Rod Oram

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.'

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Rod Oram surveys whether New Zealand is on the right track or the wrong track and finds New Zealand's growth model is hitting its environment limits. Poor productivity and housing failures are also holding us back.

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Newsroom is thrilled to welcome Rod Oram as a new columnist. In his first column, he sets out a kind of manifesto on the things that matter and how he'll cover them in his weekly columns to be published on Newsroom Pro every Friday morning and on Newsroom on a Sunday morning.