Collapse of the NZ Herald
In case you hadnít noticed
it, the New Zealand Herald, the paper that used to claim
to be the countryís premier paper of record, has
abandoned this aspiration and seems intent on becoming a
mere British-style tabloid...
New Comic Era
The truth is so rare and
painful in politics, itís so valuable it must be
why satire and comedy are so important because itís the
best way to explain the absurdities of life.
In Praise of
Changing Your Mind
The hardest thing in
politics is to change your mind, itís embarrassing to
switch horses, itís ungainly, and makes a politician
vulnerable to attack.
The great economist, Lord Keynes, was once
challenged at a media event...
The rise of the
Reserve Bank Act
Hon David Butcher
week's guest piece is a letter written by The Hon David
Butcher, to Bryan Gould. Although it was written in 1995,
it outlines the risks associated with politial
interference in the economy and ...
28 January 09
Remember the drama of the
G20, the group of the Top 20 industrialised nations, and
their summit in
to address the needs of concerted global action to address
the global economic crisis?
from the Throne
Minister, Rt Hon. John Key (Delivered
by Governor General.)
"The driving goal of the new Government will be to grow the New Zealand
economy in order to deliver greater prosperity, security
and opportunities to all New Zealanders. It will be going
for growth becauseÖ" More
11 December 08
Election cycles drive up the feeling that itís time
for a change and new governments get honeymoons. Both
are at work in NZ now. The
size and magnitude of Labourís defeat has not sunk in. More
that Isn't Barking
11 November 08
Iíve spent the last
few weeks overseas at Board meetings, various
seminars and think tanks in Europe, the Middle East, Mexico, and
Canada. I donít know how anyone can get any work done in
Genius of Democratic Capitalism
With unabashed glee, many commentators over
the past week have again predicted the end of capitalism,
some even suggesting a worldwide depression.
Itís the capitalist system thatís at fault,
they yell, none can point to a single example anywhere in
the world as a model. They
have no success stories to report... More
The real cost to the global
economy of the lack of progress in concluding the Doha
Development round is not yet apparent.
We have just concluded the most successful,
sustained period of global growth in history...
and the Privileges Committee
Anyone watching yesterdayís parliamentary
debate about the report of the Privileges Committee into
Winston Petersí dissembling over his knowledge of the
donations that have been made to his legal expenses will
realize that MPs took the matter extremely seriously.
Peters was censured by the House for knowingly providing
false or misleading information, and was ordered to file,
within seven days, amended returns for his pecuniary
interests over the last three years.... More
Zealand, MMP and Corruption
Helen Clark has again proven to be the most
gifted political manager of our age.
Itís tough to euthanise old comrades but her new
Party list will give us at least 10 new faces in
things go wrong a quarter of our MPís will be new, which
is a good base to rebuild, fight back and hold the
Most will be loyal because they have worked in the
Very Foreign Ministry
Iím guilty of forgiving, even covering up
for, Winston Peters over the years.
After his anti-Asian rave, I even went on a visit
with him to
to make the point he was not anti-Asian, it was just
politics. Shame on
me, I like Winston, good bloke to have a beer with, but
all this is now a danger to NZís
asked about him overseas, I would say, ďItís bunkam,
populism. Donít worryĒ. More
Warming Science Moves On
Dr. David Evans
On global warming, public policy is where the science was
in 1998. Due to new evidence, science has since moved off
in a different direction.
30 July 08
This week Trade Ministers assemble in
to try and make progress at the World Trade Organisation
on the Doha Development trade round. The global economy
needs the boost that further trade liberalisation has
23 July 08
rare moment of candour, the Minister of Police confessed
we are losing the battle against methamphetamines,
commonly known as P. It
is a chilling admission, and itís true.
A South Auckland mayor said if we get rid of P, we
will get rid of gangs. Dead
wrong. P is a
relatively new evil, gangs existed well before P became a
huge money-spinner for the gangs.
Empowerment for the Poor
16 July 08
Look at the worst places to
live in the world Ė Burma,
Zimbabwe. What have they in
democracy, no human, civil, commercial and legal rights.
When governments deny you your rights, then they
have the worst outcomes for ordinary people.
The elites always do well.
Equality under the law, the fact that the sovereign
is accountable to the law, are fundamental to manís
Moore needs some reminders of Labourís past
9 July 08
In his rush to judgement (The Politics of Retirement, 18 June 2008, nzcpr
midweek), Mike Moore slides by some inconvenient
truths about the last 30 or so years of
ís superannuation history. More
for UN Human Rights Role?
2 July 08
announcement that New Zealand has declared its candidacy for
membership of the United Nations Human Rights Council raises a
number of interesting questions. Like why are we doing this?
And what do we hope to achieve? More
Noon in Geneva, Again
25 June 08
Agriculture has always been the deal-breaker or
deal-maker in world trade talks at the World Trade
trade talks have often collapsed, because governments have
not been able to agree.
Unlike other Ministerial meetings, WTO talks are
real, between contracting parties, backed up by a binding
disputes system, and agreements need to be ratified by
Politics of Retirement
18 June 08
nearly a decade out of power, itís easy to forget how
dreadful, cynical and short-sighted the National Party has
been in the past, especially in regard to the treatment of
retired New Zealanders. They
have done it again, with waffle on KiwiSaver. More
Ideas to Super-size New Zealand's Economy
11 June 08
Dr Don Brash
Don Brash outlines a 10-point plan to increase our living
standards. He says implementing it would take courage, but
none of it is politically impossible and the results would
Politics & Climate Change
4 June 08
Dr Ron Smith
Science does not proceed on the basis of consensus.
The history of science is full of cases where a
minority (or even single individuals) turn out to be right
and the majority turns out to be wrong.
Populism & Demagogic Politics
28 May 08
Politics should be more noble than a checklist of fears
and promises to targeted sectors, to be ticked off during
an election cycle. One of the tragedies of NZ politics is
how the real promise of Winston Peters, who had much to
offer NZ, has been wasted. More
Moral Question. What do you do?
14 May 08
Dictators hardly ever quit.
They canít. They
may be prosecuted or worse.
Those who replace them may take revenge.
How do they live, who pays them when they retire or
why many steal millions of dollars and park the money
overseas for a rainy day.. More
Auckland Local Government, a submission
30 April 08
Dr Michael Bassett
The 1989 structure was the best that was politically
achievable at the time (29 territorial authorities into 7,
with a regional body) but weaknesses have shown up with
the structure and especially at the regional level where
the voice is weaker than intended at the time. That
regional voice needs to be strengthened. More
23 April 08
What has been the most successful 50 years of alleviating
poverty in human history is threatened.
Whatís happening, whatís new?
Nothing is more important than food.
In 12 months, corn and rice prices have doubled,
wheat price tripled, soy beans up by 87%, and global food
reserves are at their lowest levels ever.
A 100 million people in the poorest countries have
been pushed further into poverty... More
the Excellent; and the Bad
16 April 08
China has only become integrated into the global economy
over the past 20 years, the results for China, stunning,
hundreds of millions of people lifted out of extreme
poverty. This lifts living standards worldwide, has kept
global inflation down, and stretched familiesí
purchasing power. In part, this is why the last 10 years
has seen the most sustained economic growth in history... More
Now or Never - almost, at the WTO
9 April 08
No-one was confident we would launch a new trade round
when Ministers met in Doha when I was Director-General of
the World Trade Organisation.
We managed a launch because, in the end, there was
so much in it for everyone.
The World Bank suggested, at the time, abolishing
all barriers could lift the global economy by almost US$3
trillion, and lift 320 million people out of poverty. ... More
Middle East - Work in Progress
The Middle East conjures up dark pictures in Westernersí
minds, the agonies of Palestine and Iraq.
Thatís like judging all of Africa because of
Dufar, or all of Asia because of North Korea.
Thereís more to the region and the Muslim world
than that... More
Revisisted, China Revisitng the World
26 March 08
just made my 20th visit to China.
China will not change the modern world, it already
has. They have
taken more than a million people a month out of extreme
poverty over the past 20 years, lifting hundreds of
millions out of poverty, and now generate wealth, jobs and
growth everywhere. More
on Political Courgage
5 March 08
Sometimes you need to oppose the majority, try to survive
and create a new majority.
Politicians in corners donít often lie, their
compromise is to say nothing.
Iíve had a number of mute politicians confide
that they agree with my attacks on the Electoral Finance
Luther King, Jr. said, ďOur lives begin to end the day
we become silent about things that matter.Ē ... More
interview with John Boscawen, campaigner against the
Electoral reform Bill
27 February 08
director, Muriel Newman, interviews John
Boscawen about his high profile opposition to the Electoral Reform Act... More
20 February 08
Dissent is the
lifeblood and oxygen of progressive politics.
It always has been.
We social democrats trace our history of dissent
back through the centuries as we wrung concessions out of
the powerful and privileged... More
Minister's Statement to Parliament
12 February 2008
Helen Clark PM
It's a privilege for me as Prime Minister to present this
annual statement to Parliament on our government's
priorities for the year ahead. 2007 was a year of progress
on many major government initiatives... More
2008 is an important year for us all, not only because
itís election year but because, internationally, many
great issues will come to the forefront. More
of the Nation Address
time a week ago we were saying goodbye to our country's
favourite son.... More
and the Prime Minister's speech
in reply >>>
Banana Republic - Without the Bananas
Rt Hon Mike Moore
New Zealandís constitutional arrangements; a
republic, will soon be on the political agenda, hereís why,
and why itís dangerous... More
Is Not Inevitable
Rt Hon Mike Moore
Why is it that
countries that should be wealthy, that have resources,
have continued to under-perform?
Poverty is a man-made thing so we can fix it.
Whatís the common denominator in success and
failure? Open economies
always do better. More
Rt Hon Mike Moore
Itís often said that elections are decided by
discussions over the Christmas barbeque before election year.
Erratic Christmas weather will provoke discussion about
climate warming. Itís
fascinating that New Zealandís record of emissions is higher
than many who have not signed the Kyoto Agreement.
The record is the opposite of the rhetoric.