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If we are serious about maintaining or improving the quality of our rivers, why are we still converting land to dairy farming? Most dairy farmers are doing a great job, but the problem facing some of our rivers is the sheer number of dairy cows in the catchment. It isn’t any one farmer’s fault – […]
We’re almost starting to feel sorry for the Reserve Bank. They are caught between a rock and a hard place, with inflation tamed but house prices out of control. They have tried out some tools – the loan to value ratio – and are talking about tightening this further for investors. But that will never […]
The majority (90%) of Kiwis think that obesity is a matter of individual responsibility. They believe that being fat is the result of poor choices, or a lack of self-control. So the natural response to any suggestion to tax junk food is – why are you making me pay for someone’s poor choices? They should […]
In the second of our blogs on immunisation (the first asks whether you should get your child immunised – the answer being, for the good of all of us, a resounding yes!), Jess gives a brief overview of how immunisation works, looks at the current state of immunisation in New Zealand (it is good news) […]
In this video Geoff talks about fresh water standards in New Zealand. Last year we commissioned 16 scientists to look at our fresh water and what we need to do to protect it for the future. Watch Geoff’s video and click the button below to get the full report.
It’s time New Zealand learned what the developing world knows. Having a lot of people living in severe poverty is a disaster, socially and economically. The good news is the developing world has found a solution to it – and it looks a lot like our proposal for an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI). The bad […]
Thomas Piketty’s celebrated 2014 work suggested that in a capitalist economy wealth naturally accumulates and squeezes the share of national income that accrues to workers. Piketty’s ideas have struck a chord with those who believe that there has been a rise in inequality of income and wealth and that governments have failed to do the […]
Irrigation New Zealand and Federated Farmers are calling for public subsidies for irrigation projects. In their view, this year’s drought, and the prospect of more in the future given a changing climate, has underlined the need for increased water storage. In their view it is no different from building roads and other infrastructure, which benefits […]
In the book, Health Cheque, Geoff and I found that in terms of health, prevention is more effective than cure by a factor of four to one. So the Morgan Foundation retains an interest in the issue of prevention, which led to further work on food & nutrition (Appetite for Destruction). Our new researcher Dr Jess […]
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. […]