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As a crude rule of thumb, presenting at a conference is always easier when you are telling the audience something it wants to hear. That was the case when I...
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Today the average Auckland house would put close to a $1million dent in your pocket. Meanwhile a competent teacher’s salary increases yearly and is capped at the seventh year at...
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I have a confession to make…I may be an illegal alien in Wellington.  I never got official permission to move here. I never went through customs at the port. It...
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Last year, the residents of the Hawkes Bay region dodged a bullet. They were not the only ones. Northland and Greater Wellington also had a close shave with this regulatory...
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If you are German, it is a little tricky to talk about one of Germany’s greatest philosophers. At least if you’re talking about him in English. Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), whose...
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Some New Zealanders might have trouble grasping international affairs without the domestic spin, so here it is. Donald Trump is Winston Peters with money. Make no mistake, we need to...
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Before making an important decision it is a good idea to take a deep breath and count to ten. Policy decisions should be the same. Stay calm and focus on...
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Distance makes the heart grow fonder, so they say. But sometimes distance can also make you see things more clearly – not just if you are farsighted. Last night, the...
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I have a solution to inequality. It will take a long time, and I don’t think you’re going to like it.  I don’t like it either.  But, it is a...
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What is the difference between Austria and Australia? Well, when the Austrians recently went to the polls to elect a new president, procedures were so flawed that their Constitutional Court...
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Do you feel like hissing at the people at the front of the plane when you walk past them to the cheaper seats at the back? If you are in...
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With just about everyone proffering advice to post-Brexit Britain, it is unlikely the country will pay attention to this piece. And nor should it, given that Britain will soon be...
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Imagine if you were buying your first home and the only information you had was what you could see from the outside and through the windows. It may seem odd,...
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‘Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for life. Give him someone else’s fish, and he’ll vote for you.’ Politicians obviously know about this saying. Over the next year...
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If you are above 40, I hope you would have built some financial net worth through hard work and thrift.  And if you are under 40, I hope that at...
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It is midday New Zealand time, and in Britain they have just started counting the votes of their referendum on EU membership. Polling day surveys show a narrow lead for...
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Whether on the sports field or in the boardroom, the adage that ‘if you cannot measure something, you cannot control it’ is well known. It appears Local Government New Zealand...
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Nelson’s Medical Officer of Health wants a place at your table. Not in person, of course, but in spirit. Last week brought news that Chef Martin Bosley’s degustation event at...
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Comments sections are hardly the place to go for well-considered musings on topical issues. They are, however, a repository for the layman’s understanding of complex issues.   Consider Eric Crampton’s...
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Covering the same topic twice in the same edition of Insights is generally not done at the Initiative, but with all the colourful commentary on the Brexit it is just...
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