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 […]
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 […]
New Zealand’s industries have low productivity. Let’s help by privatising the public sector.
Printable version The Productivity Commission has been asked by the Government to review the Social Services Sector. Their brief is broad including social development, the education sector including schools, polytechnics and universities as well as hospitals and the wider health sector. The Commission’s role is to look at the policy, regulations and legislation that hamper […]
The Entrepreneurial State
The Entrepreneurial State: A book review Mariana Mazzucato is a UK economist who has worked at Demos, the UK thinktank and is a professor at the University of Sussex. Her latest book The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking public vs private sector myths is written from the viewpoint that the state is the major, but often invisible, […]
The Entrepreneurial State: the hidden engine of Economic Development?
A review of Mariana Mazzucato’s recent book Is the entrepreneurial state the hidden engine of Economic Development? Yes! Mariana Mazzucato is a UK economist who has worked at Demos, the UK Think Tank and is an economics professor at the University of Sussex. Her latest book The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking public vs private sector myths […]