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Dr Muriel Newman

A Country in Lockdown

Unless the Prime Minister knows something that we don’t, it certainly appears that enacting the Singapore model could have prevented the country from needing to be closed down.

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Professor Dale Fisher

Singapore’s coronavirus response worked – what we can learn

Looking at what Singapore does differently, the biggest one is Singapore doesn’t let positive patients back into the community.

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Michael Coote

COVID-19 pretext for sweeping Maori tribal territorial claims

Any restrictions anywhere in New Zealand on public movement under COVID-19 Level 4 national emergency criteria should apply equally everywhere and to everybody, regardless of race, and only be imposed and enforced by legitimate authorities of the state and not Maori amateurs.


Dr Muriel Newman

COVID-19 – two weeks on

In spite of public officials saying that face masks don’t help to protect people from the virus, they clearly do since that’s what medical staff use.


Frank Newman

Financial Contagion

Investing is an act of optimism. The greater threat for our economy is the damage that has been done to business confidence. Pessimists don't invest.


Dr Muriel Newman

Labour's Dependency Trap

The only effective way to reduce child poverty is to ensure parents are in work, not on welfare. Policies that make welfare attractive risk deepening the dependency trap.


Clive Bibby

The kids aren't the only ones who've had a guts full

What we have here is a slick manoeuvre by the current government to gain public approval for a community programme that will make them look good in election year...


Dr Muriel Newman

COVID-19

Seven coronaviruses are now known to infect humans: the alpha, beta, gamma, and delta strains, SARS, MERS, and COVID-19. While the first four are responsible for influenza-type illnesses, with a fatality rate of 0.1 percent, both SARS and MERS are more deadly.


Dr Matt Ridley

Why have so many of our recent viruses come from bats?

This is not the first disease bats have given us. Rabies possibly originated in bats. So did, and does, Ebola, outbreaks of which usually trace back to people coming into contact with bat roosts in caves, trees or buildings.


Dr Muriel Newman

Election Year - a quick glimpse ahead

The 2020 general election will be held on Saturday September 19th. It will give New Zealanders the opportunity to vote, not only for those we want to govern the country for the next three years, but also on whether we want cannabis and euthanasia to be legalised.