Mary Holm: Beware first-home subsidy traps

A Q&A on buying a first home using KiwiSaver funds…

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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

Inside Money: Why the financial sales model should be in better shape Inside Money: Why the financial sales model should be in better shape

One of the FMA's key areas of interest next year will…

KiwiSaver: Tax number key to getting Oz super here KiwiSaver: Tax number key to getting Oz super here

I've read a few articles about bringing Australian…

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Employment

Job ads dip in November

Total job advertising has taken an end-of-year dip, falling 0.1 per cent in November after seasonal adjustments, following…

Gift to help with the right attitude

Motivating young people can be difficult, but a group of presenters have taken up the challenge with gusto and are doing…

Economy

Oil volatility tipped to run until end of year
Oil volatility tipped to run until end of year

Oil prices have skidded sharply lower in volatile trade, pushing the US benchmark futures contract to a new five-year low…

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Education

Dita De Boni: Our teachers really do know best Dita De Boni: Our teachers really do know best

The Government would have us believe school teachers…

Schooling boys to be men Schooling boys to be men

Teaching can be a hard job where you're left "wondering…

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John Armstrong on politics

Opinion: 2014: A down and dirty year
Opinion: 2014: A down and dirty year

New Zealand voters can be cruel, ruthless and unforgiving - more so when they are made to feel stupid, writes John Armstrong…

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