Tag Archives: Gareth Morgan

What constitutes radical politics in 2017?

The latest policy release by TOP leader Gareth Morgan that they would like to introduce a $10,000 pa Universal Basic Income for all New Zealanders, starting with parents of under 3’s, and make National Superannuation a means tested top up, is the most “radical” policy announcement from a political party in years. It set me […]

The Gareth Morgan Show

It was only a matter of time before Gareth Morgan entered the political sphere with the Opportunities Party. As a wealthy philanthropist, one┬átime economist/kiwisaver fund manager and author of The Big Kahuna he has the time, resources and intellectual firepower to make a mark on New Zealand politics. It would be a shame if his […]

Guaranteed Minimum Income, Mana and the MSM

One of the most galling aspects of this election to me was the ganging up on the Mana Party and Hone Harawira by the entire political establishment. As far as I know, even the Greens were silent. Not only did the other parties┬áconspire to remove Harawira from his Te Tai Tokerau seat, the media completely […]

How the MSM fails us on democracy

Democracy means more than one man, one vote. It requires an informed and engaged citizenry. The media’s role is not just to report authoritative talking heads. It is also to research and mediate complex and difficult ideas into accessible information, (though not top down Lippmann style) with the minimum of framing. Not just the big […]

Ponzi nation

As we enter the last couple of months before the general election it is worth talking about the unspoken cancer at the heart of New Zealand’s economic system. It seems to be off the election agenda. Sure it is not a purely kiwi disease but there is post GFC a smugness among many New Zealanders […]

Automated Payment Transaction Tax (APT) – Level the playing field

Tax policy in New Zealand seems to be a perpetual game of fiddle and tweak by the two major parties, with one unintended consequence after another as various forms of income are taxed at different rates (or not at all). As Gareth Morgan and Susan Guthrie pointed out in the Big Kahuna, many of the […]