It may seem like Oliver to be so bold as to ask the Finance Minister for more gruel – but what the Dickens, Steven Joyce… is this Budget really as good as it gets?
So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport.
Oversight at any level of performance is not New Zealand’s strong suit… The Navy has now gone one step beyond. It won’t even ask itself whether it did a good job.
Will New Zealand still be willing to pursue its recent trade overtures to Iran, now Donald Trump has singled out Iran as the main source of terrorism and instability in the Middle East?
English has not got the foggiest idea what benefits this deal stands to bring right now, in a month’s time, or by year’s end – much less longer term out until 2030.
How useful a thing really is National’s programme of building 34,000 houses, as a solution to the crisis of housing affordability? Answer: not very.
As PM Bill English flies off to Japan with his business delegation today, his discussions with Shinzo Abe will focus on how to keep the TPP trade pact alive, now that the US has bailed.
When someone like Alfred Ngaro is being paid circa$350,000 a year (in salary and perks) you’d think he wouldn’t have to learn on the job about the basic moral rules of his role.
The story of Margaret Wise Brown…
Two decades after his death, electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott’s influence is still apparent.
As yet, there has been less traction for forms of the gig economy such as Uber in Latin America. This may be about to change…
As Chairman-at-large of the National Committee for Ideas that Sounded Good at the Time, I get asked a lot about this social investment strategy lark.
The latest expression of this lopsided relationship has seen young Kiwis at Australian universities being hit with a trebling of their tuition fees.
The vast majority of the public would agree with the Commission. Journalism is not baked beans. Society conveys certain powers and responsibilities on the Fourth Estate for a reason.
For a brief period yesterday, extreme weather conditions associated with Hurricane Willie resulted in an ‘unprecedented’ delay in the release of the Labour list rankings.
It would be nice to know (a) what the guy in Pyongyang is thinking about all this and (b) what an achievable strategy goal for the US might look like.
Macron is shaping as the third major test case, after Bill Clinton, after Tony Blair – on whether ‘progressive social policy’ and realities of ‘neo-liberal economic settings’ credibly co-exist.
Hawai’i’s pro-Bernie, Assad-dealing Congresswoman meets her public
Strange indeed to hear a National Prime Minister not only singing the praises of raising wages, but also preaching that this will enable employers to reap future benefits.
Finance Minister Steven Joyce has been persuaded to pony up an extra $10 million to keep the jobs of 26 safety officers in the Police commercial vehicle investigations unit
Should Edgecumbe residents who don’t have enough (or any) insurance still receive assistance from central government – or not?
Now that America has found its greatness again the traditional way – by bombing someone – the misgivings have set in.
This fiasco has been a perfect example of a bad policy, terribly executed – on a rushed timetable that appears to have been driven by an MSD desire to cut costs in the contracts due for renewal, mid year.
Nothing to see with this SAS raid bizzo, move on. Or so PM Bill English would have us believe.
Why is New Zealand taking part in military war games aimed at our main trading partner?
Labour and the Greens have made concessions intended to establish themselves as a credible alternative government, but they’ve made the concessions to the wrong people.
Truly, with friends like former defence Minster Wayne Mapp, the SAS does not need enemies.
Without an independent inquiry into this incident it will remain a blot on our military record, and on any subsequent Anzac Day celebrations of the exploits of our troops abroad.
A 30-ish black r&b musician from a middle class family in St Louis managed to recreate the world of white teenagers, at a time when the very notion of a “teenager” had just been invented.