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Top 5 questions over TPPA

The Trans Pacific deal is done and the negotiators are heading home. The Government is now beginning a charm offensive to convince us that it is a good deal, but a lot of uncertainties remain until we see the full text. Here’s the top 5 questions the government needs to answer. 1. Will Pharmac be […]

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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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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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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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