Thomas Coughlan

Inland Revenue revealed today that its advice to Government on the “bright-line Test,” New Zealand’s watered-down capital gains tax, was it should only apply to properties sold within two years of being purchased, not five years which the Labour party promised to implement during the election.

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British philosopher A.C. Grayling is speaking at Writers & Readers at the New Zealand Festival in Wellington next month and the Auckland Writers Festival in May. He spoke to Thomas Coughlan about what is wrong with democracy and how to save it.

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The New Zealand Superannuation Fund CEO and future Governor of the Reserve Bank, Adrian Orr, is concerned enough about the rising cost of carbon emissions that he ordered the fund to sell $1 billion worth of carbon emitting assets. Thomas Coughlan reports.

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Minister of Health, David Clark told Newsroom that he expects the food and beverage industry to voluntarily reduce the amount of sugar in their products, but anti-sugary drinks campaigner Dr Gerhard Sundborn doubts the industry will go far enough. Thomas Coughlan reports

Carmel Sepuloni has inherited Bill English's social investment approach. She's not throwing it out, but she'd prefer to rebuild the social safety net rather than just targeting those who might fall through. Thomas Coughlan reports.

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Andrew Little today fired the starting gun on reforming New Zealand's decades-old abortion laws, confirming that he had sent a draft referral to the two other governing parties for their comment. Thomas Coughlan reports on what to expect from the law change.

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In a move that has polarised Green politicians and activists, Genesis Energy has announced it will keep burning coal until 2025 and possible as late as 2030. With James Shaw and Greenpeace lining up on opposite sides of the issue, Thomas Coughlan reports on why Huntly's smoke stacks could stay up for at least another decade.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Tuesday that she would be sending a C-130 Hercules to Tonga to assist the country's recovery from Cyclone Gita.