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Taxing Bill English, trustee company shake-up, Dirty Politics and gender diversity

Fri, 22 Aug 2014

Both the Treasury and the Reserve Bank are probably being too downbeat about New Zealand’s economic capacity, Finance Minister Bill English says. But ask him about the scope for tax cuts should National be re-elected into power and he’s less enthusiastic. Tax cuts are likely to take the form of threshold adjustments rather than large dollops, he tells Rob Hosking.

Trustees Executors has jettisoned part of its offshore trust and related services business in a move some see as a precursor to further corporate activity in the local trustee sector. Duncan Bridgeman reports.

The Dirty Politics affair has encircled various political figures, with the media looking to strike out the weakest, but investment markets are blithely ignoring any political fallout. Nevil Gibson puts the listed company reporting season in context.

Business watchdogs have described the latest New Zealand stock exchange statistics on board member male-to-female ratio as disappointing, but the recent listings flurry could boost the figures next quarter. Calida Smylie reports.

The revelations in the South Canterbury Finance fraud trial over the past five months reveal a financier with enormous control over fortunes, who did things his way. Chris Hutching wraps up the trial from Timaru.

An internationally-backed forestry company is attempting to maximise small forest owners’ returns from the estimated $30 billion “wall of wood” by adopting a Fonterra-style co-operative approach to the industry. Agribusiness reporter Jamie Ball questions whether this could be a final solution for the forestry industry.

NBR’s Lobby Watch series focuses on the NZ Property Council and in particular Auckland Council’s membership, which has drawn fire from within.

Neville Bennett weighs up the odds of a Japanese economic recovery, while Nathan Smith analyses China’s “dubious” growth figures.

If Friday afternoon is a graveyard for bad news Cavalier Corporation is dancing in the shadows. Shoeshine previews the carpet maker’s result due out later today

Technology editor Chris Keall gives 2degrees the 3rd Degree – with the highs, the lows and the questions


  • Ad Media reporter Campbell Gibson reveals Y&R’s uncomfortable month
  • Jacqueline Rowarth finds positives in the latest retail trade survey
  • Property reporter Chris Hutching profiles Pakuranga Plaza

All this and more in today’s National Business Review. Out now.

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Taxing Bill English, trustee company shake-up, Dirty Politics and gender diversity