Our current welfare system is broken, and is in need of a radical fix. It is time to ditch it, and start over. Here are 10 reasons why we think this is the case. Tomorrow we will look at what we would replace it with. 1. It stops people starting businesses or pursuing their dream […]
Positive discrimination is not wrong per se, in fact sometimes it is necessary to overcome the lingering disadvantage faced by certain groups. However, it must be used carefully to ensure it doesn’t increase resentment or division in society. Favouring any group on the basis of descent (or any other unchangeable characteristic) provides an incentive for […]
So far we’ve identified the achievements of the Treaty settlement and reconciliation process, and flagged that the process is now being pushedbeyond the point of being useful. Let’s turn to how important Maori aspirations can be addressed more effectively and sustainably than the current Waitangi Tribunal process will manage. We’re clear the conversation about Maori […]
Yesterday we saw how progress has been made on matters where both language versions of the Treaty say the same thing. Those areas are predominantly natural resources and cultural treasures. However, an impasse arises over constitutional issues where either the two language versions of the Treaty conflict, or there’s no consensus on any modern reinterpretation. […]
Much has been achieved since the renaissance of the Treaty of Waitangi began in 1975. That should be celebrated. The Treaty – as represented by the original versions of 1840 and all the efforts to modernise its meaning since – describes the relationship between Maori, as the indigenous ethnic group, and all other New Zealanders […]
From the Morgan Foundation a big thanks for joining in the debate during 2014. Here is a fun little infographic inspired by our top blog posts of the year (in case you missed them, links to the blogs are below). We hope you have a happy and safe holiday break and return refreshed for a […]
On a recent trip to Thailand Gareth noticed a large number of Australians retiring in Thailand. Gareth chats about the possible economic and lifestyle benefits.
It’s not that long ago that the small Southland towns Edendale and Wyndham had many septic tanks that had passed their use by date. In severe cases these tanks would discharge raw sewage into stormwater drains that ran straight into the Mataura River. Now they have a clever and innovative way of cleaning up with […]
Two Dunedin teachers Andrew Innes and Simon McMillan were finalists in the NZ River Story Award and are working to develop rigorous water testing for Otago students. A fantastic example of young citizen science.
This year milk prices have soured like a bottle left in the sun. There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth about the economic impact of the fall in prices, but what, if anything does it mean for our fresh water? In the short term the price drop is probably good news, and it […]