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All White Flag Shown at the Azteca

It was an embarrassment, not because we lost heavily but because we decided we wouldn’t play. At the Azteca we showed to the world that we are too scared to play football, we have so little confidence in our ability to play this game that we turned up refusing too and instead just tried to […]

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How We Got Fooled by Fake Food

Most people blame gluttony and sloth for the obesity epidemic. While individual choice plays a part, genes and upbringing are far more potent deciders of our fate. Yet this cannot explain the recent spike in obesity. Neither our self-control, nor our genes have changed in the last fifty years. Our genes only determine how fat […]

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Million Dollar Mouse Update

Some of you may have seen this recent blog from James Russell of Auckland University. James is a world expert in rats and mice and in 2012 received the Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize. Earlier this year he made a trip to the Antipodes courtesy of National Geographic in order to do some testing prior to the eradication of mice […]

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Putting the Heat on Milk

Our milk article got a passionate response from many different angles. Perhaps the most common response was that people were surprised to discover that our milk is being watered down. Others condemned the intensification of our dairying and the reliance on palm kernel required to all these cows fed over autumn.  Some felt that we […]

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Graeme Wheeler LVR

LVRs: First Home Buyer Killers

We can expect the LVR (loan to value ratio limits) intervention to impact the housing market. We can also expect first home buyers to be in the firing line of this policy. How ironic, given that the whole issue with the housing market is that it’s locking out many first home buyers. The LVR cure […]

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Fatties: Lazy Pigs or Wrongly Programmed?

We need to change our fatty-bashing culture if we are ever to have a sensible conversation about food and health. The fact is that our obesity and diabetes crisis is not simply a result of gluttony and sloth. The truth is far more complicated than that. New Zealand is in the grips of a food-related […]

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How real is your milk

Dairy is our largest exporter, dominates our landscape and is our greatest contribution to the diet of the world. In the past we have been justifiably proud of this industry, but the relentless push for increased volume is changing it forever. At what point is our milk no longer really milk? As dairy prices have […]

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Headed in the wrong direction

With the local election results out of the way, attention now turns to sorting out our transport network. And judging by the proposals on the table, there is plenty of work to do. National roading projects are judged (in part) by their benefit cost ratios (BCRs). This basically tells us how much benefit we get […]

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