Category: Economic Issues

Dr Muriel Newman

The Lockdown Week 2 – Concerns

With all of the indecision, contradictions, and failure to follow the lead of countries that have controlled the virus without destroying their economies, one can’t help but feel our leaders are making this crisis deeper than was necessary.


Dr Muriel Newman

The Lockdown Week 1 – Questions...

German immunologist and toxicologist Professor Stefan Hockertz says, “Covid-19 is no more dangerous than influenza, but is simply observed much more closely. More dangerous than the virus is the fear and panic created by the media and the ‘authoritarian reaction’ of many governments.”


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.


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 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.


Dr Edward A. Hudson

House prices

The cause of rising house prices is basic economics – demand exceeds supply. In the short run, excess demand bids up prices. In the longer run, high prices lead to an increase in supply, particularly in new construction. But we are not yet in a balanced demand-supply situation.


Dr Muriel Newman

Judicial Activism

Without a doubt Sian Elias’ Ngati Apa judgement was unprecedented judicial activism. And that’s the problem with judicial activism – the public are left to pick up the pieces. So here we are, almost 20 years later, facing multiple tribal claims for the country’s entire coastline. The first ones will be heard this year...