Bill’s budget put a bit of extra change in the ...
Budget 2015 has been touted as a package for the ...
The Reserve Bank has pointed out the key threats to ...
Irrigation New Zealand and Federated Farmers are calling for public ...
The Government is currently consulting on a climate change target for 2030. This Whiteboard Friday argues that as a nation we should be putting our focus on reducing carbon dioxide rather than methane. Sorry to all the vegans out there but there are several reasons why methane may not be as important a priority as […]
I see that 88% of those polled are against changing the flag. Yesterday the second Christchurch meeting to discuss the flag change attracted 14 people – at least they got more people than are on the panel this time. These are just the sort of odds I revel in, so let’s go through the arguments […]
In our last blog on climate change issues we argued that delaying action on carbon emissions is a short term strategy which portends awful long term consequences, – economic, social and environmental. Now we will take a look at the numbers. With the Paris conference on climate change coming up in December, all participating nations […]
In undertaking a new project on kids in this country, finding out what makes life good for all of them (not just some) we are looking at some of the policies that affect kids disproportionality, especially in health. Earlier we covered immunisation, in this blog we look at community water fluoridation. Today’s blog will look […]
Climate change deniers have well and truly been given the flick yet political commitment to policies to reduce carbon footprints remains limp. Given the Government’s quick and dirty climate change consultation (it is 4 weeks long, logically flawed and doesn’t include any proposed targets), they appear to be continuing their ‘do the least possible’ approach. […]
Bill’s budget put a bit of extra change in the pocket of poor families, but that came at the cost of the promised surplus. But should you be worried about it? With government debt still only at 25% of our national income, there is no need to sweat just yet, particularly when our private debt […]
Budget 2015 has been touted as a package for the poor. And it certainly delivers them more money. However, it gives with one hand and takes away with the other, revealing the confusing and perverse nature of our welfare system. Ultimately the system itself is broken, and an Unconditional Basic Income is the only answer […]
This week Canterbury Community Law published some research on what it was like to be a beneficiary in the Canterbury region. While the research was not representative of all beneficiaries’ experiences in New Zealand, it does highlights the dehumanising, belittling, confidence sapping, and stigmatising experience that being on welfare can be. It makes for grim […]
The Reserve Bank has pointed out the key threats to the financial stability of our economy; housing investors in Auckland and the risk that some dairy farmers could be under the hammer if prices stay low. They are stating the bleeding obvious, but it is always nice to hear them speaking up. On Auckland housing […]
The good thing about John Key’s announcement of a selective capital gains tax on Auckland housing is that he has responded to the Reserve Bank’s call to “do something” about the tax distortion around property ownership. There are two bad things though – firstly capital gains is not a smart tax, and secondly the PM […]