Tuesday, January 19, 2021

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The Christchurch Royal Commission – a contrary view: Comprehensive; not sufficiently. Magisterial; perhaps overly so

by Jim RolfeJim Rolfe has had a career in both the public and university sector. He started his working life in the New Zealand...

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Big sister Jacinda

Two images seem to sum this weird political year up. One was a Facebook post on March 26, the first day of the Alert Level...

Robertson beats Treasury’s forecasts

Go back eight months; the country was in lockdown, and Treasury produced a series of economic scenarios sketching how Covid might play out. The most...

David Parker’s big oppurtunity

David Parker’s seemingly odd decision to request the Revenue portfolio from the Prime Minister when she appointed her new Cabinet now makes sense. The Briefings...

Ardern and climate change; the gap between ambition and reality

Two weeks after Jacinda Ardern declared a climate change emergency she has been snubbed by a major UN climate conference and left on the...

Judith Collins; Challenging climate change policy and having fun

Judith Collins has just three words, to sum up the past year; "disunity is death." Maybe that is why she seems so cautious about getting...

Confusion of a state; what went wrong with our security and...

The Royal Commission into the Mosque shootings has opened the doors into our security agencies and their political and bureaucratic masters, and what it...

Even a vaccine may not open the border

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yesterday appeared to set a new bar to be overcome before borders can be fully opened. She told her weekly post-Cabinet...

How our trade negotiators will navigate the post Trump, post covid,...

It sounds simple. Trump goes; vaccines neutralise Covid, and by the end of next year, foreign trade is back to what we used to...

Climate Change Emergency; is it more than a PR stunt?

The Prime Minister's Declaration of a Climate Change Emergency was largely greeted with scepticism yesterday because it contained no detail on how the emission...

Now the hard part on climate change is about to begin

The Prime Minister is set to declare a climate change emergency today, but she has already conceded that New Zealand is unlikely to meet...

Minister bids for bipartisan end to Auckland jams

The Government looks set to try and ask National to put its votes where its mouth once was over congestion charging for Auckland. Transport Minister...

Shaking up the Nats

Andy Thompson is a former chair of the West Coast National Party. He runs a daily farm show on Southland’s Radio Hokonui. When he...

Robertson considering crackdown on property investors

The Finance Minister’s letter to the Reserve Bank yesterday about rising house prices is just a part of what is a much wider Government...

Parker gets around the RMA to rev up mattress factory

Environment Minister David Parker yesterday indicated he was ready to wade into the middle of a Resource Management row which has pitted two Waikato councils...

Goodfellow beats off challenge and calls for unity

National Party President Peter Goodfellow has dodged a potential challenge to his presidency which had the implicit backing of party leader, Judith Collins. Goodfellow was...

“This crisis is too big; we cannot wait any longer”

Housing Minister Megan Woods sat backstage at the Infrastructure New Zealand symposium yesterday and heard a damning indictment of her Government's housing policies coming...

Covid recovery cannot return to the status quo

The Government is ready to turn the reform of the Resource Management Act next year into the basic tool to define what sort of...

Goodfellow decides to stand again

National Party President Peter Goodfellow has confirmed that he is standing again this weekend for the party’s board. There had been speculation he might stand...

China and NZ are in but the US is out of...

New Zealand and 15 East Asian countries yesterday signed up to what is being called the most important trade agreement since the creation of...

How Ardern is trying to tame the housing market

The Prime Minister’s strategy of “jawboning” the banks into restricting lending for housing investment was beginning to look like it was working last night...

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