New Zealand

New Zealand’s top job

Being a house is the most attractive job in New Zealand today. If you do not believe me, let me tell you the story of our family home. [...]

Let’s keep hoping

To deal with the country's boiling problems requires a different approach to policymaking – one based on sound economics, not just opinion polls. [...]

Shovel-ready or not

Though shovel-ready, current government projects are just as useful as building pyramids, burying banknotes and creating earthquakes. It is not what Keynes had in mind, but it is the best his disciples can come up with these days. [...]

Bordering on policy

It is good to see some policy thinking from the opposition. The Government should engage with these ideas and build on the proposals. It can only improve its border management. [...]

Learning to live with Covid-19?

If the Government does not urgently improve its border handling capacity, there is no point pursuing elimination in New Zealand. We cannot afford to put our largest city into lockdown every few months because the border practices are not virus-tight. [...]

The salt in the soup of democracy

Perhaps the election of Judith Collins to the National leadership does not change her party’s immediate electoral prospects. National is still fighting an uphill battle to unseat an extremely popular Prime Minister. [...]