The Cook Islands is one of the Pacific's success stories - but that success comes with its own challenges. Sam Sachdeva reports from Rarotonga on the buoyant state of the country's economy and how that may affect its future.
New Zealand’s health system has been the subject of a string of bad press in the past few years, but how does the latest OECD report rate us?
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.
In today's email we look at the latest GDP figures, and the latest recommendations from the OECD on how to tackle the productivity issues they reveal.
The OECD has offered up a cure for New Zealand's economic achilles heel of poor productivity, but it's also hopeful that recently strong immigration will drive an improvement in the long run.
In today's email we preview the GDP figures due out this morning, and look at the latest house price and sales volume statistics.
In today's email we look at how the Maori Party could end up taking the role of kingmaker in post-coalition negotiations, we preview the Chinese Premier's visit and we examine the latest OECD reports on New Zealand's poor productivity.
Two environmental reports have landed in one day, both highlighting the impact of cows, but Prime Minister Bill English says we won't be shrinking milking herds in a hurry, reports Eloise Gibson.
Eloise Gibson digs into the OECD's first review of New Zealand's environmental performance in a decade and finds it calls for action on cows’ greenhouse gases and water pollution, better public transport and warmer housing, including cosier new-builds. And it draws attention to New Zealand’s complex resource management framework, including differences in councils’ abilities to implement new water standards. The OECD also challenges the Government's plan to ramp up agricultural exports.
For the convenience of subscribers, here's my weekend column in which I say that, just as our society has created an obesity-generating environment, it has also created a debt generating environment. Somehow, we have to change those social cues.