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Dr Muriel Newman

Hands Off Our Water

As you read this newsletter, the New Zealand Centre for Political Research’s public information campaign outlining the government’s intention to allow Maori control of fresh water is getting ready to roll off the printing presses.

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Mike Butler

Tribes plan for $1b plus water ownership

A $1-billion “capacity building” fund plus tribal ownership of freshwater, of all Crown owned river and lake beds, and the water column, are among proposals the Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group is taking around the country for tribal ratification.

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Dr Muriel Newman

Trading into the Future

The text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, a 12-country trade deal between New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, the US, and Vietnam, was released last week.

Professor Crawford Falconer

Beyond TPP

TPP is big in its own right. But I suspect it will prove to be at least as significant for the powerful momentum shift it represents. The truth is that, since China (and Taiwan) joined the WTO way back in 2002, there have been no globally significant trade negotiating outcomes. There have been FTA’s. Plenty of them. But nothing really big.

Dr Muriel Newman

Keeping the Public in the Dark

Congratulations to the All Blacks for a wonderfully successful Rugby World Cup campaign – they did us proud! But now the Webb Ellis trophy is safely back home, it’s time to turn our attention to domestic affairs - in particular, the control of fresh water.

David Round

Treachery is a contemptible thing

There is absolutely no legal, moral or common sense justification for any Maori claim to fresh water. The legal situation is that no-one owns water, and no-one ever has. This was the situation at common law, and the Water and Soil Conservation Act 1967 and now the Resource Management Act 1991 start off from the same assumption.

Dr Muriel Newman

The Dangers of Junk Science

The point is that junk science and hype-driven press coverage, doesn’t just apply to the diet industry. Dubious research can be found in all sorts of areas to justify claims for political or financial advantage. But nowhere is it more evident than in the field of climate change.

Dr Patrick Moore

Should We Celebrate Carbon Dioxide?

There is no definitive scientific proof, through real-world observation, that carbon dioxide is responsible for any of the slight warming of the global climate that has occurred during the past 300 years, since the peak of the Little Ice Age.

Dr Muriel Newman

Made in New Zealand

The announcement earlier this month that the biggest free-trade deal in history - the 12 nation Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement - has finally been concluded, is a remarkable accomplishment and very good news for New Zealand.

Daniel Ikenson

Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Reached! Now What?

After six years of negotiations, a final Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement has been reached in Atlanta. Check your pacemakers, trade policy wonks. This is about as exciting as it gets in our world.