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Dunne and Dusted

United Future underlined its dinosaur status yesterday with its “Outdoors” spokesperson’s response to our blog on Labour Party hopeful Janette Walker’s idea of licensing recreational fishers. The press release was full of falsehoods but the real question is whether United Future are secretly planning a Mugabe style nationalisation of the property rights of commercial fishers. […]

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Ruataniwha/ Tukituki: A Dummies Guide

There has been a lot of noise about the Ruataniwha dam, which was proposed for the Tukituki catchment in the Hawkes Bay. And rightly so, because the decision is a big deal for the way we manage our fresh water. Have you ever wondered what it all means? All dams aren’t evil – in fact […]

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Food Labelling – A Tantalising Taste of Change

The Government, in line with our Australian cousins, is finally bringing in a new front of pack labelling system for all packaged food (the stuff at the supermarket). It’s a step in the right direction, but we desperately need more before the diabetes problem runs away with us. It’s taken three years, and the preferred […]

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Our Politician of the Week

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 […]

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Politicians reach a new low on tax

Wouldn’t it be nice if elections were about uncovering the best government policies and the best people to implement them? Isn’t that why we have a democracy in the first place? Well, we can kiss that illusion goodbye. Take a look at the way the major parties are behaving around tax. They’re squabbling about the […]

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Marine Protection Good For Business

Most of our country is under water. 95% in fact. Given we have so much ocean, there is bound to be plenty of resource out there – including fish, energy, oil, ironsands and minerals (like phosphate on the Chatham Rise). There are massive economic opportunities, and our Government knows it, which is why they have […]

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Wellington Free Ambulance from Jo

Jo Morgan and her great friend, Ann Selkirk, were happy to donate money towards a new Wellington Free Ambulance yesterday.  This has been a personal interest for Jo, as she believes this is a vital service to the Wellington community … and maybe it was some forward thinking (with all her mountain climbing adventures).  

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Come on Bill, at least tax the Rich fairly

Enough ducking of the issues! Bill English’s response to Oxfam’s report about rising wealth inequality was to point to a government report which suggests income inequality hasn’t got worse over the last ten years. In other words the Minister doesn’t want to talk about wealth, just about income. New Zealand’s tax policies don’t attempt to […]

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