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What’s the real inequality?

 Judging by the questions we have received, inequality seems to be one of the hot topics of this election. There are probably a number of reasons for this. The 2010 book Spirit Level summarised the latest incarnation of this debate, arguing that more unequal countries do worse on a range of measures including health (especially […]

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The investment you have been told is a must have is driving a wedge between haves and have nots

By Gareth Morgan and Susan Guthrie – This is part of a series by the Centre for NZ Progress published in the Herald ‘Progress’ is usually taken to mean moving towards something better. Economists are particularly good at whipping out the ruler to measure progress. Are we earning more? Do more people have jobs? Are we selling […]

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Water Quality & Dairy Conversions

If we really were to maintain or improve the quality of every waterway, what would happen to dairy conversions?  At a first glance, they would have to stop. To maintain or improve the quality of our water, we have to stop putting more gunk in it. Logically that means stopping dairy conversions, or any other […]

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Farmers don’t set out to pollute our rivers

It can be easy to vilify farmers. But no farmer sets out to create pollution, and the evidence suggests that many farmers are either already acting responsibly or that they are lifting their game. In particular, dairy farmers are acting. With an estimated 90% of Fonterra’s waterways already fenced from livestock, action has being taken by […]

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We Are Not Anti Dairy

A common reaction to our clean rivers initiative is that we are anti-dairy farming. This is completely untrue. The truth is that many dairy farmers, with a little cajoling from Fonterra and Dairy NZ, are doing a lot to improve water quality. The vast majority of farmers now control their shed effluent, leaving only a […]

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