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 .

Personal Finance

Could you feed a family on $1.50 a day? Could you feed a family on $1.50 a day?

This money blogger has worked out how to feed her…

Where young people are investing Where young people are investing

Gen X and Gen Y are finding innovative ways to invest…

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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…

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KiwiSaver

Small investors treated as second class Small investors treated as second class

COMMENT: The Shareholders' Association is on the warpath…

Govt tells KiwiSaver providers to act quickly Govt tells KiwiSaver providers to act quickly

Four default funds still have ties to companies involved…

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Employment

Poor interviews hurt companies

Bad recruitment policy can affect a company's reputation.

Recruiters don't care about social media

Your future boss has zero interest in your social media profiles, a survey has found.

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Economy

Leaders' rapport positive from Li visit
Leaders' rapport positive from Li visit

COMMENT: Warm relationship will be a plus with trade talks to hammer out.

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Education

'I'd never read a book before' 'I'd never read a book before'

Six inmates were awarded certificates after completing…

Prince George's expensive school uniform Prince George's expensive school uniform

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend over…

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John Armstrong on politics

John Armstrong: Winston becoming NZ's Churchill
John Armstrong: Winston becoming NZ's Churchill

He might prefer whisky and cigarettes to Churchill's port and cigars, but Winston Peters appears as passionate and energised…

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