Category: Regulation

Dr Muriel Newman

The Water Debate

Fresh water is an election issue. The export of bottled water has become the focus of an emotional debate that is being relentlessly politicised and propagandised.


Dr Muriel Newman

Super Policy Under Scrutiny

A new survey, released this week by the ABS Bank, found that one in five New Zealanders are strongly opposed to National’s plan to lift the retirement age from 65 to 67.


Michael Littlewood

Retirement income policies: what we know and what we don’t

New Zealand has a retirement income framework that, compared with the rest of the developed world, is closest to our ideal. However, that’s a low bar to clear. We can make things much better but we must start with impeccable, deep data.


Michael Coote

Politics, Property and the RMA

New Zealand First looks like the only stabilizing element in coalition governments that would otherwise fall under the extremist sway of either or both the Greens and the Maori Party.


Dr Muriel Newman

Next Steps in Coastal Claims

The parade welcoming home our winning Emirates Team New Zealand crew - and the America's Cup after a 14 year absence - was jubilant. Peter Burling and the rest of the sailors, cyclists, designers, boat builders and other stakeholders, did our country proud, and we congratulate them on their wonderful success.


Dr Hugh Barr

Our foreshore and seabed now massively at risk from tribal claims

The National Party’s desire to pander to the minor Maori Party led in March 2011, to the Marine and Coastal Area (MACA) Act. It gives major property and other rights to any Maori tribal group that can prove that it has “exclusively used and occupied an area of coast from 1840 to the present day”.


Dr Muriel Newman

Immigration Matters

The high levels of net migration are being driven by New Zealand’s strong economic growth. In addition, bureaucratic changes to New Zealand’s health and safety laws, forcing employers to drug test workers, are creating a growing demand for unskilled workers.


Rodney Hide

If Kiwis won't work then foreigners must do it

There is also the problem of drugs: Kiwis turn up to work refusing to be drug tested or failing to pass the drug tests. So much so, that I know of workplaces that have given up, sadly and reluctantly, on hiring Kiwis sent by Work and Income.


Dr Muriel Newman

Time for a Change in Welfare Policy

Last week the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, published their annual report card on child well-being across the countries of the European Union and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. They ranked New Zealand in 38th place out of the 41 nations.


Brian Giesbrecht

Child welfare system still broken

Under an aboriginal child welfare system, the best interests test, namely the cardinal rule in child welfare that an agency must do what is in the best interests of the child was abandoned. Instead, racial identity was given primacy.