Category: Guest Posts

Derek Mackie

Climate Change - natural phenomenon or man-made "threat"

So, the Climate Change Commission has produced their final report after careful consideration of the public submissions, and it's essentially the same as the draft report. The Treaty is mentioned 193 times and the report recommends “a Maori-led approach to ensure an equitable transition” - remind anyone of He Puapua?


Graham Adams

Ardern’s Gamble: shutting down the “white privilege” debate

Jacinda Ardern has offered herself as a hostage to fortune by repeatedly denying that the doctrine of “white privilege” is being taught in schools, or that the teaching curriculum mentions it anywhere, or that it is part of her “government’s agenda”.


Karl du Fresne

Journalism or Indoctrination?

The Public Interest Journalism Fund should be seen not as evidence of a principled, altruistic commitment to the survival of journalism, which is how it’s been framed, but as an opportunistic and cynical play by a left-wing government – financed by the taxpayer to the tune of $55 million – for control over the news media at a time when the industry is floundering and vulnerable.


Professor Robert MacCulloch

The Budget is Not the Problem

The extraordinary rise of our regulatory state, comprised of red-tape and rules which can send the wrong signals and create woeful inefficiencies, has become public enemy number one. Our regulatory superstructure becomes vastly more opaque, year upon year, as each successive government tries to control more and more of our behaviours.


John Bell

Getting out of our Comfort Zone

Increasingly we are coming to terms with the reality that ACTION will be needed to turn around the prevailing public mood; but that action cannot simply be left to someone else! Effective action will not take place by chance; it will require the participation of significant numbers in effective, planned and co-ordinated initiatives.


Anthony Willy

Notes on the Judgment of Churchman J. in the case of Re Edwards.

At the heart of the judge’s reasoning is the notion that “Tikanga”, a partly spiritual partly cultural concept comprising a number of strands of behaviour by which it is now said that Maori society ordered its affairs in times past can somehow translate to rules of law relevant to the multi-ethnic, sophisticated, and complex society which New Zealand now is.


Mike Butler

Are you OK with two governments under tribal rule?

Are you OK with a radical plan for two governments in New Zealand, one for Maori and one for everyone else, to be up and running within the next 19 years? With Nanaia Mahuta at the helm, the plan is being slipped into the system, under the radar.


Dr William A. Stoltz

Five Eyes split demands Australia reset with New Zealand

Five Eyes is a key pillar to the security of the liberal order that countries such as Australia and New Zealand fought to establish during World War I and World War II. As the smaller of the Five Eyes members, New Zealand was always the natural target for China’s coercive efforts to divide and degrade the Five Eyes partnership.


Chris Trotter

Can The State Pull The Lone Wolf Terrorist’s Teeth?

Punished, But Not Prevented: Though bitterly contested by those firmly convinced that the Christchurch Mosque Shootings represent something more than the crime of a Lone Wolf terrorist, the Royal Commission’s finding that no state agency could have prevented Brenton Tarrant from carrying out his deadly intent – except by chance – is correct.


Tony Sayers

Time to Push Back

Today, the elite minority of the Maori 15% of the country’s population seeks 50%, or more, of power over the majority 85% of the population. All of these manifestations are glaring Kiwis in the face, and many are now aware of the danger but are unsure of what to do.