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Federated Farmers need to own their shit

The problem with Conor English is that he stubbornly refuses to answer the charge that Fed Farmers think that it is a birthright for its members to vandalise the environment and smash the rights of others, all for the pursuit of profit. Nothing wrong with profit of course, it’s the market measure, but when it […]

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Myself, Paul Collins & the Hammer

Welnix and the Hurricanes

As you may have seen in the media Welnix, the group that I am involved in which owns the Wellington Phoenix, has just bought a stake in the Wellington Hurricanes. The investment in the Hurricanes is very much a Welnix investment and not a Phoenix investment but benefits should accrue to The Phoenix, through cross-code […]

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Housing boom figures should convince government to put its hands back on the steering wheel

Housing boom figures should convince government to put its hands back on the steering wheel

Guest post by Bernard Hickey There’s a tipping point for any pragmatic policy-maker where the facts change to such an extent as to render any existing strategy redundant. Depression-era economist John Maynard Keynes explained his change of mind on monetary policy after the Depression thus: “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do […]

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We have to abandon the idea that the only decent home is one sitting alone on a plot of land

Gareth’s Five Point Affordable Housing Plan for New Zealand

You don’t need a fancy Commission, costing over $4 million a year, to tell you what to do about house prices and worsening housing affordability, especially Auckland housing affordability. It’s blindingly obvious. There are four significant forces behind the housing affordability problem. These forces affect all of New Zealand and are particularly obvious in Auckland; […]

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Graeme Wheeler LVR

Welcome to the New Reserve Bank Governor

It’s refreshing to hear a new perspective from the Reserve Bank on the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis and the challenges it presents to the New Zealand economy. New Governor Graeme Wheeler is correct to say that Quantitative Easing cannot be seen as the silver bullet to restoring global prosperity. One of the ironies […]

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