Category Archives: Economic Transformation

Greens blinded by ideology

The Greens opposition to removing fallen timber from West Coast forests reveals their ideological underpinning. They don’t just want to protect the environment – they worship it. The storm which lashed the Coast last month felled thousands of native trees … Continue reading

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Housing affordability – its supply AND demand

The PM has finally shown signs of being willing to consider the impact that foreign demand is having on housing affordability in New Zealand (Herald: Rethink on foreign home-buying). Until now the Government has focused solely on supply issues. However … Continue reading

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Ngai Tahu youth better savers

Ngai Tahu young people are more likely to be savers with better financial literacy than other young New Zealanders. This according to a study undertaken by the Financial Education and Research Centre reported in the Herald today. The study attributed … Continue reading

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Tainui $700M answers settlement skeptics

Last week Tainui Group Holdings reported total assets of $738million. This comes from wisely stewarding the $170million they received in their 1995 Treaty settlement, plus their share of the fisheries settlement. Their success in growing the tribe’s wealth is a … Continue reading

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Convention Centre – Where is the vision ?

Auckland’s International Convention Centre should be on the waterfront. The Wynyard Quarter provides the obvious location for a piece of stunning architecture that will embed international visitors into the city and its harbour in the best possible way. With the viaduct … Continue reading

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One sun in the sky

In 1908 the Tuhoe chief Rua Kenana came down from his mountain stronghold to discuss matters of state with Prime Minister Sir Joseph Ward. To Rua’s question on the issue of sovereignty, Ward replied – there can only be one … Continue reading

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Finlayson forging a brighter future

The last election saw National offering a “brighter future”. The Hon Chris Finlayson, Minister of Treaty Negotiations, is certainly playing his part. Since he came to the job four years ago the Treaty settlement process has made major advances. Last … Continue reading

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Feed the children ?

Labour leader David Shearer last week announced a new education policy initiative - feeding children in low decile schools across New Zealand. Labour has costed it at $19million per annum. Hone Harawira was promoting the same initiative as Mana Party policy … Continue reading

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Child poverty report – still ignoring the obvious

The Office of the Childrens Commissioner published another report on child poverty today - “Solutions to Child Poverty in New Zealand – Issues and Options Paper for Consultation”. It rightly points out the major problem we have in this country with … Continue reading

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An uncommon hope

Last week another four Treaty settlements had their final reading in Parliament. Among others, East Coast iwi Rongowhakaata and Ngai Tamanuhiri received Crown apologies and redress for violent and tragic Treaty breaches in the 1860s.  The claims settlement bills passed quietly and … Continue reading

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