Category: Regulation

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.


Dr Muriel Newman

Supreme Power for New Housing Authority

The real issue is whether the government has plans to address the chronic problems that have led to the current shortage of affordable housing in many parts of the country. To date they have shown no inclination that they intend to do so.


Fiona Mackenzie

Rushed Housing & Development Authority Prioritises Maori Over All Other Kiwis

The thought of a super-powerful and unfettered, ‘race-based’ Authority rearranging our towns and cities, answerable only to the tribal elite, while providing risk-free investments for tribal businesses first and foremost, is most disturbing.


Dr Muriel Newman

Dangers Ahead

Drug use is now the major threat to public safety on our roads.


Dr Muriel Newman

The Controversial Zero Carbon Bill

A Bill that is currently in front of Parliament will have serious implications for the future of our economy if passed in its present form. Unfortunately few understand the magnitude of what is being proposed and to date it has attracted little attention.


Bryan Leyland

The Zero Carbon Bill will not reduce greenhouse gas emissions

The government's Zero Carbon Bill will lead to an increase in global emissions, higher electricity prices and do serious damage to many of our efficient and productive industries. The poor will suffer most.


Dr Muriel Newman

The 2019 ‘Wellbeing’ Budget

The Budget reveals that under the stewardship of Jacinda Ardern’s Government, New Zealand’s economic growth has fallen from 3.2 percent last year to 2.4 percent this year. Treasury attributes this to a drop in migration and a collapse in business investment growth from 6.8 percent last year to 0.7 percent this year.


Frank Newman

Budget 2019 - Rhetoric or Well-being?

Labour promised something special, but Budget 2019 delivered something quite ordinary. Those who believe governments should foster a vibrant economy will find nothing of real substance to applaud, while those who have been promised a transformational change in social policy will be left feeling they have been short-changed.