Rod Oram

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.

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Rod Oram looks into the controversy around the Environmental Protection Agency’s ruling that the ingredient used in Roundup was unlikely to be carcinogenic. He finds the government's Chief Scientist and the Ministry for the Environment have concerns about the EPA's performance.

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Rod Oram takes a look in this week's column at the future of farming. He argues it's time for farmers to stop squandering their natural capital and avoid an environmental bankruptcy, in the same way farmers dug themselves out of financial bankruptcy in the late 1980s.

National Leader Bill English has claimed on the campaign trail that incomes have risen twice as fast as the rate of inflation in the last nine years. He also said exports are diversifying. Rod Oram has fact-checked both claims and finds English is mostly wrong on incomes and just plain wrong on exports.

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This election comes down to a simple choice on a vast array of complex issues. Rod Oram looks at National's record and the options for change. He concludes more of the same won’t deliver for New Zealand, while new leaders and policies will.

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Rod Oram writes in his weekly column that our environmental problems in urban areas are just as intense as those in rural areas. But they are different and poorly understood, as this election campaign shows.'