Rock Star Economy 2014

HSBC economist Paul Bloxham has been doing the rounds saying New Zealand is on track to be a Rock Star Economy in 2014. What does this mean? Well, unemployment is falling, businesses are investing more,…

Why Wellington Won’t Become A Backwater

Wellington has a unique position within New Zealand. It’s the transit point between the North and South Islands, but most importantly it’s the nation’s capital. Because of this, Wellington won’t become a backwater. It’s simply…

How Picking Winners Misses The Point

The government thinks that targeted subsidies, tax credits and policy will take our economy to the next level. But picking winners – this includes industries – misses the point behind why we have fewer start-ups…

Increase The Retirement Age Now

 I don’t think baby boomers realise what current trends in emigration, average tax paid, average transfer payment received and attitudes towards older people will converge to. The inability of people to perform basic math means…

Australia Is In For A Hard Landing

Starting in 2005 a resource boom in Australia has propelled their economy onwards and upwards. All good things come to an end, and I believe that Australia is in for a hard landing. The combination…