In his weekly column for Newsroom, Rod Oram looks at moves afoot in commercial property to get serious about energy efficiency. He also shows how it can be done with a family's home and cars.
Rod Oram details the latest in agricultural industry innovation unveiled at a conference in Wellington and looks at whether New Zealand is being too complacent and not investing enough in new technology and systems to fend off the coming disruptions of cellular and urban agriculture.
When China's Haier bought Fisher and Paykel Appliances in 2012, Rod Oram worried the New Zealand company would shrivel and die. Five years on, Rod reports the New Zealand operation is actually thriving under Haier's ownership.
Rod Oram looks this week at Fonterra's apparently ground-shifting announcement about reducing its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. He writes Fonterra's caveats mean the plan is not as impressive as it looks.
In this week's column for Newsroom Pro, Rod Oram challenges the new Government's plan to remove the urban rural boundary around Auckland.
Will Jacinda Ardern and Grant Robertson face a 'Winter of Discontent' like that seen in 2000 when Labour last won power? Rod Oram compares now with then and assesses the risks in a world bound to see more shocks and crashes.
Rod Oram picks out David Parker, Grant Robertson and James Shaw as three key ministers in the Government's drive to change the inner workings of the economy.
The change to a Labour-led coalition government will bring new ideas and energy to a wide range of New Zealand’s economic challenges. The top three are: creating a high value economy, driving a step-change in quality and quantity of housing and infrastructure, and transitioning to a low emissions economy.
Thirty years ago yesterday I pushed my way into a crowded conference room at the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the day’s trading had ended.
Rod Oram reports in his column this week on a growing mood at the top levels of New Zealand's business community for any new Government to create a climate commission and take sustainability seriously. Those calling for change include Air New Zealand's Christopher Luxon and Sir Rob Fenwick.