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Dr Muriel Newman

Plastic Bags - a matter of perception not science

Jacinda Ardern's Government wants to ban the plastic shopping bags, that households find so useful, even though there is no evidence that New Zealand bags are harming our environment. So what does the consultation document say that might justify banning their use? In short, nothing. This is Nanny State Government at its worst.

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Nicholas Kerr

Feel-Good Bans on Plastic Bags Don’t Help the Ocean

Referring to plastic grocery bags as “single use” is almost certainly a misnomer. Consumers in jurisdictions with bans who reused the grocery bags to line their household trash cans, pack lunches, or even pick up their dog’s poop most often have little choice but to purchase significantly higher-density plastic bags for these purposes.

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Dr Muriel Newman

Housing Affordability – Lottery or Reform

Who would have thought that Labour - a party that has expended a great deal of political capital over the years railing against the profits made property traders - would introduce a housing policy that delivers significant capital gains to chosen recipients. Like the couple who have made an instant gain of around $70,000 after winning the KiwiBuild lottery .


Frank Newman

High rise rents and housing costs

This really points to the absurdity of the KiwiBuild scheme. It will not help a low income household at all - even “cost” price is too great, so those who are not on a wage on a par with a student doctor and IT expert will have to continue to rent and pay more as rents rise, thanks to all of the new rental-housing related regulations that the Government is bringing in


Dr Muriel Newman

Return the Coast to Public Ownership

In spite of assurances given by the National Government that under their new law, there would only be claims for remote areas of the coast, that would not impact on most Kiwis, it now appears increasingly likely that our entire coastline could end up under tribal control.


Professor Barend Vlaardingerbroek

Micronationalism and democracy don’t mix

It strikes me as axiomatic that a fully-fledged democracy entails the application of democratic principles, based on equality before the law, at all levels of governance. It is this maxim, once infused into the public psyche, that underpins the spirit of democracy.


Dr Muriel Newman

Global Warming - the new political platform

Like Helen Clark, Jacinda Ardern is using global warming to create a political platform on the international stage - and perhaps a career path at the United Nations. But her game plan - to lead the world through zero carbon legislation - will come at a significant economic cost to New Zealand.


Dr Jock Allison

Carbon Dioxide is a “Short Lived“ Gas

Much has been written recently about the misrepresentation of the effectiveness of methane as a Greenhouse Gas (GHG).  Our paper published in The Journal, the official publication of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management in September concludes that methane is irrelevant as a GHG and so is nitrous oxide. 


Dr Muriel Newman

The Controversy of Politics

The political media love controversy. There’s been an abundance of that ever since Donald Trump was elected US President - but over recent weeks, there’s been plenty here as well. Here’s how the Jamie-Lee Ross saga unfolded. 


Brian Gaynor

Balance of power in American voters' hands

It would be a huge mistake to believe that most Americans are obsessed with President Donald Trump and the ongoing drama in the nation's capital. Most Americans get on with life and are usually more interested in local matters.