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How can we build Heartland New Zealand’s understanding of the Treaty?

Continuing our series for discussion from the c.200 video clips we assembled from interviews of 60 New Zealanders, this week we hear from Andrew London, musician. He talks about the differences between attitudes toward the treaty and race relations in provincial towns as opposed to Wellington; the home of government which has driven the modernisation of the treaty’s […]

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PM’s flag preference is underwhelming

Prime Minister John Key contextualised his decision to invoke the flag change process with an update of his thinking published in the national dailies last Saturday. Much of what he says I endorse totally. Our current flag is not only passed its used-by date, as a 19th Century defaced British naval ensign it was never […]

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We need to start thinking quickly about the effects on New Zealand of China’s economy

Last week I gave a presentation about the ‘big picture’ to a gathering of government officials in Wellington. I talked about China’s economy and financial market volatility, rather on-the-money topics given this week’s global stock-market meltdown! Here is a potted-version of that presentation.   Global outlook When anybody says ‘global economy’ they’re really talking about […]

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Universal Basic Income

Call for a UBI gains momentum

The idea for an unconditional basic income (UBI) is not new – it has been around since at least the 1960s. Its time seems to have finally come as the international calls for the UBI continue to mount – and they are coming from those on all sides of the political spectrum. In developing countries […]

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Landcorp Shouldn’t Exist

After the downfall of Solid Energy, we have seen increased scrutiny of Landcorp – another State Owned Enterprise (SOE) that has recently taken on more debt. This debt has been taken on to fund large scale conversions of pine to pasture. We commented earlier this week on the environmental and treaty implications of these conversions […]

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Being Pakeha

  Last week’s comment from Susan Guthrie highlighted one of the differences between Pakeha and Maori culture – Pakeha struggling with discussions that don’t stick to a strict meeting schedule. This week’s from Dave Armstrong highlights one of commonalities that have emerged over the 175 years of our cohabitation. In this video, Dave points out that […]

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