This morning on Radio NZ we see a story about a school in Auckland where parents are so poor their kids can not participate in school sporting activities. This is on the back of an OECD report released yesterday which hammers home the truth we have been staring at for years – kids who live […]
Kiwis have generously got behind a campaign to buy 7 ...
The controversy over the TPPA looks likely to continue right ...
Over the weekend Labour committed to free education in the ...
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Some people have been upset by the conditions in my offer to help buy the beach in the Abel Tasman. Of course the obvious answer to any deal if you don’t like it is to say ‘no deal’. That’s fine, it is how business works. But before you make up your mind, take a moment […]
Last year the Taxpayers Union launched a research report claiming that a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages wouldn’t have any impact. Apparently they had some numbers to back up that claim, although they didn’t make the data behind them public. That was not a good move. Amidst a blaze of publicity they quizzed those that advocated […]
Kiwis have generously got behind a campaign to buy 7 hectares of beach and scrub, with the aim to fold it into the Abel Tasman National Park. So far the campaign has raised over $1.3m, attracting over 20,000 donors. Even Stuff has got behind the campaign, no doubt sensing that this foray into campaign journalism […]
The latest New Zealand unemployment figures are down, but does that mean that more people are working. Geoff explains in this week’s whiteboard Friday
The controversy over the TPPA looks likely to continue right up to the signing and in the days afterward, with Prime Minister John Key confronting Maori indignation over lack of consultation, and Labour battling internal divisions. Jane Kelsey and other academic commentators have prepared papers for the New Zealand Law Foundation. While we don’t doubt […]
Over the weekend Labour committed to free education in the 21st Century – including 3 years of free post-school education over a person’s lifetime. This is estimated to cost $1.2b by 2025 – but is that the right way to spend that kind of cash? Depending on what they are trying to achieve, Labour’s promise […]
My Poppa was a fighter. At 67 he took me (a 1st XV rugby player) out to round up sheep. After chuckling at me getting bounced off countless times, he caught a sheep with one hand. Twenty years later Poppa met his match – brain cancer. In the end he couldn’t tolerate it any longer, […]
Global stockmarkets are down 8% this year and China is fingered as the main cause of the drop. People are rightly asking why. Over the last 15 years I have started travelling to China frequently. In particular I went beyond the eastern seaboard and into central China and out to the western regions of the […]
Today terminal cancer patient Helen Kelly has lent her weight to Lecretia Seales’ case – calling for people to be allowed the option of assisted dying. Contrast this with Stuff’s article yesterday, which told the story of Jayne Malcolm who never wanted to “give up” on her battle with cancer. The response to that is […]