Given the natural assets we have – a small population with plenty of natural resources at our disposal, and plenty of scope for renewable energy – New Zealand should really be doing better at dealing with climate change. Instead we are laggards. New Zealand enjoys over 75% of its electricity being generated from renewable sources. […]
Inequality is a bit of a buzzword at the moment. Some say it’s going up. Some say it has been flat for years. What do we really know? Watch this to find out.
Continuing our series for discussion from the c.200 video clips we assembled from interviews of 60 New Zealanders, this week we hear from Andrew London, musician. He talks about the differences between attitudes toward the treaty and race relations in provincial towns as opposed to Wellington; the home of government which has driven the modernisation of the treaty’s […]
Heading up to Vanuatu 4 months after Cyclone Pam was a rewarding experience but sobering reminder. My purpose was to see how both the emergency response has gone and how the far longer and more complex rebuild is progressing. The New Zealand response to this disaster has been substantial – both via the aid agencies […]
Prime Minister John Key contextualised his decision to invoke the flag change process with an update of his thinking published in the national dailies last Saturday. Much of what he says I endorse totally. Our current flag is not only passed its used-by date, as a 19th Century defaced British naval ensign it was never […]
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 […]
The idea for an unconditional basic income (UBI) is not new – it has been around since at least the 1960s. Its time seems to have finally come as the international calls for the UBI continue to mount – and they are coming from those on all sides of the political spectrum. In developing countries […]
While a somewhat infantile title, it is also rather appropriate, as I just happened to be reading a book with this very title to my kids when I heard (another) report discussing the terrible state of bowel cancer identification and treatment in NZ. Bowel cancer is a massive killer in Aotearoa New Zealand, and we […]
We hear a lot about inequality, but we don’t do a good job of looking beyond inequality of income. In this Whiteboard Friday, Jess looks at the missing pieces of the inequality puzzle. Care about equality? Watch this video.
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 […]