Category: Weekly Column

Dr Muriel Newman

Election Year Politics

With an election just seven months away it’s useful to reflect on the changing nature of politics - on both the left and right of the political spectrum - and what influence it might have on New Zealand.


Dr Muriel Newman

Taxing Commercial Charities

Over recent years Google and Facebook have become targets in a campaign questioning whether such successful international companies are paying their “fair share” of tax in the countries in which they operate.


Dr Muriel Newman

Out of Control Regulations

If US President Donald Trump was the Prime Minister of New Zealand and heard what the Ministry for Primary Industries is doing to Biddy Fraser-Davies of Cwmglyn Cheese in Ekatahuna, he would undoubtedly call the head of that agency and say “You're fired”.


Dr Muriel Newman

New Zealand Day

Waitangi Day has been steeped in local protest and controversy for years. That’s why Prime Minister Norman Kirk named it New Zealand Day when he turned it into a national holiday in 1973 - to signify that New Zealand was moving towards a broader concept of nationhood.


Dr Muriel Newman

Drug Testing Drivers

The carnage on New Zealand’s roads is continuing, with 326 fatalities last year - seven more than in 2015, and 30 more than in 2014. While one in four of the drivers were going too fast for the conditions, drugs and alcohol were factors in 40 percent of the crashes.


Dr Muriel Newman

Politically Correct Madness

Political Correctness is being used by vested interest groups to force new norms of thought and behaviour onto society. Nowadays if you are not “sensitive” enough in embracing values such as “tolerance” and “diversity”, then you will be aggressively attacked and stigmatised by activist critics - including in the media.


Dr Muriel Newman

The Year Ahead

2016 has been a year of significant political change. Establishment politics has been turned on its head. From the Brexit referendum in the UK, to the election of Donald Trump in the US, the shock waves kept coming.


Dr Muriel Newman

Reflections on John Key

The Prime Minister’s surprise announcement that he will resign on Monday has dominated the news this week. John Key said he’s been thinking about this issue all year but firmed up his decision during a recent visit to New York.


Dr Muriel Newman

Parliamentary Sovereignty Under Attack

Not content with creating the Treaty of Waitangi grievance industry and inserting ‘undefined’ Treaty principles into legislation – to enable activist Judges to invent new Treaty ‘rights’ - Sir Geoffrey Palmer now wants replace the sovereignty of the Queen with a new Constitution embedding the Treaty as superior law.


Dr Muriel Newman

Tinkering with the RMA

The new Iwi Participation Agreements will require democratically elected councils to seek the approval of unelected tribal representatives in all major decision-making. Even though many councils have more than a dozen iwi claiming an interest in their areas – each will be entitled to set up their own Agreements and be individually consulted.