economy Archive

  • David Clendon

    Devaluing Science - by David Clendon



    A recent article by Jacqueline Rowarth, Professor of Agribusiness at Waikato University, gives a very good summary of this government’s muddled thinking (my words, not hers!) about the value of  science and scientists. On one hand we have  Minister Joyce trumpeting the importance of science, and attempting to wield some very blunt instruments to ‘encourage’ […] read more
    April 14, 2014 10:41 am - 4 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Aspiring Northland - by David Clendon



    Finance Minister Bill English got it half right when he said recently that models of government intervention that had been applied in the Far North over the last thirty years had “disempowered them rather than helped them”.  Mr English told the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee that there had been a culture and a climate […] read more
    February 3, 2014 10:37 am - 29 Comments
  • David Clendon

    The Greens are the Bogeymen! - by David Clendon



    Yesterday’s editorial in the Northern Advocate offers some intriguing observations about the launch of the political (ie. election) year. read more
    January 29, 2014 10:10 pm - 37 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Improving productivity – one research paper at a time? - by David Clendon



    The latest report from the Productivity Commission, ‘Productivity by the Numbers : The New Zealand Experience”  offers a snapshot of the productivity performance of New Zealand’s economy.  Sadly, it confirms what is generally well known, that as a country we feature at the wrong end of the relevant statistics. We are told that “New Zealanders work about 15% […] read more
    September 24, 2013 10:08 pm - 32 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Going geothermal - by Catherine Delahunty



    Yesterday Gareth Hughes and I visited the Contact Energy geothermal power complex at Wairakei. It was a chance to see how the power stations work including how the energy is managed and how water and waste is treated It was a fascinating opportunity to go inside the older facility at Wairakei built in the 1950’s […] read more
    June 20, 2013 1:03 pm - 108 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Southern Sojourns of a ‘mostly rational’ MP - by David Clendon



    I have spent much of this recess week  in (sometimes) sunny Otago and Southland, and despite being about as far from my own rohe as it is possible to be without leaving the country, I found plenty to admire and enjoy. I made my first visit to a South Island  prison,  the Otago Correctional Facility, […] read more
    April 5, 2013 3:53 pm - No Comments
  • David Clendon

    If New Zealand was a banana, would we be getting sued? - by David Clendon



    There is a bit of a David and Goliath battle shaping up in the intellectual property domain, with NGO Fairtrade New Zealand and Australia taking on one of the world’s largest fruit suppliers, Dole bananas. Dole has been on notice that its so-called ‘ethical choice’  label is misleading.  A consumer might reasonably believe that it […] read more
    November 28, 2012 9:58 am - 3 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Fair hearing for Denniston in Environment Court - by Eugenie Sage



    Forest and Bird deserves every success in its Environment Court case to protect the distinctive coal measures ecosystems and landscapes of the Denniston Plateau. This week the Court began hearing the Society’s appeal against West Coast councils granting resource consents under the RMA to Australian miner, Bathurst Resources’ destructive plans for an open cast coal […] read more
    October 30, 2012 2:04 pm - 1 Comment
  • frog

    The damaging dollar – how to ease exporters and save jobs - by frog



    As you might be aware, Russel floated a proposal in the weekend to address our high dollar which is damaging our exporters and manufacturers and costing kiwi’s jobs. We pulled together a brief Q&A to help explain the proposal. Why does getting the dollar down matter? Our dollar is over-valued because all our trading partners […] read more
    October 8, 2012 12:49 pm - 180 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    A fairer society is a richer society - by Russel Norman



    A new United Nations Trade and Development Report has found that reducing taxes for those who earn the most has not delivered widespread economic prosperity, as promised. In fact, the UN has found that such policies have caused developed economies to stagnate and grow increasingly unequal. The UN report found that better income distribution within […] read more
    September 14, 2012 12:56 pm - 14 Comments
  • frog

    Growing the Greens – AGM weekend - by frog



    This Queen’s Birthday weekend, the Green Party held its AGM at Upper Hutt’s native bush-surrounded Silverstream retreat with ‘Growing the Greens’ the appropriate theme. The largest Green Party AGM yet kicked off on Friday 1st June by celebrating the founding of the Values Party some 40 years ago. This was the party from which the […] read more
    June 5, 2012 4:55 pm - 6 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Digital Earth coming to Wellington - by David Clendon



    Last night I enjoyed attending the launch of the 4th Digital Earth Summit 2012, that Wellington City will be co-hosting (along with Land Information New Zealand)  in September this year. It is not the first time that Digital Earth has come to New Zealand – Auckland hosted it in 2006, thanks largely to the efforts […] read more
    May 9, 2012 1:05 pm - No Comments
  • David Clendon

    Repeat after me: no environment, no economy… - by David Clendon



    The Government’s Minister in Charge of Many Things, Stephen Joyce, has become repetitive in his claim that those who oppose his economic agenda are simply anti-business, anti-jobs, anti-science,  anti-New Zealand making its way in the world.  This claim, most recently recounted in relation to the dirty deal being proposed to increase problem gambling in Auckland, is in equal […] read more
    April 4, 2012 10:26 pm - 11 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Green Growth, past and future - by David Clendon



    On Saturday I attended the launch of the Green Growth Advisory Group’s report on ‘greening’  New Zealand’s growth.  As well as being an interesting cultural experience in its own right, it was useful to hear first hand some of the ideas and expectations that flow from the document. The Greens see a lot in the […] read more
    March 6, 2012 9:15 am - 6 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Can’t or won’t? - by Gareth Hughes



    On Tuesday, Steven Joyce, Minister of Economic Development and Science and Innovation, wrote about the ‘you cant’s’ of our country, in an opinion piece in the NZ Herald. Feeling that perhaps I am one of those people he criticises as ‘people who in the one breath chant “more jobs, more jobs” and then in the next breath say “but don’t do that, or that, or that”, I thought I would ask Mr Joyce a few questions about why he and... read more
    February 10, 2012 2:11 pm - 102 Comments
  • frog

    The Christmas story: Russel Norman’s Address in Reply speech - by frog



    “These are the values that help to lay down the essential nature of what it means to be human and guide us to live a ‘good’ life – good to ourselves, good to one another, and good to the world in which we make our livelihoods.” – Russel Norman. Address in Reply speeches are long, […] read more
    December 21, 2011 9:48 pm - 9 Comments
  • David Clendon

    A precautionary tale - by David Clendon



    Following is an extract from Hansard, recording an exchange I had with energy Minister Hekia Parata back in April.  The question was asked at a time when iwi, hapu, environmental groups and others were trying to persuade the government that issuing permits for deep water drilling is a bad idea. David Clendon: What is the […] read more
    October 10, 2011 9:52 am - 9 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Boom times for oil and gas? - by David Clendon



    This morning’s  Dominion article about ‘boom times’ for the gas and oil exploration industry is an intriguing, even slightly funny, mix of boosterism, drum beating and dissimulation. The Chair of PEPANZ appears almost breathless with excitement as he seeks to fulfil the primary objective of his organisation, “to publicise, promote and advance the interests of […] read more
    September 7, 2011 9:59 am - 6 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Invest in sustainability or uddermine our future? - by David Clendon



    Some straight talking from Michael Coote in an NBR (July 1st) article about the Indian economy. Noting the government’s enthusiasm for a free trade agreement with India,  Coote writes that : “The D-word – dairy – cited by Mr Key in in linking together the wonders of free trade with China and India should give […] read more
    July 11, 2011 9:00 am - 7 Comments
  • David Clendon

    ‘Green Growth’ – making it real. - by David Clendon



    I’m looking forward to seeing what the Pure Advantage group come up with later today when they launch their campaign “to deliver world-leading improvements to our economy, our environmental performance and the living standards of all New Zealanders”.  I suspect it will be considerably more innovative and better informed than what we saw earlier this week from the government-appointed  […] read more
    July 7, 2011 3:45 pm - 15 Comments
  • frog

    An inspiring and visionary look at the NZ economy - by frog



    If you want a clear and exciting alternative to “More dairy, more mining“, look no further than this! Sir Paul Callaghan busts some common myths about ourselves and puts for a vision for our future that everyone can get excited about. Watch the presentation on YouTube. Sadly embedding of the video has been disabled for […] read more
    June 3, 2011 9:59 am - 33 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Blackball Mayday Speech - by Kevin Hague



    While some others were focused on political events elsewhere in the country, I was in Blackball for the annual Mayday celebrations and for the launch of a memorial wheel for those who have lost their lives in West Coast mines in recent years, most notably the Pike River 29. Families had made tiles with the […] read more
    May 1, 2011 11:59 am - 2 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Productivity gains or party politics? - by David Clendon



    This week the Productivity Commission has been given its first task.  The Commission came into being late one Saturday night last December, with the house under urgency, and the Greens the only party in opposition to it. In the first reading speech I said of the proposed Commission : “It could reinforce outmoded, destructive, and […] read more
    April 1, 2011 12:27 pm - 15 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Tertiary education cuts still not healing - by David Clendon



    The Tertiary Education Union is concerned that NorthTec is looking to cut positions in trades training at a time when there is already a serious skills shortage.   We can expect the demand for trades people will only increase when the rebuilding of Christchurch begins in earnest, and the development of infrastructure in Auckland proceeds apace, among other things.  I’m […] read more
    March 31, 2011 1:08 pm - 2 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    Paying to rebuild Christchurch: A small temporary earthquake levy - by Russel Norman



    While the horror of Christchurch’s second earthquake continues to unfold, those of us not immediately involved in the recovery can begin to plan for the rebuilding of a city and the livelihoods of those who live there. The question that immediately comes to mind is how are we going to pay for the recovery and […] read more
    February 25, 2011 9:45 am - 76 Comments
  • frog

    State of the Planet speech 2011 - by frog



    Last Sunday Russel gave the annual State of the Planet speech to a packed and excited crowd at Te Mahurehure Marae in Auckland. It was a great and powerful speech that clearly defined the Green vision for Aotearoa. Russel also attacked National and Labour for bludging off our grandchildren and pulling the ladder of opportunity […] read more
    February 3, 2011 9:22 am - 11 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Green ravings = government policy, apparently. - by David Clendon



    My second favourite comic strip is Matthew Hooton’s weekly contribution to the National Business Review. The NBR is a useful read – its political perspective and analysis is generally different from mine, and they break some interesting stories. In the latest (December 3rd) issue, Mr Hooton reveals that, “…everyone from Mr [Trevor] Mallard to Mr […] read more
    December 6, 2010 8:00 am - 18 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Who’s slowing Auckland down? - by David Clendon



    The skirmish that has broken out between Mike Lee and Steven Joyce could well herald the opening of an all out war. Len Brown came into office on a platform (among other things) of advocating strongly for public transport investment, with a key project being the CDB rail loop to open up the ‘dead end’ that is Britomart, which will reduce the congestion in the inner city area that imposes significant cost on businesses as well as compromising the ability... read more
    November 10, 2010 3:23 pm - 33 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    Key in denial about inevitable impact of carbon charges and oil shocks - by Russel Norman



    John Key’s reaction to the distance-based UK departure tax shows just how out of touch he is about our economic future. This Government is deeply in denial. There is no question that climate change and rising fossil fuel prices will change travel patterns, and we should be taking this future into account in our tourism […] read more
    November 3, 2010 2:45 pm - 16 Comments
  • Metiria Turei

    Will Labour really take action on child poverty? - by Metiria Turei



    Annette King’s speech to the Labour Party conference over the weekend was all about how Labour’s policy will focus on children and “put our children first”. It all sounds quite familiar, but, all cynicism aside, it is really good to hear Labour talking like this. The more political parties put children at the heart of […] read more
    October 18, 2010 10:32 pm - 138 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Obama and Greens encourage support for small business - by David Clendon



    I’m not suggesting that Barack Obama has been keeping an eye on our Green party policy, but his recent highlighting of the economic and social value of small business certainly rings some familiar bells! read more
    August 19, 2010 5:35 pm - 20 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Doing the business with businesses - by David Clendon



    July has been a busy month so far, especially for my small business portfolio.  On Monday 5th July I hosted a Smart Business breakfast in Christchurch. It was a  cosy meeting (despite the frosty morning!) at the ‘Under the Red Verandah’ cafe  with a diverse bunch of people including representatives from the renewable energy sector, coffee  roasting  industry […] read more
    July 26, 2010 12:08 pm - 9 Comments
  • frog

    The Volunteer Economy – Podcast - by frog



    Check out the latest podcast from Parliament. It’s a goodie. Green Party MP and serial volunteer Catherine Delahunty recounts one of the most entertaining and impressive experiences of a coordinated volunteer programme.  It took a village of volunteers to support a community court case against a mine in the Coromandel, sustained over several months. It’s […] read more
    July 8, 2010 2:53 pm - 15 Comments
  • David Clendon

    David’s Diary #3 – goodbye to Korea - by David Clendon



    Back to Incheon airport this morning, waiting to board en route to Bangkok. I have seen some novel and interesting things in the last few days, as one would hope and expect when visiting a country for the first time. But a few minutes catching up on the news from home via dear old Granny […] read more
    March 26, 2010 10:48 am - 4 Comments
  • David Clendon

    David’s Diary #2 – bridging the divide - by David Clendon



    Our second full day in Korea (and I do mean a full day!) has been illuminating in all sorts of ways, but the biggest buzz was entering North Korea (albeit briefly) without even having to produce a passport!  The opening session was a meeting over coffee with a professor of political studies from Chung-ang University, […] read more
    March 24, 2010 12:14 pm - 1 Comment
  • frog

    Mortgagee sales in Auckland – graph - by frog



    Sayeth the NZ Herald: the number of mortgagee sales – where a borrower’s property is sold by the [bank] – reached the highest levels since records began They’ve only been keeping records since 1994 though At the end of the article there are some numbers, which I made a graph of Manukau (orange line) is […] read more
    March 4, 2010 5:06 pm - 6 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Wake up call for NZ exporters - by David Clendon



    If Kiwi businesses are to stay in the international retail game they need to get serious about adopting environmental and sustainable business practices. This is the message coming loud and clear from research revealed by major British retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S). M&S says environmental and social issues remain important to UK consumers. A survey […] read more
    March 4, 2010 1:28 pm - 2 Comments
  • frog

    Fish industry uses net to catch hoki criticism - by frog



    To the surprise of conservationists, in 2001 the New Zealand hoki fishery was recognised as a sustainably managed fishery by the Marine Stewardship Council. Yet conservationists have continually raised concerns over how the fishery could possibly be sustainable when bycatch rates of NZ fur seals and seabirds are so high and the bottom trawling equipment […] read more
    December 12, 2009 10:05 am - 9 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    The brand vs battery cows - by Russel Norman



    This is how we present our butter to the world: “Only our cows are free to roam all day long. Anchor – the free range butter company”. And this is cubicle factory dairy production – the battery cow. Or this: Cognitive dissonance anyone? read more
    December 9, 2009 7:56 pm - 62 Comments
  • Jeanette Fitzsimons

    Herd homes vs cubicles like home vs prison - by Jeanette Fitzsimons



    Have you ever felt that after a long day inside a building you just have to get out and feel the sun and breathe some air? I guess not being able to do that is one  of the punishments the prison system imposes on offenders. But even they get an hour or so out in […] read more
    December 9, 2009 3:35 pm - 11 Comments