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.
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.
Rod Oram went under the covers of Fonterra's result this week to see if Theo Spierings deserved his $8.3 million salary. He finds New Zealand's biggest exporter has a long way to go to produce more value from its milk and its key Chinese investment is struggling.
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.