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US Trade Tariffs against China

Written By: - Date published: 2:14 pm, March 23rd, 2018 - 36 comments

Make no mistake: this is the single biggest anti-trade act the world has seen since the Iranian revolution’s nationalisation program from 1979.

Auckland’s new fuel tax

Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, March 23rd, 2018 - 36 comments

The signs are that Aucklanders are going to support a regional fuel tax designed to alleviate congestion.

Remember President Obama?

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, March 20th, 2018 - 79 comments

The world has changed dramatically since Barak Obama was President of the United States.

Where is our economic leadership?

Written By: - Date published: 10:06 am, March 16th, 2018 - 38 comments

This government has not yet developed an economic strategy.


Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, March 15th, 2018 - 13 comments

It’s been awesome to see feminist activists in New Zealand enable a new and fast liberation occur.  It’s worth reflecting on the success of #MeToo  and all its new forms.


Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, March 14th, 2018 - 32 comments

A more productive economy – and society – has been an elusive goal for many of New Zealand’s previous governments.  The last National Government failed.  What will Labour do to succeed?

Was National a good economic manager?

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, March 10th, 2018 - 75 comments

Bill Rosenberg from the CTU has stated convincingly why National is not and was not a sound manager of the economy.

The Overseas Investment Amendment Bill

Written By: - Date published: 10:55 am, March 9th, 2018 - 73 comments

Ad argues that the merits of banning overseas ownership of local land is not as simple or as virtuous as we may think.

We need more ministers like Steven Joyce

Written By: - Date published: 11:45 am, March 7th, 2018 - 123 comments

Rare praise for Steven Joyce from someone on the left.

Putting some steel into trade

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, March 4th, 2018 - 82 comments

Does anyone want to take a punt on where the U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum will go?

Break Up Social Media Itself

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, March 2nd, 2018 - 23 comments

It is time to regulate the power of cyber criminals and cyber monopolies.

Our Reserve Bank

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, February 28th, 2018 - 97 comments

There is a case for the Reserve Bank to be eradicated, or at least major changes made to its structure.

Global Sharemarkets

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, February 15th, 2018 - 63 comments

Recent volatility in the U.S. stockmarkets has attracted calls that capitalism is facing a crisis.  But the reality appears to be different.

Where’s my share?

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, February 14th, 2018 - 35 comments

Had anyone with a job (other than the top 2 tiers of management) had a wage increase higher than inflation recently?

A storm is coming

Written By: - Date published: 11:04 am, February 12th, 2018 - 65 comments

A big storm is set to hit Auckland next week. And it won’t be the last.

Fonterra and Fletcher Building

Written By: - Date published: 2:05 pm, February 9th, 2018 - 52 comments

New Zealand only has two businesses of world-competitive scale that are also majority owned by New Zealanders: Fonterra, and Fletcher Building.  And they appear to have lost their way and put much of their value and our wellbeing at risk.

Two Labour Governments, two coal mines

Written By: - Date published: 12:38 pm, February 7th, 2018 - 13 comments

The New Zealand Government has rejected the OIO’s proposal to allow Bathurst to purchase DOC land for coal mining purposes.  And in Australia the Queensland Labor Government is working out how it can back out of an agreement to permit the Adani coal mine to proceed.

Prime Minister Ardern at Waitangi

Written By: - Date published: 2:34 pm, February 5th, 2018 - 182 comments

This is a new day for politics in New Zealand. A female Prime Minister has broken over a century of practise and is doing a main speech at Waitangi. Even more: no drama occurred. Anywhere.

National can win the next election

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, February 5th, 2018 - 75 comments

There is a simple strategy for National to follow which may gain them victory in the next General Election.

Waihopai and North Korea

Written By: - Date published: 7:44 am, February 5th, 2018 - 14 comments

It’s worth asking ourselves what Goriz Gharaman was doing protesting at Waihopai. It’s the right place to protest.

Jacinda Ardern’s child poverty speech

Written By: - Date published: 7:42 am, February 1st, 2018 - 74 comments

In a major speech yesterday on poverty, Prime Minister Ardern has laid out fully and forthrightly what is the problem and what need to be done.

Roger Federer

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, January 30th, 2018 - 25 comments

Why Roger Federer is my favourite athlete.

The Standard under a Labour led Government

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, January 28th, 2018 - 109 comments

How should the Standard adapt to the new Government?

Waitangi Day and Australia Day

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, January 26th, 2018 - 10 comments

Australia Day (January 26th), like Waitangi Day (February 6th) often divides our countries as much in its silence as anything else.

The Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, January 25th, 2018 - 137 comments

The positive aspects of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership.

What should happen at Waitangi

Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, January 23rd, 2018 - 6 comments

The ideal occurrences this year at Waitangi would be …

Why President Trump should be opposed by the left

Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, January 20th, 2018 - 52 comments

Ten reasons why Donald Trump is anti worker and bad for America’s working class.

Can This Government Regain Power on Its Policies?

Written By: - Date published: 11:46 am, January 17th, 2018 - 82 comments

The sixth Labour led Government has made a good start to its term. But what policy results will New Zealand have to vote for and campaign on in 2020?

Is it time to Nationalise Auckland?

Written By: - Date published: 8:51 am, January 13th, 2018 - 52 comments

It has been a decade now since Minister of Local Government Rodney Hide proposed amalgamating all of Auckland’s city councils into one enormous entity by dumping much of the Royal Commission’s proposals. Well it’s time to hold its results to account.

Climate Change and the New Zealand Defence Forces

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, January 12th, 2018 - 74 comments

It’s always bugged me that our military forces are under-used in New Zealand. It’s time we invited them to protect us from climate change.


Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, January 10th, 2018 - 12 comments

Ad reviews the Children’s movie Coco and suggests there is something there for people of all ages.

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