Top Menu

Archive | Politics

ethics

Ethics shouldn’t have to be the Election Issue

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 […]

Continue Reading
 Janette Walker

Labour’s candidate for Kaikoura wants to license recreational fishers

It isn’t often the Morgan Foundation honours our politicians, but then it isn’t often they are brave enough to take positions of true leadership. Labour’s candidate for Kaikoura, Janette Walker, has put forward the idea of licensing recreational fishers between 18-65 and using the revenue to fund an advocacy group. Suggesting licensing to a community […]

Continue Reading
Reconstruction of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi

Limits to the Treaty of Waitangi partnership

For decades New Zealanders have listened to influential lawyers and political leaders talking about a ‘Treaty partnership’ between Maori and the rest of society (or the ‘Crown’). Significant changes to the way we govern ourselves as a country have been introduced in the name of the Treaty partnership. The Independent Maori Statutory Board (IMSB) set […]

Continue Reading
Politics and pokies a bad mix

Politics and pokies a bad mix

There’s a bill in front of Parliament that advocates local councils be given the job of allocating gaming proceeds and deciding the location and number of machines in their area. The argument is that councillors are the right folk to reduce problem gambling, which affects about 2 per cent of recreational gamblers. (more…)

Continue Reading

Distributive Justice and Incentives: A Global Perspective

BY GARETH MORGAN 16% of the world's population controls 80% of global wealth If all the world's citizens consumed the amount of resources the average American does we'd need the resources of 7 globes Over the 1990s, management of US firms have increased their remuneration proportionally more than the increase of the shareholder wealth they've […]

Continue Reading

A Revival for the Old Paternalism

Gareth Morgan, Director of Gareth Morgan Investments The chasm between the views of John Luxton and Winston Peters on government ownership of productive assets, epitomises the distance that National has traveled since its ignominious defeat at the polls in 1984. That whitewash which gave rise to Rogernomics rendered Rob Muldoon's economics to the trash can […]

Continue Reading

Council Rates Amount to Social Welfare in Local Form

Gareth Morgan, Director of Gareth Morgan Investments Local councils which levy rates according to a formula whereby higher value properties pay proportionately more, are still muddled in their thinking. To be consistent with recent moves they have made to exit the role of social welfare agencies, they need to reform their rating so that houseowners […]

Continue Reading