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 .

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

Fees and returns biggest bugbears for KiwiSaver Fees and returns biggest bugbears for KiwiSaver

Less than half of Kiwis are satisfied with their KiwiSaver…

Time running out to claim KiwiSaver bonus Time running out to claim KiwiSaver bonus

Don't miss out on the extra $521 KiwiSaver contribution…

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Employment

Harold Hillman: Five reasons to find a strong mentor

COMMENT: Find a strong mentor. There's nothing like the wisdom from someone who has been there and back.

Parents set up Givealittle page to support sacked principal

A Givealittle page set up to support a school principal fighting her controversial sacking has raised $700 in two days. Rangiora…

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Economy

Can you sell scents without the sex?
Can you sell scents without the sex?

Some labels are betting that a younger set of customers doesn't crave hyper-sexualised, gender-defined fragrances.

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Education

When are you at your smartest? When are you at your smartest?

New study finds when New Zealanders' literacy and…

Teacher's clever lesson on bullying Teacher's clever lesson on bullying

The teacher used apples to demonstrate to her class…

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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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