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Luxon clashes with transport chief

Former Air New Zealand CEO and new National MP Christopher Luxon drew a prickly response from the Government's "Mr Fixit", Sir Brian Roche, yesterday...

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Government has little to say about housing crisis

With the Reserve Bank yesterday forecasting that annual house price inflation will reach 22 per cent by the middle of the year, the Government...

Trans Tasman bubble gets closer

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared yesterday to open the door a nudge on the trans-Tasman bubble. The bubble had been semi-promised for the first quarter...

A bluer shade of green

In her most revealing speech as National Party leader, Judith Collins, appears to be setting the party against a whole list of current Government...

Living with covid

By keeping Auckland at Alert Level Two till at least Monday the Government has enabled Auckland businesses to claim subsidies if their incomes are...

Covid debate becoming ideological

There is a growing divide between the Opposition parties and the Government over management of the border. That divide is now starting to be defined...

Why the Health Ministry won’t do daily testing

The pressure is growing to have the Ministry of Health approve saliva testing for border workers. One test, available in New Zealand and currently being...

The advisors behind today’s lockdown decision

The Prime Minister and senior Ministers only on Friday warned top Auckland business leaders the fight against Covid was far from over. They were dramatically...

Beehive leans on its shovels

Like a ghost from another era the great hope for the Covid recovery, the Shovel Ready Projects programme, made an appearance at a Select...

Parker is playing the long game with his far reaching RMA...

The new Resource Management legislation unveiled yesterday is probably the most fundamental and complex legislative reform put before Parliament in decades. The new Acts ---...

Some gloss starts to come off Covid economic success story

Some of the gloss is starting to come off the Government's Covid economic success story. Data released by the Government yesterday shows that Maori...

Dealing with the tiger. What to do about the Uighurs.

Speaking last Thursday in Paihia to an audience of diplomats, Foreign Minister, Nanaia Mahuta ticked off New Zealand’s foreign relationships. In order, she covered: Australia,...

Waitangi; challenging sovereignty

In response to growing calls for more Maori control of institutions which affect Maori, the Prime Minister yesterday suggested she was considering expanding the...

It’s ok to smile now, Grant

Unemployment statistics out yesterday confirmed that Treasury’s early Covid-19 forecasts were woefully off the mark. But ironically, those same forecasts prompted the Government to act,...

Brash loses Maori wards campaign

The move by the Government yesterday to end referenda on Councils establishing Maori wards is a big --- possibly fatal --- defeat for Don...

Tiwai Point may hold key to our low carbon future

The devil will be in the detail of the Climate Change Commission’s proposed carbon budgets released yesterday. And that detail will now be the subject...

Dairy NZ makes pre-emptive strike on methane critics

With what is likely to be a  mind-blowing report on what New Zealand's greenhouse gas reductions will mean in practical terms due on Monday...

Collins promises to be kind as she points National to the...

National’s Leader Judith Collins’ State of the Nation speech yesterday contained some surprising revamps of some traditional National policies. And she is promising more. She told...

The China trade agreement; you can’t always get what you want...

New Zealand Trade Minister Damien O'Connor yesterday finally got to sign the upgrade to the New Zealand – China Free Trade Agreement negotiated in...

Testing the limts – the Northland Covid-19 case

While the Government tried to call for calm yesterday over the Northland Covid-19 case, the National Party and the Australian Government did exactly the...

The Christchurch Royal Commission – a contrary view: Comprehensive; not sufficiently....

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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