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Farmers are waking up to the idea that more conversions in their area will make it harder for them to farm in the future. That is why we have seen agricultural experts and even the Waikato Fed Farmers president Chris Lewis call for a moratorium on converting forest land to dairy pasture in that region. […]
‘The Government doesn’t want to feed the kids’ is the call from the Left since National, Act and United Future voted down a bill to provide lunches in low decile schools last week. The response from Government is that they don’t want to pick up the pieces for irresponsible parents – after all, how hard is […]
Last week the Morgan Foundation submitted to Wellington City Council with the idea of managing cats in sensitive wildlife areas. This would involve micro-chipping, so that owned cats could be returned to their owners. We think it isn’t actually that controversial as far as ideas go, however this sensational headline appeared in the Herald on […]
In February our Health Minister Jonathan Coleman claimed that soft drink taxes wouldn’t work, a claim that was repeated by former Revenue Minister Peter Dunne in the recent Sunday expose on the impact of sugar on our teeth and waistlines. Sorry, Ministers, but you are just plain wrong. We’ve seen the impact of taxation on cigarette smoking, and […]
To paraphrase the Southern Man: She’s a hard road to find the perfect tax system, son. Inland Revenue, local retailers and our politicians are getting hot under the collar about all the revenue being lost on GST from small online purchases. No tax system is perfect, there are always going to be tricky issues at […]
None of those that signed the Treaty would have predicted the huge change that was to follow. We need to honour the spirit of their agreement – that two societies could share a land and flourish, in a way that makes sense in 21st century Aotearoa New Zealand. Click the infographic for a larger size. Statistics […]
The Reserve Bank, faced with soaring Auckland house prices and low inflation, is getting creative. They are looking at making it harder for investors to borrow the money needed to buy rental properties. So at least the RB accepts the problem is a demand one, unlike Bill English who remains deluded thinking that all we […]
Last night’s Sunday programme featured Roby Beaglehole, who is launching a campaign on the impact of sugar, soft drinks in particular. Roby is a dentist who is tired of carrying out expensive and painful operations on little kiddies to remove their teeth. This problem is entirely preventable, and the main cause is the consumption of soft drinks. […]
We’ve had a lot of basic economic questions – last week we looked at what is growth? This week Geoff looks at a question we get a lot – can we have unlimited growth? The answer might surprise you. What other topics would you like to see us tackling on Whiteboard Friday? Let us know […]
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 […]