National is ignoring the looming threat of rising superannuation costs and a changing climate. Thomas Coughlan argues its new leaders should look to the party’s history for solutions.
Air New Zealand is charging premium New Zealand passengers up to double the price to fly to North and South America as their Australian counterparts.
In today's email we discussed the evolution of protein sources away from milk and meat, New Zealand's woeful productivity and the delay to replacing our maritime surveillance aircraft.
A $2 billion decision on whether to purchase new maritime surveillance aircraft for the NZ Defence Force has been kicked down the road, with Defence Minister Ron Mark saying he has secured “a window” to review his predecessor’s plans.
Rod Oram looks at the challenges for New Zealand's red meat farmers in a world where plant-based meat imitations are already being rolled out through US fast foot chains and lab-grown meat is five to 10 years away from mass production.
Employers used immigration of cheap workers to keep growing at the end of 2017, putting off the tough decisions and investment needed to boost productivity and real wages. Thomas Coughlan reports.
A group of political and legal academics has urged the Government to scrap its controversial waka-jumping bill, calling it an “undesirable and harmful” law which could damage New Zealand’s democracy.
The GDP numbers released by Statistics NZ on Thursday morning make for mixed reading, with a hot summer hitting New Zealand's dairy industry.
Michael Cullen's Tax Working Group has warned of unsustainable deficits without tax reform. He says an ageing population and the gig economy will blow out pension and health costs and cut tax revenues. Thomas Coughlan reports.
Local councils are facing a string of daunting challenges, ranging from sea level rise to massive infrastructure bills. Shane Cowlishaw explores how their relationship with the new Government will be integral in how they handle those challenges.
The Tax Working Group has released its Future of Tax background paper, which will guide submissions to the group. The paper is divided into seven sections and considers everything from the current state of the tax system, the challenges it faces in the future, and what might be done moving forward.
In today's email we note the release of the first report from the Tax Working Group, and covered the latest news in the political economy.
The Labour Party is far from poor. In fact, the latest political funding and spending news suggests it’s actually flush with cash. Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University looks at how modern political finance trends mean that “money follows power” rather than just going to the parties of the right.
A high-ranking Kiwi diplomat is in hot water after telling the US Democratic Party to “get your shit together or we will all die”.
The Government's Tax Working Group is gearing up to take submissions on how to improve the structure and fairness of the tax system, and today it releases a backgrounder on the challenges facing the current system. Thomas Coughlan looks at what it might contain.
Online voting could feature at the next local council elections, but local bodies want the Government to share the costs after an earlier trial was axed. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
In today's email we celebrated one year of Newsroom and Newsroom Pro.
The Government hopes value capture will help it to fund its ambitious infrastructure programme, but will it be enough? Thomas Coughlan reports.
In this morning's email we cover the careful reshuffling of the National caucus, a combination of bomb defusal and lolly scramble.