New Zealanders, on average, are wealthier than ever before, but more of us rely on a benefit to survive. A new report suggests that, to address the growing inter-generational welfare issues, a longer-term approach is needed. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
In today's email we report from the campaign trail and preview another poll promising to be 'explosive'.
Metiria Turei's revelations of historic benefit fraud may have forced her to quit as Green Party co-leader and seen her party plummet in the opinion polls, but the rise in support for Labour may yet see her dream of benefit reform realised. Lynn Grieveson reports.
In today's email we ask why inflation remains stubbornly low, and we discuss the busy weekend had by New Zealand First and The Greens.
National MP Alastair Scott won few new supporters for the Government in a disability rights debate in Wellington last night, saying ‘love has consequences’ when asked about disabled people losing benefits when they move in with partners.
A half-million-dollar fund to encourage beneficiaries onto long-acting contraceptives has hardly been touched.
The chatter around tax cuts yesterday gave a clearer idea of the direction the Government is heading with its plans before the election, including that simple tax cuts likely to deliver most of the benefits to the better off seem unlikely.
Anyone with a political or economic bone in their body will of course be watching the US election results today, so here's my two cents worth.
For the convenience of subscribers, here's my weekend column in which I argue the Government should use its strong balance sheet and low borrowing costs to make millions of dollars in social investments that save everyone billions in the long run.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent earlier on Monday.