Top 5 questions over TPPA

Geoff SimmonsEconomics

The Trans Pacific deal is done and the negotiators are heading home. The Government is now beginning a charm offensive to convince us that it is a good deal, but a lot of uncertainties remain until we see the full … Read More

Landcorp Shouldn’t Exist

Gareth MorganEconomics

After the downfall of Solid Energy, we have seen increased scrutiny of Landcorp – another State Owned Enterprise (SOE) that has recently taken on more debt. This debt has been taken on to fund large scale conversions of pine to … Read More

Could the TPP become Key’s most embarrassing moment?

Gareth MorganEconomics

Yesterday our Prime Minister admitted that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) would raise the cost of medicines purchased through Pharmac. The government has moved from saying Pharmac wouldn’t be compromised to saying it will but the taxpayer will fund the … Read More

How do we stop land banking?

Gareth MorganEconomics, Property

The Productivity Commission has produced a draft report that looks at ways to increase the supply of land for housing. The report includes many good ideas, such as getting rid of minimum parking requirements, which we will talk about in … Read More

Labour – focusing on the ‘Wong’ things

Geoff SimmonsEconomics

Labour has got itself in a tangle over their ‘leak’ of Auckland housing data. Putting aside the politics of playing the race card, are they right? Foreign buyers may well be contributing to the Auckland housing crisis. But should it … Read More