Here is a bit of video overview of our upcoming long drop trip from Russia, via North Korea, the DMZ and into South Korea.
Affter being initially rebuffed, economist Gareth Morgan has finally been granted permission to travel through Korea’s heavily fortified demilitarised zone. The crossing is part of a 40,000-kilometre ride from Russia to New Zealand. He and five others will travel through the DMZ into South Korea at the abandoned village of Panmunjom. The DMZ is a […]
Here is a classic illustration of how stuffed the welfare system is. Housing New Zealand (HNZ) allocates it’s low-rent properties to people based on their income and savings. Ms Bella Bowden easily qualified on all their criteria – a working person on very low pay – and has been a tenant at one property for […]
In 2012 Jo and I travelled back to the Solomon Islands with UNICEF NZ. As well as checking the quality of work on the schools project we had jointly funded, we took time to understand the wider context of development work in the Solomons by visiting a number of health projects and talking with their […]
Watching the political debacle unfolding over housing is as excruciating as watching the Black Caps play test cricket. Tentative steps forward, no application and not daring to do differently characterise both. Some policies are just too important to leave in the hands of politicians. New Zealand was the first in the world to recognise that […]
This week we heard Kiwis clocked the $1.5 billion mark in takeaway consumption last year. This has risen 25 per cent over the past four years, and given most of this food is high in sugar, fat and salt, it is another milestone on the march to our collective doom at the hands of diabetes […]
Bob Kerridge’s resignation from his long reign as SPCA National President offers the organisation an opportunity. Under Kerridge’s dominance the SPCA has veered towards a cat’s rights organisation that puts it at odds with other SPCA’s around the world.
Auckland’s property-market circus a golden opportunity for speculators as home buyers feel the squeeze. We all know Auckland is the battlefront for the current housing explosion. What perhaps we don’t all appreciate is the forces at work. In yesterday’s article I laid out the chronic disease in our housing market and laid the blame for […]
Remedy for New Zealand’s housing bubble needs to focus on curbing investors’ enthusiasm for property. The Reserve Bank has announced it will lift the ratio of deposits to loans in order to take the heat out of the housing market. There are a number of grounds for intervening in the housing market and the appropriate […]
Gareth Morgan is asking Wellington households to pitch in and make their back yard a safe haven for native wildlife. Over the past couple of decades Wellingtonians have invested heavily in our wildlife hotspots – with both money and sweat. We now have world-leading reminders of what our country should be like. All those […]