Parents will know the pester power unleashed by offering collectables ...
The property market is New Zealand’s drug of choice – ...
The top tax rate on income continues to be a ...
What an indictment of our democracy that it’s the behaviour ...
Parents will know the pester power unleashed by offering collectables such as toys (or in the case of Countdown, cards). This tactic has long been used by fast food companies to lure in kids. Now it is being used as part of the war between the supermarket duopoly. The power of peer pressure in the […]
The property market is New Zealand’s drug of choice – and Auckland and Christchurch are the chief junkies. Instead of trying to wean people off the housing market kick, National wants to help middle-class first home buyers get hooked. New Zealand’s housing market is overheated – no one is arguing about that. The best way […]
We wrote the book Health Cheque back in 2009, and it is surprising how little has changed in five years. In that book, we found that our health system performs pretty well on a tight budget, at least compared with other systems overseas. And yet, like many other countries we face huge challenges in coming years, […]
There has been much talk of the obscene amounts of money some CEO’s are earning, both here in New Zealand and abroad. Some have even suggested the idea of regulating CEO’s pay packets in an effort to reduce inequality. Firstly let’s deal to the idea of regulating the pay packets. Regulating CEO pay packets Any […]
Over the weekend on the Q and A TV show Paula Bennett, Minister of Social Welfare, dismissed as invalid any comparison between the income support given to the elderly in New Zealand and the income support given to children. She wasn’t prepared to compare the two policies, both of which provide tax-funded income to people. […]
The top tax rate on income continues to be a political football and is emerging as a key battleground in this election. Shame it is an outdated and inefficient way to raise extra cash for the Government. National’s first term saw the infamous tax switch, which dropped the top tax rate to 33%, raising GST […]
What an indictment of our democracy that it’s the behaviour of our political actors that has captured the imagination of the media rather than their policies. Whether this is because the media is so lightweight that it couldn’t do analysis of policy if it tried, whether it’s because there is little policy of content to […]
Crofton Downs from Gareth Morgan on Vimeo. The pest-free “halo” around the Zealandia sanctuary is being extended to Crofton Downs, thanks to a $5000 gift from the Morgan Foundation. The Enhancing the Halo project focuses mainly on Zealandia, but also has the long-term goal of making Wellington the first predator-free capital in the world. A […]
Judging by the questions we have received, inequality seems to be one of the hot topics of this election. There are probably a number of reasons for this. The 2010 book Spirit Level summarised the latest incarnation of this debate, arguing that more unequal countries do worse on a range of measures including health (especially […]
What are we to make of the recent stoush between Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy and Jamie Whyte, leader of the ACT party? Unfortunately it illustrates everything that is wrong with the way New Zealand currently debates two very important issues – the over-representation of Maori among New Zealand’s disadvantaged and the political rights […]