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One in three Kiwi kids are overweight or obese. They face a life where they are 3-10 times more likely to be obese, and this weight will be harder for them to shift than it is for others. Long term, diabetes, heart disease and an early death beckons. Junk food advertising aimed at kids plays […]
International RiverFoundation has announced four finalists for the first Morgan Foundation New Zealand Riverprize, reflecting the high quality of work that is being undertaken in river restoration across the country. The four finalists in the 2015 Morgan Foundation New Zealand Riverprize are the Aorere River (Tasman), Lake Taupo (Waikato), the Manawatu River (Manawatu) and Project […]
Yesterday our Prime Minister admitted that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) would raise the cost of medicines purchased through Pharmac. The government has moved from saying Pharmac wouldn’t be compromised to saying it will but the taxpayer will fund the damage. He’s also asserting the trade benefits will make it all worthwhile – at the […]
It is your turn to choose the winner of our flag competition. At the bottom of this blog is a poll where you can choose between the judges picks, my favourite, and the winner we ended up agreeing on. I’ve also thrown in the current public favourite. But before you take the poll, I ask […]
Why did I run the competition? It was clear from the public’s response that the understanding of what the current flag represents is minimal. It’s a defaced British naval ensign, modified first in 1867 as required by the British Colonial Navy Defence Act, so that the activities of the colonial government could be differentiated from […]
This week is Maori Language week. With that in mind, it is good to see the Minister of Education defending the proper pronunciation of Maori names despite the barbs being biffed by her colleague Judith Collins, the former Minister of Many Things. Aotearoa New Zealand has come a long way on the bicultural relationship since […]
Many people have been asking over the last couple of weeks if Australia and New Zealand will follow the same path as Greece. This Whiteboard Friday compares the three economies and tells us who is going to be healthy and who’s going to be hurting over the coming years.
Economist Dr Gareth Morgan, who earlier this year was accused by the New Zealand media of labelling pakeha New Zealanders “blissfully ignorant”, is about to share with the public part-two of an ongoing project about the Treaty of Waitangi. “Talk Treaty” follows on from the book “Are we there yet” co authored by Dr Morgan […]
Paddy Gower’s interview with Sir Mark Solomon of Ngai Tahu on the weekend was an illuminating insight into the negotiations between Crown and iwi leaders over the fresh water resource. There is much that we agree with Solomon on the topic of water, but he is also overlooking the importance of trading and price if […]
We’ve been pretty critical of the Productivity Commission in the past for endorsing more sprawl as a response to the housing crisis, but their Using Land for Housing draft report released a couple of weeks ago gets some things dead right. In the Commission’s crosshairs are a few dumb planning regulations for which they’ve concluded […]