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In his book The Ascent of Money, Harvard economic historian Niall Ferguson introduced us to what he called “the perennial truths of financial history”. They were: “Sooner or later every...
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As German-American journalist and satirist H.L. Mencken once explained, “Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods”.   To prove him right, White House-hopefuls, blazing their...
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Can you remember back to a time when fizzy drinks weren’t maligned, but instead a rare treat? When you and your eagle-eyed siblings watched over the soda pouring ritual with...
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If you read a headline claiming chocolate can help you lose weight, what would be your first reaction?   Based on their own experience, some people may be sceptical. Some...
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With Auckland’s housing crisis now a permanent feature on the Herald’s front page, it is worth restating how this problem started: not enough homes were built to keep up with...
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Had Telecom left its renaming to the online world, it is unlikely ‘Spark’ would have been the name chosen. After all, this is a community whose vernacular specialises in cat...
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There are a few things that New Zealand and Panama have in common. Both are home to about four million people. Both have fantastic beaches (though theirs are warmer than...
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, an admired African novelist, once said ‘show a people as one thing, as only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become’. It...
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If there is one lesson I have taken away from high school English, it is that all movies have deep and hidden meanings that were embedded by the director to...
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Chef and television personality Jamie Oliver was a major proponent of a sugar tax in the UK.   You would think, then, that a sugar tax would be a real...
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A few years ago, The New Republic held a contest for most boring news headline. “A Worthwhile Canadian Initiative” won. But at least one worthwhile Canadian initiative is far from...
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Todd Treweek’s had a bad week. As the Herald reported on Wednesday, the Dunedin chef’s just been busted for his tenth parking offence. What’s notable about Todd’s offending is that...
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What is the difference between a letter and a pizza? Well, we have become used to receiving the former only three times a week. However, we expect the latter to...
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Eminent UK economist and Financial Times columnist John Kay reportedly believes that the global financial system is broken and that there is a simple remedy. It is broken because bankers...
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We should laud, not vilify, the actions of a Wairarapa school that has taken the brave step to ban students (and presumably staff too) from climbing trees on school grounds....
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It is hard to put a number on some things – like how many refugees the government should admit. If you asked how many software engineers the government should let...
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It would take a world champion wowser to declare last weekend’s CubaDupa festival anything but an outstanding success, replete with two days of street food, live music, street artists, and...
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Lamenting your loneliness? Forget taking advice from Dale Carnegie’s How to win friends and influence people, and carry on listening to Eric Carmen’s All by myself. Because, according to British...
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Talk to a teacher at a state school and most will tell you competition is a dirty word. When it comes to relationships between schools, cooperation rules.   Schools do...
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The late Ronald Reagan once said “There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination and wonder”. At The New Zealand Initiative we...
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