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.'
This table from Fletcher Building’s results presentation on Wednesday clearly shows the company’s incompetent corporate governance.
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.
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.
For the convenience of subscribers, here's my weekend column about how the PM doesn’t trust the Treasury’s forecasts for the very long term and the very short term, but thinks we should rely on the medium term one that says we can afford tax cuts, extra social spending, the quake rebuilds and debt repayment.
For the convenience of subscribers, here's my weekend column about how Brexit and the election of Donald Trump represent the sudden collapse of a social contract in favour of globalisation. Tweaks won't be enough to rebuild it.
For the convenience of subscribers, here's my weekend column about how long term bond yields have risen sharply since Donald Trump's election, which is pushing up mortgage rates and the Government's borrowing costs just as it may have to start borrowing again and just as housing markets are cooling.
For the convenience of subscribers, here's my weekend column in which I say President Donald Trump could destabilise China's economy, unleash a new European financial crisis and push up global interest rates in a way that slows New Zealand's economy and makes mortgages more expensive.
For the convenience of subscribers, here's my weekend column in which I call on Auckland to adopt targeted rates and look at selling its Port operating company, while Wellington should allow congestion charging and multiply its infrastructure fund to fund a massive and necessary road, pipe and house building programme.
For the convenience of subscribers, here's my weekend column in which I say the national quest for more (actually any) affordable new homes in Auckland took a few welcome turns this week, but there's still much, much more to be done, and it needs to happen with much more urgency and clarity.