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Surprising report on immigration

Su While the Productivity Commission's report on immigration released today is really only a work in progress, it has already begun to counter some myths...

Farmers blame Government for mental health issues

Dairyfarmers say they are fed up with Government regulations. They say the overload of regulation is causing mental issues among farmers. And they are calling for...

Shaking up science

The Government yesterday unveiled more details of its plan to shake up the science sector. Research and Science Minister, Megan Woods, is proposing the most...

National’s nod to the anti-vaxers

The Government’s announcement yesterday that it was preparing to extend the use of Vaccine Certificates, whilst it will please business, has left the National...

Business getting frustrated

The big Covid question now is whether the Government will extend yesterday’s announcement of a vaccination mandate for healthcare workers, schools and early childhood...

Treasury on paying for covid: Increase taxes or cut spending

The choice will come, and it will be simple; raise taxes or cut spending or do a bit of both. Sooner or later, a future...

Cook Strait ferry crisis

The country faces a potential supply chain crisis with holdups on goods crossing Cook Strait after an accident and a mechanical breakdown have taken...

What next for the border

Not only has the Government temporarily suspended taking bookings for Managed Isolation, but it is telling stakeholders that any opening of the borders under...

Cracking down on the wage subsidy

The Finance Minister, Grant Robertson, has been “talking” to some of the country’s largest companies about whether they will apply for the wage subsidy. Beehive...

Has Robertson got enough money to pay for Covid?

The Government is proposing to reduce the Alert Level Three education bubble size to ten which would mean most educational facilities would not be...

All night talks bring British trade deal closer

New Zealand’s negotiations with Britain over a Free Trade Agreement are now going down to the wire with New Zealand holding a trump card. Negotiators...

Why Robertson needs a short lockdown

The Covid lockdown has temporarily at least derailed the Government’s hopes that the Reserve Bank might tame the runaway housing market. And what must worry...

The intensive care bed shortage and why that limits our Covid options

What the Government really said yesterday was that over the next 12 months, it will tentatively take on more risk as it begins to...

Employers embarrass Government and the Nats

With unemployment figures yesterday reaching a new low, employers are calling for an amnesty for Pacific Island overstayers. The move will embarrass both the Government...

How Delta changes everything

As the Government plans a major media event next week to unveil its getting-back-to-normal Covid strategy, it is also redefining how to handle an...