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Halloween

Tricks and treats

Today is 2 November, and for conservative Christians among us that means All Souls. For the rest, it is just day two after Halloween. Halloween is a strange feast in our calendar. Nobody knows what is celebrated and why. But that, I would argue, makes it the perfect candidate for New Zealand’s next public holiday. We need more nonsensical feasts to guide us through the year. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
2 November, 2018
TopTen

Top Ten: All things freshwater

The government’s planning changes to freshwater management. Earlier this month, the government released consultation documents outlining its intended approach to improving freshwater quality. The government wishes to improve water quality, to provide better management regimes with a stronger role for local iwi, and to set water allocation regimes that recognise both the interests of existing users and of potential new users. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Interest.co.nz
26 October, 2018
Sugar1

Correcting corrective taxes

The Tax Working Group’s high-level advice is absolutely correct: The government should simplify the alcohol excise structure, put tobacco excise increases on hold, and not proceed with any sugar taxes until it figures out what it is trying to achieve. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
The National Business Review
26 October, 2018
Water

Freshwater progress

Normal politics too quickly leads to despair about democracy and humanity. If you are tired of reality-TV political shenanigans, turn off the Twitter feed and turn an eye to the government’s promising work on freshwater management. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
19 October, 2018

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