Rod Oram

Among developed nations we are arguably the most dependent on our natural environment for earning our living. This reliance goes well beyond the primary sector on land and at sea to attracting tourists, students, immigrants and investors. Above all, our natural assets help define us as a nation.

Rod Oram celebrates the technology companies bursting onto the scene in New Zealand. They had their chance to shine this week at TechWeek. He finds a vibrant and growing sector that is now our third largest export earner.

It’s far from clear that the Government’s dairy industry review announced this week will really get to grips with the sector’s opportunities and challenges, let alone recommend legislative and policy change that will help it with its next great phase of development.

Rod Oram reviews the Productivity Commission's landmark report on moving to a carbon-neutral economy. He finds a wealth of insight on the task ahead, but no analysis of what happens if we fail or what a radical disruption might look like.