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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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The first rule of journalism is that “dog bites man” is not news. But “man bites dog” is worth a news story, an editorial demanding government do something about it,...
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Remember social bonds? Or Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) as they are known internationally? Social bonds are an innovative way of funding and delivering social services, involving the private sector.  ...
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Many of New Zealand’s future surgeons, scientists and teachers are right now sitting in front of an adult charged with teaching them the skills and knowledge that will help them...
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Donald Trump is a demagogue and a proud ignoramus. Knowing nothing of the detail of policy, even in its broadest take, would be bad enough. But Trump takes it that...
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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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