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John Key’s state of the nation speech promised to sell off state houses (1,000-2,000 this year, 8,000 by 2017) and boost the number of social housing subsidies. This has prompted the usual bleats from the political left, but we needn’t be worried. The voluntary sector has a good record of running social housing overseas, and […]
We have long written that the problem in NZ’s housing market, which more and more people are finally acknowledging, is a crisis, is a crisis of demand not of supply. Central to the causation of inflated demand are two factors. Firstly a terrible flaw in our taxation regime, wherein housing is one of the best […]
Since we have started the Whiteboard Fridays/Wednesday we have been talking a lot about capital taxes, universal basic incomes and flat taxes. Several people have asked what in means for them. In this Whiteboard Wednesday video, Geoff talks us through how the ideas in The Big Kahuna. We have also made this handy calculator, so you […]
Last week I said too many Pakeha were ignorant about the Treaty. Predictably this upset some people, but I stand by it, because it is an issue of fact. We researched this in our book Are we there yet?: The Treaty of Waitangi sits right in the middle of 21st century New Zealand life. The […]
Kia ora koutou, My name as some of you will know is Gareth Morgan, I was born and raised in Putaruru in the South Waikato by my mother and father. My Father was Roderic Morgan and my mother Mary Morgan who both came from Cardiff, in Wales. My wife is Joanne Morgan and together we […]
As part of our conversation on the Future of the Treaty of Waitangi, Gareth is visiting Ratana Church today. As he sets out in the interview with Mark Sainsbury, he will be calling on Pakeha to live up to the promises made in the Treaty 175 years ago. Many New Zealanders think that the Treaty process […]
Yesterday we saw why our current benefit system is broken. Instead of our complex, bureaucratic welfare system that stigmatizes the worst off people in our society, we think every adult in our country should receive an unconditional basic income. New Zealand is a rich country, we can afford it. An unconditional basic income recognises everyone’s […]
Our current welfare system is broken, and is in need of a radical fix. It is time to ditch it, and start over. Here are 10 reasons why we think this is the case. Tomorrow we will look at what we would replace it with. 1. It stops people starting businesses or pursuing their dream […]
Positive discrimination is not wrong per se, in fact sometimes it is necessary to overcome the lingering disadvantage faced by certain groups. However, it must be used carefully to ensure it doesn’t increase resentment or division in society. Favouring any group on the basis of descent (or any other unchangeable characteristic) provides an incentive for […]
So far we’ve identified the achievements of the Treaty settlement and reconciliation process, and flagged that the process is now being pushedbeyond the point of being useful. Let’s turn to how important Maori aspirations can be addressed more effectively and sustainably than the current Waitangi Tribunal process will manage. We’re clear the conversation about Maori […]