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There are not too many policies that can save and improve lives while saving the government money, but Chris Bishop’s member’s bill providing greater compensation to live organ donors may...
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It seems every Tom, Dick and Sally has something to say about education, and very seldom do they agree on anything. Even where the various parties do agree at a...
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If you have a nemesis and want to inflict on them a brutal punishment, put away the thumb screws. Wish instead for them to be reincarnated as a transport planner....
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Dear Insights readers,   Last week we published a piece of mine on the alleged Vehicle Management Act in Insights. The article suggested that banning car imports, increasing the costs...
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The power to say no is also the power to make the rules, or at least in part. Parliament legislates. But it also makes rules giving other people a bit...
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The current issue of Policy Quarterly, published by Victoria University of Wellington, has a special focus on Budget 2015. It kicks off with an article by New Zealand Children's Commissioner,...
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For reasons that evade me, the New Zealand media seem hell-bent on discussing the flag. Despite describing the referendum as a political distraction and a John Key ego campaign, the...
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With Labour’s bid to cultivate a fear of foreigners buying houses failing to sprout in the polls, the party is now looking to sow the same message to a more...
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Last week, the Prime Minister found words of consolation for people concerned about declining housing affordability. “Aucklanders are getting wealthier,” John Key said as he referred to front page stories...
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You never really understand an issue until you can argue from the opposing view. Being able to make the best possible case for something you oppose helps you to avoid...
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Those in favour of increasing minimum wages often express altruistic motives and concern for those on the lowest rungs of the socio-economic ladder. But in doing so, they conveniently ignore...
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Hipsters are a fascinating species. They dress like they are from the 1950s, listen to music from any era, but have a distinctly millennial attitude. And they have caught the...
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Over the past weeks, we have heard a lot of talk about Asian buyers allegedly being responsible for skyrocketing house prices in Auckland. You sometimes get the impression that in...
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When the government moved to privatise Mount Eden prison, I was a sceptic. There can be very good arguments for outsourcing service provision or privatisation in all kinds of sectors,...
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(Warning: this editorial contains large doses of sarcasm and anti-paternalism that may exceed recommended nanny state allowances.) With that out of the way, the US Federal Government recently announced plans...
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If you believe political pundits, New Zealand will go to the polls in late 2017. It could well be an election fought on personalities rather than on substance. It could...
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There is no poverty in New Zealand. Child poverty is a major problem. The government is not doing enough. The government’s approach is radical. All of these statements could be...
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“Education is the key, the key to what, which house, which doorway?” were the words neatly inscribed on a visibly stressed cue card as I trembled in front of my...
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From Sunday, my colleague Jason Krupp and I will be attending the annual Local Government New Zealand conference. It is LGNZ’s flagship event of the year, bringing together 600 delegates...
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This week we released a research report, A Matter of Balance: Regulating Safety. It looked into the costs and benefits of Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment's (MBIE) campaign to reduce workplace...
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