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 ...
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 […]
FOOD REVOLUTION DAY IS FIGHTING TO PUT COMPULSORY PRACTICAL FOOD EDUCATION ON THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM. With diet-related diseases rising at an alarming rate, it has never been more important to educate children about food, where it comes from and how it affects their bodies. Read more at http://www.foodrevolutionday.com/campaign/#OWFrgjK7qq7UVQO6.99
When John Key first raised the issue of changing the flag it seemed like a random flight of fancy, especially when he referred to our flag as a “brand” – as though we should decide whether we fancied the silver fern or the Zespri logo. But his musings have provided the opportunity for us to […]
Gareth is on the road at the moment but has taken the time to respond to some of the criticisms of the campaign to change our flag. Our current flag isn’t sacrosanct, in fact history shows it was made up on the spot when we were a British colony. It hasn’t been reviewed despite the […]
We had such great feedback about the video on Jeremy and Kim’s experiment with biological and conventional farming, we thought we’d do another! Here is the lovely Canterbury farming couple with their thoughts on the future of New Zealand farming. What will farming look like in a world with strict limits on the nutrients going […]
I disagree with John Key when he compares our flag to a corporate logo or brand. However, I agree that it is time for us to have another look at our flag, and make sure it reflects the story of who we are as a nation. I don’t think the current one does that. In […]