The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is probably the most ...
At Waitangi Andrew Little plunged into the freshwater debate, and ...
John Key’s state of the nation speech promised to sell ...
It has been a big year for the vision of ...
Auckland City Council is currently reviewing its animal management bylaws, and looking at the management of cats. The submission by SPCA Auckland (delivered by stalwart Bob Kerridge) clearly shows they are determined to live in denial about the cat problem. It is time to manage cats in the same way we do dogs. Bob’s submission […]
The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is probably the most talked about economic issue of the year, apart from our age-old favourite – housing. Today the TPPA will even be the focus of protest marches around the country. As many of you have pointed out, we at the Morgan Foundation have been uncharacteristically silent on […]
Howie Tamati, sole Maori councillor on the New Plymouth District Council, sees the granting of Maori wards on local councils as a step in the right direction, “not the right answer but a start” (Insight, Radio NZ, March 1st). He is wrong, very wrong. New Zealand is a democracy and democratic rights of the individual […]
Our blog on Taxing the Mega-Rich for their Kiwi Hideaways galvanised two reactions from readers – one xenophobic a la the Winston Peters followers, and one enlightened. The enlightened folk recognise that foreign investment, tourism and immigration can all be hugely beneficial to New Zealanders if we’re smart enough to take advantage of the opportunities […]
We have a lot of people talking about growth and that we cannot have unlimited growth in a sustainable world. Of course, nothing is a simple as it seems. So in this video Geoff goes right back to the basics and explains what “growth” is and how it is different to our idea of “progress”. […]
Our new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is looking at introducing a Health Target to control child obesity. This seems like a great idea. Unfortunately his Government has already ruled out any of the policies that would be effective in achieving that target. So the question is why is he bothering? New evidence Last week the […]
The above photos were taken over the past week in the Waikato region. If someone can use water and someone else can’t – when they both take water from the same river – it tells us someone has ownership rights and others don’t. Fresh water is already owned As we pointed out in our blog […]
The UK media have been reporting on the global elite buying up secluded New Zealand ‘bolt-holes with airstrips’. The story goes that these properties are being snapped up in case of a ‘global uprising’ where the poor rise up against the super rich. While this is in some ways a compliment about New Zealand’s perceived […]
The debate over whether cholesterol and saturated fat or sugar and refined carbohydrates are the greatest dietary evil has once again raised its ugly head. These arguments between nutritionists leave people confused in their quest for a longer, healthier life. And in many ways, the confusion is completely unnecessary. There is actually a lot nutritionists […]
It seems we stirred some people up talking about water rights the other day. If you are having trouble getting your head around the fact that people own water, this video from Geoff may help.