Thursday, December 12, 2019

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 sounds more realistic than Treasury whose Half Yearly Economic and Fiscal Update is forecasting net migration to fall to 35.000...

How to spend Grant’s billions – an infrastructure wishlist

The infrastructure Commission maintains an "Infrastructure Pipeline" of proposed or planned projects. This is what the New Zealand Transport Agency and KiwiRail...

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...

Simon: That’s not what English, Joyce and even Collins said.

National Leader Simon Bridges yesterday broke with years of liberal traditions in his Party and swung it sharply to the right with...

Port row gets messy

Former Prime Minister John Key has perplexed his former National Party colleagues and antagonised Auckland business lobbyists with his surprise support to...

Tuning out Bridges’ dog-whistle

The National Party's dog whistle to the extreme right on migration has come under scrutiny at a United Nations Association event in Wellington.

Too many South Island seats? — all you need to know...

The release yesterday of the new provisional electoral boundaries sees the number of list seats in Parliament reduced by one more.

Parker’s big rewrite of the overseas investment rules

Associate Finance Minister David Parker has stopped the overseas investment regulatory loophole that Green Minister Eugenie Sage used to block the expansion...