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Interest-free student loans have been very costly. The billions spent over the past decade subsidising student loans is only part of it.  As we explain in Decade of Debt, the government...
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A penny saved is a penny earned. This should be the motto of regulatory reform. When it comes to regulatory burdens, it is not necessarily the cost of a specific...
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In this age of ‘post-truth politics’ (which, by the way, must be one of the greatest tautologies of all time) I guess all truths can be relative.  North Korea is...
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As you read this, our teachers’ unions are preparing for war. For the first time in history they are planning meetings of 60,000 teachers, nationwide, during school hours.   Their...
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A lot of people have done well out of the past decade of interest-free student loans. But that hardly means the policy is what is right for the country. A...
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The world premiere of a new film on New Zealand’s post 1984 economic reforms will screen in the Academy Cinema (below the Auckland Public Library) on Thursday 25 August at...
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This week, Newshub released a new opinion poll showing a large majority of New Zealanders demand curbs to immigration. Three in five voters said so. The same opinion poll also...
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The easiest way to catch a fish is to visit the local New World store. Commercial fishing can deliver seafood far more cost effectively than the average recreational fisher. Seafood...
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Minister Simon Bridges has killed a few of my favourite things. By not granting tiny, low-risk iPredict an exemption from Anti Money Laundering regulations designed for the big banks, he...
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In politics, the good enough is the best you can usually hope for. On most policy questions, the best is irrelevant. What matters instead is what is best among currently...
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Forget housing affordability, if you want to quickly divide a room into two antagonistic camps ask whether New Zealand should increase its refugee quota. Those in favour of opening the...
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By the time you read this a bottle of champagne and bouquet of seasonal blooms will have landed on Conservation Minister Maggie Barry’s desk. It is the least the Initiative...
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As a crude rule of thumb, presenting at a conference is always easier when you are telling the audience something it wants to hear. That was the case when I...
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Today the average Auckland house would put close to a $1million dent in your pocket. Meanwhile a competent teacher’s salary increases yearly and is capped at the seventh year at...
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I have a confession to make…I may be an illegal alien in Wellington.  I never got official permission to move here. I never went through customs at the port. It...
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Last year, the residents of the Hawkes Bay region dodged a bullet. They were not the only ones. Northland and Greater Wellington also had a close shave with this regulatory...
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If you are German, it is a little tricky to talk about one of Germany’s greatest philosophers. At least if you’re talking about him in English. Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), whose...
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Some New Zealanders might have trouble grasping international affairs without the domestic spin, so here it is. Donald Trump is Winston Peters with money. Make no mistake, we need to...
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Before making an important decision it is a good idea to take a deep breath and count to ten. Policy decisions should be the same. Stay calm and focus on...
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Distance makes the heart grow fonder, so they say. But sometimes distance can also make you see things more clearly – not just if you are farsighted. Last night, the...
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