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Could the TPP become Key’s most embarrassing moment?

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 […]

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How do we stop land banking?

The Productivity Commission has produced a draft report that looks at ways to increase the supply of land for housing. The report includes many good ideas, such as getting rid of minimum parking requirements, which we will talk about in future blogs. One of the Productivity Commission’s ideas is to charge rates on public land […]

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Labour – focusing on the ‘Wong’ things

Labour has got itself in a tangle over their ‘leak’ of Auckland housing data. Putting aside the politics of playing the race card, are they right? Foreign buyers may well be contributing to the Auckland housing crisis. But should it come as any surprise that foreigners are keen to share in the tax breaks that […]

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Geopolitics of the TPP

As we New Zealanders wring our hands, concerned over the loss of sovereignty that the TPP (Trans Pacific Trade and Investment Partnership) might imply for us, we should at least spare a thought for the bigger game of which that agreement is only part. If we appreciate that, it might at least give us a […]

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TPPA Negotiation Tactics: Why the Secrecy?

It’s a couple of months since we last wrote on the TPPA, has anything happened since? Only more evidence that the expectations of those involved in the process continue to be set back – which seems to be the nature of trade negotiations since time immemorial. Our own Minister Tim Groser said last year that […]

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