Managing services and infrastructure for the public good. The recent scandal with FaceBook and Cambridge Analytica has shown what happens when the controllers of capital are able to decide how things should run to benefit them. Economic dominance and first mover advantage coupled with a lack of regulation has captured the public’s data and used […]
Was the China FTA a positive for New Zealand?
As the NZ government is considering signing up to the TPPA next year it might be worth looking at the effects of trade deals already in place. Although the Australian Closer Economic Relationship (CER) agreement pre-dates the 10 year old China FTA has wrought the greatest recent change. We are advised by both major political […]
Who could be who in the new cabinet?
Everyone is so preoccupied with the diversions of government formation that there’s little talk of the outcome and who might be in the new roles. The lack of informed speculation about the policy accommodations of both options is bizarre and the sight of a media crew waiting in the parliamentary complex lobbies to report on […]
PollyAnna politics? The positive possibilities of the Red, Green and Black
Update 28/2/17 to include policy synergy on Trade Agreements and Employment relations. Printable version of PollyAnna politics All bets are off for the formation of a new government. But everyone seems to want a say. Me too! The Sunday Star Times reiteration at the weekend of National’s “Moral Auhority” (sic) that had been […]
Do we need a money revolution?
Professor William Mitchell is in Wellington on Friday 28 July and he will be speaking at a Wellington event to discuss how Modern Monetary Theory could support New Zealand’s economy, society, environment, and way of life over the next 20 years. RSVP for this event Professor William Mitchell is a world leading economist a […]
Tony Alexander’s free reign at the BNZ
I read in the news recently that the BNZ’s chief economist Tony Alexander has made some demeaning remarks about young people wanting to buy houses and has been stretching the boundaries of his reporting by providing investment advice in the BNZ newsletter. I am afraid to report that his ability to insult and […]
Who owns our water?
Reposted from by Urban Earthtalk with permission. Author Charmaine Pountney. When I saw this heading in huge capitals on a one-page article in the NZ Herald… SHOULD ONE RACE CONTROL NEW ZEALAND’S FRESH WATER? my first thought was “could this be an article about how Pakeha colonists have taken over the country’s natural water sources […]
Anti-TPPA tour around NZ : Filling out the picture
When Auckland Law Professor Jane Kelsey and Director and Lori Wallach, Founder of Global Trade Watch, a division of Public Citizen toured NZ this week they conveyed a series of messages that have not had much coverage by the mainstream media. Just for starters had any NZ commentator put two and two together to discover […]
TPPA: Don’t sign rally and next steps
Anti TPPA March Demands – reproduced from the It’s Our Future Website and read out at 14 rallies nationwide today. A list of demands has been formulated by It’s Our Future and concerned citizens around the country, and was read out at the 14 rallies around the country today. Copies in A4 and A5 can […]
Overreach: When ideology replaces quality public services
In the last week the National government’s ideological approach has been heavily criticised by the very organisations that should be the beneficiaries of the it’s proposed policy changes. Lowered regulation in housing construction On Monday Radio New Zealand reported that the government is planning to allow builder self certification and that “New Zealand had “moved […]
Naomi Klein on not looking.
Larger PDF version of How we look away from climate change diagram Here is a model of what Klein identifies as the reasons we use for not looking at climate change in her recent book “This changes everything”
Another world is possible. The Labour History Project’s 2015 Essay competition
The Labour History Project launched an essay competition last year. The competition is running again in 2015 and entries close on Tuesday 2 June. See the attached flyer for details about the competition, closing date and prizes. The topic is ‘Another world is possible’ and you can read the 2014 prize winning essays here. The […]