Bridges’ ego-juggling challenge
Simon Bridges would have a testing time putting together a Cabinet that balanced talent with experience and not too many sore egos
The NZ Super Fund’s ‘magical’ thinking
By underfunding investment in the young we’ve been able to create budget surpluses to be siphoned into the NZ Super Fund at the current rate of nearly $2.5b a year. This has some serious impacts for a lot of families.
The million-litre toxic stockpile
A Northland property stockpiled one million litres of flammable and toxic chemicals. Almost two years since the situation came to the attention of authorities the poorly stored solvents remain a fire and environmental risk.
Six things from Bridges’ big speech
Simon Bridges says National would cut taxes and invest much more than Labour in infrastructure, and with less waste. But he’s holding back the detail, and got a key figure wrong.
Playing radio chicken
RNZ’s ploy was the equivalent of strapping Concert FM to a car’s front bumper and gunning the engine, and it seems to have worked.
Underestimating the power of classical music
RNZ Concert is an invaluable resource and inspiration for people at home and abroad.
Jacinda vs Simon: Round 1 of election year
Jacinda Ardern and Simon Bridges faced off for the first time in election year yesterday, with duelling lists of achievement and failure, writes Tim Murphy.
RBNZ chilled on virus, but not on wages
The Reserve Bank is both chilled and wary at the same time: relaxed about the coronavirus hit for now, and slightly worried wage inflation might be about to take off. Bernard Hickey analyses the bank’s decision not to deliver an insurance rate cut...