It’s almost like a bad joke. Steven Joyce, our Minister of Finance and previous Minister of Transport, insisting his government is the “Infrastructure Government.” They’ve had this electoral strategy since the 2008 campaign, and nearly 9 years later it is ringing ever more hollow. If only it were true. New Zealand does have an infrastructure […]
The superannuation debate sparked this week by Prime Minister Bill English is fractious and unhelpful. Framing superannuation The framing of the problem around the financial sustainability of superannuation is simply too narrow. It goes like this: people are living longer and therefore we can’t afford to keep giving them financial support from age 65. We […]
Bryce Edwards, a political commentator, recently said that Aotearoa has a problem with youth engagement, and getting more young people into politics won’t solve this issue. I have to respectfully disagree with Edwards on this point. There is definitely a need to improve youth engagement in politics. But it seems to me that taking issue […]
The end of the year! 2016 has been…a mixed bag – Trump-ism, losing Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen et al, and the creeping malaise of a tired government. Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter shares her year. My highlights of 2016 This year, I got to do many exciting things and lead a range of campaigns […]
Last week we experienced one of those watershed moments in the tale of Auckland’s transport. The road to the airport became more car park than motorway; as a result dozens of flights were delayed, people missed their flights and had to foot the bill for costly changes. Gridlock at Auckland airport @AKL_Airport #welcometoNZ pic.twitter.com/tmfyLZbM43 — […]
Cases of syphilis are increasing in Auckland. You read that right, syphilis! RNZ reported today that rates of syphilis have increased by 71 percent (between 2013-2015). We have known about the increase in syphilis figures for a while, but nothing seems to have been done about it. Staggeringly, in Auckland where rates are highest, the […]
Did cutting the top tax rate in 2010 (to better align it with the trust and company tax rates) eliminate the widespread tax avoidance occurring around the top tax threshold?
John Key is in Laos today attending the East Asia Summit. Laos has been called the land of a million bombs. During the Vietnam War, the US dropped roughly 270 million cluster bombs. Approximately 80 million failed to detonate. Peterkim Manithong was 16 years old when he picked up a cluster bomb while walking home […]
The European Commission has ruled that Apple owes €13bn in back taxes there. It’s likely that Apple owes New Zealand our fair share of back taxes too. The New Zealand Government collected close to $11 billion in taxes for companies last year. If New Zealand companies paid the tax rate Apple does in Europe — […]
The National Government admitted last week that it will not be taking any responsibility for KiwiSaver funds that invest in cluster bomb, landmine, and nuclear weapons manufacturers. New Zealanders care deeply about whether or not their money is being used to do harm elsewhere. It’s time the Government did too.