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Abel Tasman beach is not only a beautiful South Island spot. It also shows us the beauty of property rights. A crowdfunding campaign is aiming to raise $2 million to...
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If Donald Trump were seeking election in New Zealand, he’d have no need to promise a fence to keep out migrants. Nature has given us our own moat.    ...
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I’m really glad I’m a millennial. If I wasn’t, I’d have a pretty hard time understanding exactly what they’re all about. Good luck to academics trying to do the same....
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Labour’s proposed free tuition policy surprised me, but not as much as the rapid hot-takes it generated. It is a bit cheap to say that the devil will be in...
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Is there anything in the world duller than cricket?* Cricket is one of those sports that is so painfully slow, that commentators have nothing to do but talk about the...
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There are many things that are great about our cool little capital: Wellington’s wind, its regular earthquakes, and of course the Sevens.   Though we can’t do much about the...
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Albert Einstein said, “for an idea that does not first seem insane, there is no hope.” If Einstein is right, there is hope for the Greens’ proposal to establish a...
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Retirement savings, lavish family holidays or private dance lessons: these are some of what the cost of a private education in New Zealand could buy according to the New Zealand...
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There is nothing wrong with being an old grump. With a lifetime of disappointments to reflect on, old grumps have earned the right to grouse about how things used to...
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I prefer making New Year's resolutions for other people rather than for myself. And in that spirit, can we make 2016 the year of not obsessing about whether New Zealand...
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"Education is a right! Stop the debt sentence!" These were the slogans emblazoned on placards, held by students rallying against the University of Auckland’s 2015 fee hikes. Any increase in university fees...
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For all those who have set their New Year's resolutions, how’s that going? Will 2016 be the year you finally get slimmer, richer, and more attractive?   There will no...
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  You were probably expecting our usual take on the week as in the previous 47 editions of Insights we sent out this year.   But since this is our...
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On Tuesday, Minister of Commerce Paul Goldsmith decided not to proceed with the long debated criminalisation of cartel behaviour. The Minister’s explanation was telling: “In weighing up the benefits of...
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Christmas slouches ever nearer. And with it holiday shopping, impossibly loud brass bands on Lambton Quay, and television Christmas specials reminding us that charity ought not stop with the family...
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It is time to spice up the family Christmas, and I’m not talking about an extra teaspoon of nutmeg in the fruit mince pies.   Wouldn’t Christmas be so much...
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Politics, not finance, is the prime factor stopping local authorities from being more pro-growth and pro-housing. That is a primary conclusion of a report, Local Government: Myths, Facts and Challenges,...
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Travelling to Hong Kong to study its welfare system may seem like a strange choice to some people. Like travelling to North Korea to study good governance, or Greece to...
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A terrible spectre haunts New Zealand. Cash transactions come with no guarantee that they are not part of a money-laundering scheme. While you might not think that a problem, New...
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Last week’s town hall meeting in Khandallah on Wellington City Council’s proposed medium-density re-zoning was an eye-opener. I have been exceptionally frustrated by town planners’ inability to zone enough housing...
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