Printing money a silly idea. The US and Europe are printing money to dig themselves out of a hole. Therefore we should do the same. Wrong. The difference between both of those giants and New Zealand is enormous. Let’s take the easy one first. The US is the world’s reserve currency. Despite best efforts by […]
As part of the water and sanitation project we carried out in 2008 with UNICEF NZ, there’s been 16 medium depth (20 metre) handwells dug on Pemba island Madagascar. Pemba is the poor cousin of Zanzibar. We’ve been here checking out the performance of the wells, talking to the villagers to see how their lives […]
When asked to support a bird for The Bird of the Year Competition it was an easy choice – the Sooty Shearwater or Titi won hands down. The Kiwi may be our national icon, but all they do is eat roots and leaves. Is that really representative of our country’s culture? We don’t think so. […]
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei last week introduced a Bill in Parliament that extends the child welfare payment currently paid to low income working parents to other low income non-working parents. It is unlikely the Bill will be passed.
It is tempting to call the National Government’s Social Security Amendment (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Bill the most irrelevant sideshow in the circus that is tighter targeting of social benefits. Anyone would think these politicians and the bureaucracy implementing the latest raft of tests for benefit eligibility haven’t a clue what they’re doing. While […]
After the speech that I posted online the other day “Our land, our environment and our economy – Transiting to where“, Kim Hill and I had a really good discussion on the issues. Have a listen below and please leave your thoughts in the comments section. [ca_audio url="http://dl.dropbox.com/u/20778581/transit2.mp3" width="500" height="27" css_class="codeart-google-mp3-player"]
The age of economic prosperity has delivered, however New Zealanders’ expectations of material wealth continue to rise. Can we be satiated or is despoiling of our land and environment an inevitable precondition before our priorities change from consumerism to well-being? The following is a speech recorded at Te Papa by Radio NZ.
Last night Close Up did a spot on Edric Baker’s incredible work amongst the poor and infirm of Bangladesh. His hospital, providing care for the poor by the poor is unique and has stood the test of time – 33 years he’s been at it. Now our challenge is to organize his succession but also […]
Last week the Children’s Commissioner released an “issues and options” report from an expert panel asked to investigate what can be done about child poverty. The panel included medical experts, economists, policy advisers, academics, business lobbyists, consultants and others.
KiwiSaver paper leaves investors in dark In the fourth and final part of a series on investment performance, I look at regulation and information. In New Zealand we still have a long way to go to lift the quality of our investment and savings decisions, and crucial to that is getting fund managers to report […]