New Zealanders like to think that we are, in most respects, up with - if not actually ahead of – the play. Sadly, however, as a new government is about to emerge, there is no sign that our politicians and policymakers are aware of recent developments in a crucial area of policy, and that, as a re...
Published: 03 January 2018
The scene is set. The players and the situations are in position. Sneaking away in the Coalition government's agenda are the words "corporatise water delivery".
Published: 11 December 2017
A Labour, Greens, NZ First government should be given a chance to govern and make substantial positive changes to people's lives in New Zealand. That it's a hotch potch of egos, varying policy objectives and no real sense of united vision make the achievement hopes, of many New Zealanders, somew...
Published: 08 November 2017
I can't remember a more shambolic election. Opinion polls jumped up and down like a hyperactive yo-yo reflecting the vagaries of the offers made by media-recognised political parties.
Published: 25 September 2017
Long ago my old Dad talked to me about horse racing – surprising, because he never gambled a penny on anything. He said there was a racehorse named Integrity and added thoughtfully, "They wouldn't name a horse Integrity these days because nobody would know what it meant."
Published: 10 September 2017
It's awful. It's boring. To quote Victor Meldrew “I do not believe it”. We're in the middle of an election campaign and we've heard nothing (well, I haven't) that will convince voters that whoever becomes the government has any vision to bring us all into a better New Zealand.
Published: 06 September 2017