Praising Labour won't help the right to win

Something has to be amiss when one of the centre right's major strategists publishes a piece in a metropolitan daily newspaper, talking up the prospects of a fourth term of government for Helen Clark.

Yes fourth term, not whether the current contrivance of a majority with Winston and Peter Dunne will last, but a real fair dinkum serious discussion about another term after this one.

Letter to the Editor

published in the DominionPost on 30 November 2005

Columnist Chris Trotter's claim (From the Left 25 November) that there is treason in the Treasury because it offered a view on the economy at odds with current government policy is absurd.

His attack on the Treasury reflects his own ideological position and role as a left wing propagandist. He complains about the advice and about Treasury's making its view public.

International education seeks ways to stem the bleeding

Educational organizations that cater for foreign students are seeking a new strategic direction after a dramatic decline in international students choosing New Zealand.

The industry is at a crossroads, the Chief Executive of Education New Zealand, Rob Stevens told the recent education international conference in Christchurch.

The body, which represents public and private suppliers of international education services, has issued a manifesto calling for a clear direction from the government on how it should develop over the next decade and beyond.

Monetarist strikes top note in peers' award

Reserve Bank Chairman and economist of the year Arthur Grimes has a special interest in prices of all kinds, interest, exchange and wage rates, housing prices and inflation.

As a monetary economist, Grimes has had a life long interest in the performance of the New Zealand economy. This is illustrated by his work on a currency union with Australia and studies of housing and superannuation. His latest interest is infrastructure.

Into a new pit of vipers

Published in the National Business Review of 2 September 2005
When Tim Groser was in the seventh form at Hutt High School in 1968 his best mates were Alick Shaw and Rob Campbell, who subsequently found fame in public life initially on the communist left, and later in the right and centre.

Now the third member of that memorable triumvirate, a diplomat whom Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton once described as "the best", is entering politics for the National Party.

Wellington attracts and loses young professionals

Regional strategy highlights demographic factors as barrier to growth

Educated and mobile young professionals are leaving the Wellington region in higher numbers than from other regions - and this is affecting the region's economic performance and its growth potential.

The loss of population and poor management of human capital over the last twenty years are identified as major reasons for the region's relatively poor economic performance in a draft economic strategy released for public consultation.

Clark plays the Winston card

Over the election hangs the shadow of Winston Peters, a man from whom Helen Clark can afford to be distant, but a man whom Don Brash can't condemn in case he needs him.

For both Labour and National one of the problems with Winston is whether he drives away more of their own supporters than he brings in. So neither wants to say that he is their preferred choice of partner. Up till now that's been ok, because Winston has been careful not to endorse either of the two main parties.

Who is business's favourite party?

The policies of the ACT and National parties come closest to the wish list of New Zealand businesses for government action, but New Zealand's biggest business group has stopped short of endorsing either one in the election.

The results of a survey of New Zealand companies, and all the parties' responses to the issues were presented at Business New Zealand's election conference in Wellington this week.

The three main issues were the shortage of skills, the size of government and uncertainty about the supply of energy.

How Labour turns myth into fact

Published in the National Business Review of 19 August 2005

Current Cabinet members don't want to be remembered as Roger Douglas supporters

The difficulty with assessing David Lange is deciding not whether but why he should be praised. Is it for his role as salesman for the economic reforms, or is it for his later repudiation of those reforms, that he deserves credit.

Law bans political endorsements

Published in the National Business Review of 5 August 2005
Got a cause you feel passionately about? Want to persuade voters to support the political party that supports your cause? Do you think that placing some advertisements would help?

Think again. And read Section 221 of the Electoral Act.