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As widely reported this week, Auckland Council’s economic development arm has created a posting for one of its senior executives in London. Costing ratepayers a total of $230,000 over the...
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All too often, China cops an unfair amount of criticism when it comes to foreign investment in New Zealand. Rationally, this is quite bizarre, not least because our existing regulatory...
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It is probably a sign of my generation that I struggle to fathom how researchers and experts spread their ideas before the internet. I suppose people read books, attended public...
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Scientific truth is not established by poll results, but scientists’ consensus on scientific issues can tell us a lot. It does not tell us what optimal policy should be –...
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Last week Parliament passed the Education Amendment Bill, creating a new professional body for teachers, Educanz, which replaces the New Zealand Teachers’ Council (NZTC). The secondary teachers’ union president Angela...
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I borrowed a considerable amount of money from a number of banks to finance my family’s lifestyle which included, overseas holidays, buying a holiday home, a new boat and an...
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Australian politics always enjoys a reputation for being just a little more vicious than elsewhere. You only need to think of the way in which Abbott’s Labor predecessors Kevin Rudd...
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Could the Green Party of Aotearoa become an environmental party that was neutral, if not liberal on economic issues? Must it see economic growth and a healthier environment as opposites rather...
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With security increasingly on the agenda of politicians, it’s a good time to ask whether New Zealand’s 5-year passport regime is adequate. Last year, the Taxpayers’ Union released an in-depth,...
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It turns out that you can both agree with Local Government New Zealand that we need to change how local government is financed, and with the Taxpayers’ Union that a...
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After what have been a turbulent few weeks for the Australian Prime Minister, the isolated chirps that Abbott should resign have reached a united cacophony after the Queensland election last...
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This is an organisation that is well acquainted with heated discussions on contentious topics. None, it turns out, as touchy as neckties. The general sentiment regarding menswear – and ties...
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Late last year, Australia proposed a repeal bill that could see the Australian Taxation Office and Australian Securities and Investments Commission take charge from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission...
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City planners have done terrible things to housing affordability. While improving the RMA is an important step in stemming the madness, it’s only a first step. So long as the...
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In case you missed the flurry of stories surrounding the release of the latest census data, New Zealand may at some point in the foreseeable future have to give up...
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It always astounds me when people claim they have no interest in economics. How could anyone be so nonchalant about the ways in which economic forces influence their daily lives?...
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