Category: Regulation

Dr Muriel Newman

Setting New Zealand Up to Fail

The chill winds of the economic slowdown that Winston Peters predicted when he announced the new Government are here. His Government is putting New Zealand onto the path to failure.


Frank Newman

Official Cash Rate Surprise

The Reserve Bank's action says things are now more dire than they were during the Global Financial Crisis.  This is in contrast to the buzz from the Beehive which is: 'Don't worry, be happy'!


Dr Muriel Newman

A Tiger by the Tail

Alarmism over climate change, has now reached dangerous proportions. People are literally afraid for their lives. Many do not realise that they are victims of a hyped-up political propaganda campaign.


Dr Muriel Newman

Private Property Rights Under Threat

A land protest near Auckland airport has serious implications for private property rights in New Zealand - if it is not handled properly by the Government.


Dr Bryce Edwards

Ihumātao reflects the Zeitgeist of 2019

The extraordinary Māori land protest at Ihumātao in Auckland is symbolic of our time. It is unlikely to have occurred, say, five years ago.


Dr Muriel Newman

A Sacrificial Lamb

The Prime Minister’s plan is to put so much pressure on farmers that she will drive them out of business – just as occurred in the coal industry, and oil and gas. So exactly how is she doing this? Here are five ways.


Dr Muriel Newman

Privatising New Zealand’s Coastline – Beach by Beach

When National introduced their Marine and Coastal Area Act in 2011, they reassured the public and Parliament that there would only be a few claims for remote areas of the coast. But with the whole coastline under claim - many times over - the law is clearly not doing what Parliament intended. It should be replaced.


Frank Newman

Slow progress on Marine and Coastal area claims

The claims process is an opportunistic attempt by Maori interests to gain control of what was previously regarded as public space for the benefit of everyone. I have no doubt the end goal is to securing a perpetual income stream from the granting of use rights to third parties.


Dr Muriel Newman

Muzzling Free Expression

The freedom of expression is a cornerstone of our democracy. It results in a stronger and more resilient society. Once opinions are silenced and society becomes stifled, it’s only a short step to totalitarian control.


Dave Witherow

Something Else

We hear a lot about balance these days, especially as it applies to the media. Soon, no doubt, it will be a legal requirement, further eroding our freedom of expression. Things were not always thus.