Wellington, July 3 NZPA - Kiwibank has reduced home loan interest rates, bringing most fixed rates below 9 percent a year. The key three-year rate was down to 8.79 percent, which Kiwibank said was significantly below competitor banks.
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - A hungry baby's early morning cries have been credited with saving the home of a New Plymouth family. When Laura Greenhow, 21, responded to nine-month-old Aliana's cries at 5am, she heard popping and saw flames coming from the garage of their Omata Rd home.
Wellington, July 1 NZPA - Stricken NZAX-listed Propertyfinance group (PFG) today reported a $6.7 million loss for the March year, twice as bad as it reported in a preliminary report in April.
By Simon Louisson of NZPA Wellington, June 20 NZPA - It seemed like a worse week than it actually was. Each day this week the NZSX-50 gross index fell and it sank to its lowest level in 28 months. However, the percentage fall for the week was only just over 3 percent.
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, June 18 NZPA - Social Development Minister Ruth Dyson today said the Government was looking at a mandatory code of practice, to protect the elderly, for those offering reverse mortgages.
Wellington, June 17 NZPA - The sharemarket top 50 benchmark index today fell to its lowest level since March 2006. The NZSE-50 fell to 3395.858 at 10.44am today, marginally beating the previous year low of 3395.859 set on March 27. The index was down 10.439 points today.
Wellington, June 15 NZPA - The New Zealander who became known as the "Elephant Man" due to the violent reaction he had in a drugs trial, has become a father.
Wellington, June 12 NZPA - A fall in mortgage rates which started with last week's Reserve Bank statement has now seen a widespread move by banks to lower rates. A standard two-year fixed rate of 9.2 percent is now common.
Wellington, June 10 NZPA - A small rise in mortgage application figures released by credit information provider Veda Advantage is being viewed as a "hint" of some stability in the housing market.
Wellington, June 9 NZPA - Retailer Postie Plus Group is reporting a 7.5 percent fall in third quarter sales to $29.5 million. That took sales for the nine months to the end of April to $95.3m, down 1.75 percent from $97m in the corresponding period a year earlier.
Wellington, June 6 NZPA - The spy scandal that engulf ed senior civil servant Bill Sutch had its final chapter today with the release of his Security Intelligence Service (SIS) file which vindicates him and provides relief for his family.
Wellington, June 5 NZPA - Westpac and ASB Bank cut fixed home lending rates today after the Reserve Bank signalled an interest rate cut by the end of the year.
By Simon Louisson of NZPA Wellington, June 5 NZPA - Reserve Bank (RB) governor Alan Bollard threw borrowers an interest rate lifeline today in the face of a rapidly sinking economy and inflation soaring to 4.7 percent.
By Simon Louisson of NZPA Wellington, June 5 NZPA - The Reserve Bank today said it expects the annual inflation rate to leap to 4.7 percent this year, the highest level in 18 years, but bank governor Alan Bollard still signalled a cut in interest rates.
Wellington, June 5 NZPA - A sharp decline in jobs and retail sales in the March quarter were insufficient to persuade Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard to cut interest rates today.
Wellington, June 4 NZPA - Personal and corporate income tax cuts are a good use of the budget surplus to counter economic slowdown, according to the latest OECD report on the New Zealand economy.
Wellington, June 3 NZPA - Prime Minister Helen Clark says opinion polls won't show the true level of the Government's support until the National Party reveals its policies and says how it will pay for them.
Wellington, May 30 NZPA - Lombard Group sank to a $21.8 million annual net loss after directors decided to write down its Lombard Finance and Investments Ltd business, which was placed in receivership in April.
Wellington, May 28 NZPA - Mortgage rate rises are costing families in Nelson an extra $50 million a year, Parliament was told today.
Wellington, May 27 NZPA - ANZ National Bank is increasing its short-term fixed mortgage lending rates tomorrow, but cutting some longer-term rates by 15 basis points. The owner of the ANZ and National Bank is also increasing deposit rates by up to 50 basis points.
Wellington, May 27 NZPA - Business confidence remains low in May, depressed by slowing economic growth and rising costs, the National Bank said.
The Government and National both believe large-scale tax cuts can be delivered without delaying mortgage interest rate relief for struggling families.
Wellington, May 23 NZPA - The Government and National both believe large-scale tax cuts can be delivered without delaying mortgage interest rate relief for struggling families.
By Simon Louisson of NZPA Wellington, May 23 NZPA - On Thursday week we are likely to know how much of Finance Minister Michael Cullen's budget largesse will be clawed back.
Finance Minister Michael Cullen has played what could be one of his last political aces and delivered tax cuts in his ninth budget today.
By NZPA Political Reporters Wellington, May 22 NZPA - Finance Minister Michael Cullen has played what could be one of his last political aces and delivered tax cuts in his ninth budget today.
Criminal prosecutions against finance companies that have misled investors will be funded from the Securities Commission's litigation fund, Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel said today.
Wellington, May 21 NZPA - Criminal prosecutions against finance companies that have misled investors will be funded from the Securities Commission's litigation fund, Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel said today.
Wellington, May 21 NZPA - Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel this morning gave an impassioned plea for lenders owed money by people who invested in failed Blue Chip companies not to make demands until investigations are complete.
Wellington, May 20 NZPA - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has raised concerns about disruptions to New Zealand's access to offshore funding, but says its sound banking system and focus on inflation would help cushion the economy.
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