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Should we really ditch Kiwirail?

Yesterday, Kiwirail finally spoke out against Treasury’s advice that they should be scrapped. Until now, the public discussion has been limited to a bizarre joust between Steven Joyce, Bill English and Treasury on one side, with Mainfreight on the other fighting in Kiwirail’s corner. Mainfreight’s directors and CEO have been calling for a more open-minded […]

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Where is the Plan to Reduce Emissions?

With the Paris conference coming up, Gareth is doing a series of Whiteboard Fridays on climate change. We’ve looked at the latest evidence on sea level rise, and how New Zealand’s targets fall short of what is needed to avoid “dangerous” warming. This week Gareth looks at how difficult it will be to meet our current targets, given our lack […]

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Fat Chance of Government Policy Reducing Child Obesity

The Ministry of Health and Health Minister have spent months working up the Government’s new plan to reduce child obesity. Frankly, it is hard to see what they have been spending that time on. The policy has been self-proclaimed as “wide-ranging”, but contains not much that is new and certainly nothing that will shift the […]

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Uber vs the Taxis

Regulation is important, but unless it is nimble and well managed it can become a bigger problem than whatever it was intended to solve. We’ve seen one example of that in with minimum parking requirements, but another, much bigger regulatory hurdle is faced by the disruptive ‘personal transport service’, Uber. U-What? Where have you been? […]

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Emissions Targets: Scientists vs Politicians

With the Paris conference coming up, Gareth is doing a series of Whiteboard Fridays on climate change. A few weeks ago he explored the latest observational evidence from Antarctica of climate change, and the implications for sea level rise; last week he covered how far away we are from what the climate science community considers, […]

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Four Questions about putting cancer patients on the Job Seekers allowance

It was revealed yesterday that people diagnosed with cancer and receiving treatment for that cancer (who are not deemed terminally ill) can only receive government support to live via the jobseekers allowance, not the disability allowance. The jobseekers allowance ironically requires people to be actively seeking work, when by virtue of their cancer diagnosis and […]

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