Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, June 25th, 2017 - 9 comments
Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand and supported by Forest and Bird have proposed that a new National Park including the Remarkables be created.
Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, June 21st, 2017 - 54 comments
What if the left had an authoritarian populist in power and got some stuff done?
Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, June 15th, 2017 - 116 comments
The possible introduction of debt to income lending ratios will potentially have an enormous effect on New Zealand’s housing market.
Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, June 6th, 2017 - 55 comments
This week marks the anniversary of the Middle East six day war. How have things developed and what can be done to achieve lasting peace?
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, May 30th, 2017 - 16 comments
The history of the Korean peninsular suggests that there is more than a remote chance of nuclear war breaking out some time soon.
Written By: - Date published: 9:10 am, May 15th, 2017 - 122 comments
Housing may be the issue that decides this year’s election. And if Labour wins Andrew Little will have a major crisis to deal with, one that he has to solve.
Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, May 10th, 2017 - 9 comments
South Korea has responded to corruption allegations by electing a new president who plans to dump their equivalent of the SIS and oppressive security laws, greatly tax the wealthy, clean out corruption, and hugely strengthen the public sector.
Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, May 8th, 2017 - 96 comments
The election of Trudeau in Canada and Macron in France suggest that the path to electoral success may be with younger fresh faced and untainted candidates.
Written By: - Date published: 8:50 am, April 30th, 2017 - 128 comments
If Labour wins in September what state infrastructure can it utilise to deliver on its promise to build tens of thousands of affordable homes?
Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, April 26th, 2017 - 79 comments
The French Presidential run off presents worrying signs for progressives. Why is the electorate sliding to the right?
Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, April 24th, 2017 - 52 comments
Bill English is to announce a cabinet reshuffle today. What should he do?
Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, April 6th, 2017 - 19 comments
Nick Smith’s RMA reforms are close to being completed. Will his high homes for the reforms be met?
Written By: - Date published: 8:23 am, April 5th, 2017 - 15 comments
Because of our our central government’s refusal to build social housing and both NZTA and AT rigorously avoiding urban development integration, the default control of housing supply lies with Australian regulation of New Zealand’s retail banks and their lending.
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, April 4th, 2017 - 27 comments
To win the 2017 election Labour does not need a broad suite of policies, rather it needs to make sure that it is asking the right questions.
Written By: - Date published: 2:17 pm, March 29th, 2017 - 3 comments
Last week the main heads of the European Union governments got together to celebrate 60 years since the first declaration in Rome. This is a good time to review if it is still fulfilling its original goals.
Written By: - Date published: 1:06 pm, March 28th, 2017 - 39 comments
At a time when the United States is reducing its diplomatic capacity and its willingness to enter into International Treaties New Zealand’s willingness to deal with China places it in an almost unique position in the western world.
Written By: - Date published: 8:39 am, March 25th, 2017 - 111 comments
The Labour-Green Budget Responsibility Rules announcement this week ought to dispel the notion that Labour and the Greens cannot work together.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, March 4th, 2017 - 22 comments
2017 will be New Zealand’s eighth election under MMP, over 22 years. With very strong democratically elected governments appearing right across the world digging in for the long term, it’s useful to take a moment for MMP.
Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, February 24th, 2017 - 25 comments
The Crown is seeking to overturn the Court of Appeal decision obtained by Forest and Bird which is preventing Conservation land in the Hawkes Bay from being used for the controversial Ruataniwha dam.