In the 1990s, the awesome powers of central bankers would cause markets to tremble… Nowadays, central bankers can hack away at interest rates and nothing will happen.
When the Reserve Bank sought feedback on requiring the country’s major banks to raise their capital reserves then you might have expected the banks to whine and complain.
We seem to have won this production largely because of the mature film industry infrastructure that NZ has built on the back of those previously subsidized productions.
Farm debt in New Zealand has exploded by 270% in the last 20 years, to around $63 billion.
The belief that it is the moderate middle who will decide the outcome of Election 2020 is a deeply ideological stance.
To ordinary earners whose income is taxed via PAYE and who also pay GST, there’s something quite surreal about the centre-right’s anguish at the Tax Working Group’s final report.
We’ve always had a dominant form of identity politics in this country, and it is one that’s based almost entirely on the ingrained beliefs of white men of means.
For reasons that amount to little more than a prolonged political sulk over last year’s election result, the corporate world is talking itself into a tantrum.
The neo-liberal wing of the National Party has never really felt that Jim Bolger was one of them, and the feeling was entirely mutual.
A National Party Spin Doctor Writes
Three more years of business as usual is the real risk.
This myth of conservative competence is as widespread as it is unearned
So, Police Minister Paula Bennett thinks some New Zealanders deserve “fewer human rights than others”
For much of this year, almost all the diversity in politics has been down at the retail end, where apparent differences reside in the tone, and in details.
The really compelling modern evidence that the magic potion doesn’t work is the state of Kansas under governor Sam Brownback