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Migration matters for house prices

They say a picture can paint a thousand words – so let’s save words and cut straight to the chase on the issue of immigration and house prices…     Over the past two decades migration has had a strong influence on New Zealand’s property prices. Net long term inward migration is the number of […]

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Cats will damage your mind

A “mind-bending” disease found in cat faeces and spread to human brains has been enlisted in Gareth Morgan’s war on moggies. About 40 per cent of people in New Zealand are infected at some time in their lives with toxoplasmosis – an incurable disease caused by a parasite that lives only in cat faeces and […]

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Shifting the Blame for Weight Gain

The food industry seems to love finding new ways to tell people that it is their fault they are overweight. According to new research from the British sugar lobby, obesity is due to people not knowing what their daily intake of calories should be. Education is clearly the answer. How this is passed off as science […]

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Labour fires the first shot on water quality

The media may have ignored it but Labour Deputy David Parker’s speech at the Cashmere Club last week was well worth a listen. In that speech, Parker delivered a clear message to farmers. Degradation of water quality in New Zealand’s streams, rivers and lakes is not an acceptable consequence of agricultural expansion. Articulating aspirations I […]

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The war on sugary drinks

Should sugary drinks be taken as seriously as tobacco and alcohol? New Zealand’s obesity crisis and the sugar consumption feeding it looks set to become a hot topic this election year. A group of health experts want to see sugar taxed and school controls brought back, and now they are taking their radical plan to […]

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Why compulsory savings won’t cure our ills

It is unfortunate but true that many myths have been peddled by successive governments in relation to KiwiSaver. The latest policy offering from the Labour Party reflects a poor understanding about the limits of KiwiSaver and related issues. This is a major flaw in the comprehensive economic policy it announced last week. Myth one: compulsory private […]

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Why We Need To Shift To Wealth Taxes

There is an intellectual storm sweeping through the corridors of academia and power in Western countries. New Zealand will no doubt catch up in time and a good thing too. It’s a revolution in understanding about inequality, wealth and the role of tax. In his pioneering 2014 opus, Capital in the 21st Century, French economist […]

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Rats & Mice

Our recent cat camera survey has rekindled the debate on wandering cats, and the risks they pose by killing native wildlife and spreading disease, let alone to themselves. The response from some was to express concern about that old chestnut – that managing domestic cats might let loose a plague of rodents. This response is […]

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