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In our last blog we looked at whether the claims of ‘rock star’ economist Thomas Piketty held any water or not. Short answer is that some did, some didn’t. In this blog we turn to what we should do about his insights. The purpose of taxes, benefits and the government provision of services is (at […]
‘Rock star economist’ or ‘inequality messiah’ French economist Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty First Century has outsold every other book on the planet this year. The book is so popular because it floats the idea that money makes money, so the wealthy will forever become better and better off than the rest. The […]
What does National’s resounding election win mean for our rivers? As we found in our review of the Government’s water quality framework, we have serious reasons to doubt their commitment to ‘maintain or improve our waterways’. Our concerns are growing given the recent comments of lobby groups Federated Farmers and Dairy NZ, and news of […]
Steve Attwood posted this letter to the SPCA on Facebook the other day. Steve is a great guy and takes some brilliant wildlife photos. We have republished Steve’s letter to the SPCA with his permission. Dear SPCA, I write to you as a long-time supporter. For many years I have donated to your annual appeal, […]
By Gareth Morgan and Geoff Simmons Once again the SPCA has shown it has no empathy with conservation in NZ – they just don’t get it. We already know about the environmental vandalism caused by their trap neuter return policy. Now the Chief Executive Ric Odom has come out against the use of 1080 to […]
With the election out of the way, our focus is going back on our waterways. In coming months we are going to drill down into some of the issues that are facing our fresh water. First out of the blocks we are going to get down and dirty, and talk about some of the crap […]
Earlier this week Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell hung out his flag as the newly appointed Minister of Maori Development. He did so by quite rightly calling time on National’s smug response to news that fewer young people are heading to court. While overall numbers are down, the over-representation of Maori among youth in […]
Massey University scientist Mike Joy has been in the media recently claiming that the Ministry for the Environment has been misleading the public over water quality data. Is he right? We looked at this issue as part of the MyRiver project. What piqued our interest were the differences between the picture of water quality put […]
1080 has been in the press a lot lately – with Auckland Council voting to use it in the Hunua Ranges (a major source of water for Auckland City) and the new Minister of Conservation, Maggie Barry endorsing its use. New science has even ruled it safe to eat trout after a 1080 drop. But […]
Wellington has declared war on predators. Wellingtonians are now trapping in their backyards in record numbers. The success of the backyard trapping programme has prompted the Morgan Foundation, Wellington City Council and Department of Conservation to step up their funding, to help more people join the fight. Wellington is now eyeing up the possibility of […]