Category: Guest Posts

Mike Hosking

Justice Minister seriously compromised on referendum votes

Looks like Andrew Little has already dug himself into a hole over his hare-brained scheme to monitor, and somehow regulate, our views and opinions next year when it comes to votes on weed, euthanasia and the government itself.


Robin Grieve

Carbon zero bill will derail our economy and wellbeing 

The Climate Change amendment (zero carbon) bill which will have major implications to our way of life is being rushed through Parliament and watching it progress is as horrifying as watching a train wreck in slow motion.


Lindsay Mitchell

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

It isn't at all clear to me what this brave new world of bigger benefits with no strings attached is going to do for children. Money can't buy love. In fact unconditional money finances lifestyles that are not conducive to happy and safe childhoods.


Nicholas Kerr

Big little climate lies

We should provide both children with a full picture of the issue of climate change so they can properly assess future news stories. That should include understanding that some climate change is due to entirely natural causes.


Gerrard Eckhoff

The Death Rattle of Local Democracy

Local democracy may look like its working, but council  rules of engagement virtually prohibit any public conflict of opinion between councillors. Codes of Conduct and the demand for “group speak” preclude vigorous debate.  It is wrongly viewed that dissent around a council table is seen as dysfunctional. Nothing could be further from the truth. The ability to speak against and vote 'no' in the face of majority support is an all too rare attribute in politics.


Chris Trotter

Taking Control Of The Nation's Story

What Maori nationalism seeks is a reversal of political fortunes: the creation of an Aotearoa-New Zealand in which Pakeha will no longer call the shots. A radical revision of New Zealand and, indeed, of global history, is crucial to achieving this political reversal.


Dr Bronwyn Howell

Consequences of the Christchurch Call: Social engineering by internet platforms?

When seventeen countries, the European Commission, and eight tech companies signed the “Christchurch Call” pledge in May, it was heralded as a triumph in the fight against the promulgation of violent extremist content online. The Call was led by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron.


Melanie Phillips

The Extinction of Reason

The whole climate change hypothesis is a mad, nightmarish cult in which an infantile view of the world, peddling ludicrous theories of imminent apocalypse which owe more to medieval millenarian sects than modern science, is being treated as unchallengeable wisdom by a lazy and credulous adult world that has stopped asking rational questions.


David Farrar

Why did Labour work so hard to protect the staffer?

At the point the complainants went public, it would be an absolute no brainer. You have a choice of a scandal that affects your core brand involving the Labour leader, President, Finance Minister and NZ Council. Of course you get rid of the staffer.


Michael Coote

Governor William Hobson - New Zealand's Forgotten Hero

There can be no doubt that British Royal Navy captain William Hobson is the founding father both of New Zealand as an independent sovereign nation and of Auckland as its greatest city.  No other person has so singularly influenced the course of modern New Zealand history.