Monday, January 20, 2020

Jones answers the “rednecks”

Forestry Minister Shane Jones is working on major changes to the one billion trees programme. This comes after a vocal farmer protest movement set up to oppose productive farmland being converted to forests. The movement, “Fifty Shades of Green”, organised a protest march and rally at...

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Climate change’s odd couple almost agree

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has thrown down the gauntlet to politicians by yesterday announcing the members of the Climate Change Commission. All six of...

Bishop and Collins; a contrast in political styles

National MP Judith Collin yesterday s moved her party’s approach resource management firmly to the right. Her proposal that the party scrap the Resource Management...

How Brexit could damage NZ

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s  (MFAT) top trade negotiator yesterday warned of the dangers that Brexit posed to the New Zealand economy. At...

Robertson will need more migrants

Even Grant Robertson doesn’t sound like he believes he can pull off his $8 billion infrastructure boost without maintaining high levels of immigration. He certainly...

The politics of electoral law reform

A Parliamentary Committee has come down hard on former National Government Minister Todd McClay effectively accusing him of being a party to allowing foreign...

Can shifting Auckland’s port save NZ First?

The decision yesterday by the Cabinet to confirm that Auckland’s port would have to go was as much about politics as economics. Prime Minister Jacinda...

Beehive relieved at Reserve Bank pull back

The Reserve Bank pulled back from the brink of a full-on confrontation with the trading banks yesterday and moderated the requirements for them to...

Making peace with farmers

The Prime Minister yesterday and the Environment Minister on Tuesday appear to have mounted an operation to mend fences with farmers. Only a month after...

Treaty to be at centre of education

Education Minister Chris Hipkins yesterday unveiled his rewrite of the country’s education legislation. Hipkins is billing the Education and Training Bill as a fundamental rewrite...

Labour finds its happy space

For over 30 years the Labour Party could have only dreamed of the conference it has just held. Labour...

Winning the trade war

A Government working group has come back with a report which more or less vindicates the original critics of the Trans...