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All the talk this week has been about the Auckland housing crisis. We’ve had a lot of questions like ‘why don’t we invest in developing the regions’ or ‘why don’t Aucklanders sell up and move to Palmerston North’. This Whiteboard Friday explores these issues by looking at the economic version of the law of gravity […]
Two years after we first put the cat amongst the pigeons with the Cats to Go campaign, the NZ Vets Association (NZVA) yesterday finally released their definitive, evidence-based position on the issue. The evidence in the report should finally settle the great cat debate: the naysayers will need to accept that cats do have an […]
The Reserve Bank has reopened the debate on the housing crisis, and the responses from all three major parties have been notable for their impotency. Andrew Little appears to have ditched Labour’s brave but ultimately flawed capital gains tax, and joined John Key in the spineless political ‘centre’, where they do nothing and hope the […]
If we are serious about maintaining or improving the quality of our rivers, why are we still converting land to dairy farming? Most dairy farmers are doing a great job, but the problem facing some of our rivers is the sheer number of dairy cows in the catchment. It isn’t any one farmer’s fault – […]
We’re almost starting to feel sorry for the Reserve Bank. They are caught between a rock and a hard place, with inflation tamed but house prices out of control. They have tried out some tools – the loan to value ratio – and are talking about tightening this further for investors. But that will never […]
The majority (90%) of Kiwis think that obesity is a matter of individual responsibility. They believe that being fat is the result of poor choices, or a lack of self-control. So the natural response to any suggestion to tax junk food is – why are you making me pay for someone’s poor choices? They should […]
In the second of our blogs on immunisation (the first asks whether you should get your child immunised – the answer being, for the good of all of us, a resounding yes!), Jess gives a brief overview of how immunisation works, looks at the current state of immunisation in New Zealand (it is good news) […]
In this video Geoff talks about fresh water standards in New Zealand. Last year we commissioned 16 scientists to look at our fresh water and what we need to do to protect it for the future. Watch Geoff’s video and click the button below to get the full report.
It’s time New Zealand learned what the developing world knows. Having a lot of people living in severe poverty is a disaster, socially and economically. The good news is the developing world has found a solution to it – and it looks a lot like our proposal for an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI). The bad […]
Thomas Piketty’s celebrated 2014 work suggested that in a capitalist economy wealth naturally accumulates and squeezes the share of national income that accrues to workers. Piketty’s ideas have struck a chord with those who believe that there has been a rise in inequality of income and wealth and that governments have failed to do the […]