NZ stocks smacked by smelter review, SkyCity fire

Paul McBeth
Wed, 23 Oct 2019

New Zealand shares dropped as the threat of Rio Tinto pulling the pin on the Tiwai Point smelter saw Meridian Energy and its electricity sector peers sold off sharply. The S&P/NZX 50 Index dropped 169.1 points, or 1.5 percent, to 10,922.11 at 1.30pm, with 27 of the top 50 stocks in the red. The electricity generator-retailers were the hardest hit after global mining giant Rio Tinto said it was reviewing the smelter's future. Meridian dropped 7.8 percent to $4.995 with 5.9 million shares traded at 1.30pm, more than four times its d...
Auckland Council needs to fill $750m shortfall
Brent Melville | Wed, 15 Jul 2020

Auckland Council is facing a "larger than expected" fiscal hole of $750 million this year, including a provision of $224 million to shore up its creaking water infrastructure. In announcing its dec...

Ardern hints at mandatory contact tracing for businesses
Victoria Young | Wed, 15 Jul 2020

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today warned businesses to encourage contact tracing or she might force it upon them. “My message to businesses is to put that poster up. We’ve always said it was volu...

GAVIN EVANS: Southland jobs sacrificed to confused energy policy
Gavin Evans | Wed, 15 Jul 2020

The 2,600 jobs to be sacrificed in Southland next year are a high price to pay for confused energy policy and a multi-decade decline in this country’s economic ambitions. Despite the writing being...