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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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Groucho Marx did not want to belong to any club that accepted people like him as members. Next Thursday, the British will have to decide if they feel the same...
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Globally, growth in productivity and GDP has stalled. Much of the West and Japan suffer from rapidly deteriorating demographics and crippling levels of debt. The sustainability of China’s economic model...
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I have just returned from a journey of discovery in the UK and the US looking at how they navigate the notion of school choice. As a concept, it remains...
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University of Otago Associate Professor Nick Wilson argued that Disney’s classic 101 Dalmations should carry an R rating. Why? Because Cruella de Vil smokes. Wilson argued that children need protecting,...
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In the mid-2000s, when inflation was running hot and the Reserve Bank was having a tough time keeping things under control, the former Business Roundtable’s Roger Kerr warned that monetary...
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‘Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll steal your fish.’ At least that is what comes to mind following...
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Auckland’s housing crisis produces some strange side effects. One of them is that the word ‘boarding school’ might acquire a new meaning. Previously, boarding schools were schools that provided their...
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It is a journalistic sin to come up with headlines such as “Small earthquake in Chile, not many dead”. With that in mind, you have to pity journalists trying to...
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Last week saw a rare conjunction. Almost all the political parties agreed that Auckland’s artificial rural urban boundary had to be lifted to free up land for housing development. This...
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It has now been a couple of weeks since we found out that the Overseas Investment Office was not being as thorough in its background character checks on investors as...
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Stereotypes are long-lasting. Think of Africa and images of poverty, hunger and violence come to mind. The narrative of Africa as a crisis-prone economic backwater has a long history. But...
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Heritage buildings help make New Zealand’s cities and towns beautiful. While foreign visitors might snicker that an eighty-year-old building has heritage value, the art deco styles in our small towns...
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With regulations in Auckland controlling the minimum size of new apartments and requiring all newly built apartments to have balconies, is it time to move outside to the gardens?  ...
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It is bad enough when the government compulsorily acquires your house for a public purpose, like building a road or railway line. Sure, the government will hopefully pay a bit...
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The Overseas Investment Act 2005 is a piece of national legislation doused in controversy. It is complex, time-consuming, and difficult to navigate. And yet, since 2005, there have been markedly...
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