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  • Crossroads and roundabouts

    New Zealand needs to be presented choices for our future. It needs to have clear-cut alternatives offered by its parties. It needs to ensure that we solve today’s problems and not leave them to future generations. [...]
  • Manifesto 2017

    Election years should be festivals of democracy. They should be about debating novel ways of tackling our country’s most pressing problems. [...]
  • Manifesto 2017

    Wouldn't it be good to have an election fought on the issues that matter for the future of the country? [...]
  • It is good that Prime Minister Bill English has restarted the Super debate. However, his plans could have been better. [...]
  • We should not regard the homeownership rate as the most important measure of a functioning housing market. Just because the ownership rate is falling does not tell us much on its own. Neither is a high ownership rate necessarily a positive. [...]
  • A robo-tax


    Bill Gates wants a tax on robots. But what about all the other things that have made us ever made more productive? [...]
  • Democracy would be great were it not for election years. [...]
  • On people, nature, law ... and elves. [...]
  • As New Zealand is looking ahead to a series of budget surpluses, it becomes imperative for the government to have an answer to those reflexes. And it has to be an attractive answer to stop the fiscal dogs from salivating. [...]
  • Each year, the global affordability problem is getting worse. This year was no exception. Demographia’s 2017 report is the most depressing read so far. [...]
  • The reason why Germany got more built is because there was greater political will to do so. And there are better incentives for towns and cities to deliver the housing that their citizens need. [...]
  • We had a fantastic year at the Initiative but there is much more work for us to do next year. At the top of my Christmas wish list are better debates and better ideas for a better New Zealand. [...]
  • A legacy of housing affordability would be a historic achievement and it would transform the lives of millions of New Zealanders. Good luck, Mr Prime Minister. [...]

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