Air slide gives thrills; wins award

Published in the National Business Review of 28 July 2006

Air New Zealand has hit back at critics of its proposed trans tasman code share deal with QANTAS with a glossy brochure focusing on the unused capacity on airline flights distributed widely in the Wellington business community this week.

"Approximately 6 300 seats aren't taken every day on trans tasman flights," - the equivalent of 43 A320 aircraft flying empty each week, the airline states in the 28 page booklet entitled Is that seat taken?

Air New Zealand pushes empty seats case

Published in the National Business Review of 28 July 2006

Air New Zealand has hit back at critics of its proposed trans tasman code share deal with QANTAS with a glossy brochure focusing on the unused capacity on airline flights distributed widely in the Wellington business community this week.

"Approximately 6 300 seats aren't taken every day on trans tasman flights," - the equivalent of 43 A320 aircraft flying empty each week, the airline states in the 28 page booklet entitled Is that seat taken?

Prosperity - Is it all in how we think?

Published in Plenty magazine - a publication of the Hanover Finance Group - July 2006

Two interesting things happened in May. One was that some workers on an oil rig off Taranaki went on strike over their pay. The second was the announcement that New Zealand had slipped six places to number 22 on World Competitiveness Index.

By contrast Australia had risen three places to ninth, and cuts in personal tax were announced in that country's budget, but there would be none for us in New Zealand.

Growth group revives aims

Published in the National Business Review 14 July 2006

Business lobby group, Parties for Growth has changed its name and is increasing its activities to keep economic growth on the minds of politicians and the public.

The group was established in May 2004 by leading business man Roy Savage to persuade New Zealanders that growth and prosperity were important.

The group was active in the lead up to the last election, hosting meetings with the main political parties and running a modest advertising campaign.

Let's sell the lot

Published in the National Business Review 14 July 2006

The Family Silver
By Richard Shallcrass
Victoria University Press 240 pages RRP $29.95

A man who sold many state assets, and was later made redundant, offers a personal reflection on his life and times in this autobiography.

Richard Shallcrass, a top Treasury official largely approved of the Rogernomics reforms, but not because of any intense moral belief about individual responsibility or ideological conviction about a smaller state.

Secrecy surrounds code share process

Published in the National Business Review 14 July 2006

A decision on the Air New Zealand/QANTAS code share application for trans tasman flights looks to be months away with the Ministry of Transport, acting on legal advice, throwing up a wall of silence on the matter.

Transport Minister Annette King has delegated the decision to her ministerial colleague, Pete Hodgson, and his spokesman told the NBR that the Minister expected to make a decision by Christmas. Ministry officials were "not rushing it", the spokesman said.

Key outlines right path for SOEs

Published in the National Business Review of 16 June 2006

The National Party wants state owned enterprises to be more exposed to market scrutiny even if it is not yet advocating a major sell off.

Finance spokesman John Key in a speech yesterday to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce responding to government announcements on widening the role of SOEs, said diversification of their activities into related areas was going in the wrong direction.

Opening them up to market scrutiny was a better option, he said.

Further legal hurdle for airlines' code share deal

Published in the National Business Review 2 June 2006

Air New Zealand's plan to avoid Commerce Commission scrutiny of its proposed trans - tasman code share deal with QANTAS has struck another hurdle in the form of a legal opinion that the Minister of Civil Aviation cannot approve all of the application.

The two airlines have applied for approval of their proposed Tasman Networks Agreement (TNA) to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in Australia, but in New Zealand the application is to the Minister of Civil Aviation.

Was the original sale of Telecom botched?

ublished in the National Business Review 2 June 2006

In September 1990, the Labour government sold the Telecom Corporation of New Zealand to an American consortium of Bell Atlantic and Ameritech for $4.25 billion.

It was the single-biggest asset sale by the New Zealand government during the privatisation process.

Was the sale process a sound one? Was the price fair? And did the sale deliver a good telecommunications system to New Zealand? Arguably not, say two former senior Telecom executives involved in the sale.

Adopt a species plan fails

Published in the National Business Review 19 May 2006

A conservation initiative aimed at businesses which use the names of endangered wildlife as a corporate identity, brand or trade mark has foundered for lack of interest

The initiative, launched in late April, was the brain child of the New Zealand National Parks and Conservation Foundation.