Dr Muriel Newman

Taxing Choices

Over recent years, the political leadership needed to keep the country on the path to prosperity has been lacking. Instead of doing what’s right, leaders have become obsessed with doing what’s popular.


Dr Kerry McDonald

Our Economic Disaster and the Tragedy of NZ’s Political Leadership

The fundamental problem is the lack of capable political leadership to implement the necessary policies, and politicians’ strong preference for the personal rewards of being in power ahead of improving National living standards.


Dr Muriel Newman

Living With Covid-19

To date our politicians have not explained how they think New Zealand can “live” with Covid-19. Most seem to think a vaccine will ‘save’ us, but with few experts suggesting that is realistic, we await their policy releases with interest!


Steve Waterson

Coronavirus: We’re paying for an epidemic of stupidity.

New Zealand is lauded as the perfect example of how to crush the virus, but would anyone be surprised if it too has to pay the price somewhere down the line? Four new cases locked down the 1.6 million inhabitants of Auckland in a monstrously excessive overreaction...


Dr Muriel Newman

Tipping Points

What James Shaw didn’t spell out is that the Green School, which has just received $11.7m in taxpayer funding, is an elite private school that charges annual tuition fees of $24,000 for New Zealand students and $43,000 for international students.


Owen Jennings

Taxing Methane

What is new is that the Coalition Government has decided to tax the Methane on its way around this natural, been-there-forever, cycle. It sounds more like a blatant tax grab than an honest attempt to deal with climate change. 


Dr Muriel Newman

Political Agenda Endangers Lives

The ‘by Maori, for Maori, with Maori’ separatist “solution” that’s being proposed is sinister. It not only fails to address the real cause of the child abuse crisis, but it also fails to even acknowledge it. The real problem is not the government agency - nor institutional racism or colonisation - but family members threatening the safety of their children.


Brian Giesbrecht

An Endless Cycle Of Despair

At its core, the Indigenous child welfare system is broken because so many Indigenous families are broken. Until this is recognized and confronted, it will be impossible to make progress. Blaming colonialism or other past injustices is a triumph of the victim narrative that will put more Indigenous children at risk.


Dr Muriel Newman

Important Developments

It appears that the Prime Minister was planning to push ahead with a September election, until Winston Peters threatened to bring down the Government unless the election was delayed. It was this threat that forced the Prime Minister to put fairness above political self-interest.


Karl du Fresne

Incompetence is one thing, misinformation another

A watershed moment point came for me when I heard political commentator Richard Harman state the unthinkable on Jim Mora’s The Weekend Panel when he called on Bloomfield to resign for misleading his minister.