51 deaths to secure funding boost for ethnic communities
The ethnic communities minister has tried before and failed to get extra funding to keep minorities safe.
Marking the Wellbeing Budget on education
Did the Budget deliver on the crucial pillars for education policy of early childhood, Maori and the supply of teachers? Three academics give their verdicts.
Short-term thinking risks long-term crisis
Grant Robertson has indexed benefit rates to wages, but without a long-term plan for real stimulus and revenue gathering, he risks creating a crisis like superannuation.
Yesterdaze: Budget fiasco’s withering plight
Budget week chaos revealed there were no hacks of Treasury, but did raise the question how many hacks work at Treasury. James rubs hands together over this week’s political news.
Little offered for NZ business
The business sector gets little from the budget but should benefit from work generated by the big spending on infrastructure.
Our political metabolic rate is way, way too fast
No one comes out the Budget 2019 ‘hack’ with any credit, Bernard Hickey argues. The ‘scandal’ is symptomatic of an accelerating and more extremist form of politics in a social media-driven age of snap judgments and tribal barracking.
Devil in detail for big water plan
A $229 million water clean-up plan sounds impressive but it’s left many scratching their heads.
A budget of knotty contradictions
Grant Robertson has unveiled his first Wellbeing Budget, but is this really what it says on the tin?