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The Nats start to get serious

Buoyed by recent polls showing they could form the next Government, a National Party conference spent yesterday getting down to the nuts and bolts of what the party might do in power. Around 100 delegates at the party’s Lower North Island conference gave leader Christopher Luxon a polite reception for...

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West Coast rare earth mine

A controversial proposal to mine for heavy mineral concentrate at a Cape Foulwind site at...

Congestion charging will hit low income people

An Auckland councillor says any plans to introduce congestion charging in Auckland will unfairly affect...

Luxon sidesteps Te Reo questions

National party leader Chris Luxon has had to sidestep questions around the use of Te...

Government’s lack of Three Waters clarity

A lack of clarity from the government about the Three Waters reforms has led to...

First regional climate change plan

Northland is the first place in New Zealand to have a region-wide local government climate...

Consensus breaks out in Parliament

In a rare display of what almost amounted to consensus, National have supported two major Government measures in Parliament. ACT did not and voted against...

An end to immigration rorts

The immigration rebalance yesterday is probably the final blow for sections of the Private Training Establishment (PTE) industry which at one point saw tens...

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Luxon backs James Shaw

National Leader Christopher Luxon has ended speculation and committed National to the bipartisan climate change policy that was negotiated in 2019 by then-leader Simon...

Where the wage subsidy went

The full impact of Covid is on vivid display in a report of the Ministry of Social Development today, which shows that last year...

The Covid “slush fund”

The Auditor-General , John Ryan, has written to Treasury saying he still wants more accountability for how the $74.1 billion Covid Response and Recovery Fund (CRRF) is being spent. Ryan, acknowledged that Treasury had begun to make CRRF spending decisions...

How NZ can become an energy exporter

New Zealand could be on track for a green economic boom which will transform the country into a South Pacific energy state in which energy exports form a major part of the economy. That was the message from speaker after...

How to pay the huge infrastructure bill

Infrastructure Minister Grant Robertson yesterday unveiled the bill to fix New Zealand’s infrastructure deficit and then more or less said we couldn’t afford to pay it. Robertson said it was estimated it would cost $31 billion a year for the...

The real reason for Three Waters reforms

The realisation that the country faces a looming crisis over its three waters’ infrastructure goes back as far as 2014. Then a Local Government New Zealand Issues Paper signalled there would be major problems financing the replacement of an already...

Parliament to get new powers

Parliament’s security guards are likely to be given powers to restrain and hold people under legislation planned for later this year. The legislation called the "Parliament Bill" is a new measure originated by former National Attorney General Chris Finlayson and...

Depending on China

A new study has found that despite Covid, New Zealand’s economic dependence on China has grown over the past four years. China is now nearly three times bigger than any other New Zealand export market. The study, commissioned by the New...

Equity v human rights. What the Rotorua battle is all about

The future of legislation to allow the Rotorua District Council to create three Maori wards on its ten member Council is now in doubt after Attorney General David parker last Friday said the legislation did not comply with the...

Grant Robertson’s dilemma

Spare a thought for Finance Minister Grant Robertson as he goes through the inflation figures released yesterday by Statistics NZ. They show annual inflation running at a 30 year high of 6.9 per cent for the March 2022 year. Only three...

Orr needs mates

The first shots were fired last week when Infometrics Chief Economist Gareth Kiernan accused the Government of fuelling inflation with its high spending. Then yesterday, in an echo of Ruth Richardson's famous aphorism that "monetary policy needs mates", Reserve Bank...

Backtrack on Maori veto

There has been what appears to be an  attempt to bury what is potentially an explosive backdown by the Government with thr release of a report late on Thursday, hours before the Easter shutdown. The Pae Ora Committee’s report and...

Inflating our way back to Muldoon

The economy appears to be in danger of heading back to the 1970s and the Muldoon years. A series of economic indicators yesterday and now an analysis from a leading economics consultancy all point to the frightening similarity between the...

The growing gap between young and old troubles Treasury

As part of the leadup to the Budget (set for May 19) the Treasury has unveiled its latest set of Living Standards Framework statistics. The vast array of statistics that comprise the Framework will underpin the Wellbeing Budget that Finance...

Why we are going to war

New Zealand has joined the war against Russia. The decision yesterday to send a C130 Hercules to Europe to provide logistics support for Ukraine may look peaceful but technically it is an act of war. “This looks like active participation in...

Saving our cows

Greenpeace and Greens co-leader James Shaw have dramatically fallen out over climate change policy. Shaw told Parliament last week that New Zealand did not need fewer cows for agriculture to meet our emissions reduction targets. Greenpeace violently disagrees. “We are in a...

Luxon and climate change; an incomplete policy

National Leader Christopher Luxon will have sent a shudder through the farming and transport industries yesterday with his argument that the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) should do the "heavy lifting" to get New Zealand to zero net Greenhouse Gas...

Undiplomatic relations; the Minister and the Ministry

Suggestions of a breakdown in relations between the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry surfaced yesterday in a submission to a Select Committee from the Auditor General. The submission drew attention to a line in the Ministry's annual report,...

After the Parliament protest, the Tauranga by-election

One of the leaders of the Parliament protest is standing in the Tauranga by-election. Outdoors Party co-leader Sue Grey will stand in the by-election, and the Nelson-based lawyer is already in Tauranga campaigning. Tauranga has always been a happy hunting ground...

Ministers ignored advice and kept no records

The  Auditor-General has reported that a $290 million fund to assist tourism businesses hit by Covid in 2020 proceeded with scant regard for conventional Government processes, and the Ministers involved in doling out the money didn't bother to keep...