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Unlocking regional development

The Regional Development (Provincial Growth) Fund puts Wellington in the driver’s seat. It is a centrally designed plan for how New Zealand should develop. [...]

A passionate politician

Almost a century ago, the great sociologist Max Weber defined the ideal politician in his lecture Politics as a Vocation. As Bill English just announced his retirement from politics, we may well measure his record by Weberian standards. [...]

A blueprint for opposition politics

If National accepts the challenge to be a creative opposition, the next three years will be a contest for the best ideas rather than a war of attrition. And that would be good: for National, for Labour – and for New Zealand. [...]

Questionable questions

It is the right of the opposition to hold the government to account. That much is out of question. But opposition MPs flooding the Government with requests for bits and pieces of meaningless information is more questionable. [...]

Our very own House of Cards

The new Parliament promises to be a place of high theatre.  It will be the stage for heroes and villains of Shakespearean proportions. [...]

Monetary window-dressing

The best way for a central bank to achieve both low inflation and low unemployment is to make it pursue price stability alone. [...]