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Trade picture remains cloudy after US midterm elections

  • 9 Nov 2018

The United States midterm elections were significant for New Zealand's trade prospects but the picture has just become more clouded. New Zealand, a trade-dependent nation, needs fewer tariffs and freer...

Migration must balance priorities of communities with need to attract skills to NZ

  • 26 Oct 2018

New Zealand's workforce is changing. Auckland, our largest commercial city, is 'superdiverse' - home to 200 different ethnicities speaking 160 languages. The diaspora help to strengthen the international relationships that...

Climate change scenarios are frightening, but 'taking action' is still hard to do

  • 12 Oct 2018

The climate change report released this week was a real wake up call. The UN intergovernmental report warns the world has only 12 years to take action to prevent drought,...

Embracing the education opportunity

  • 28 Sep 2018

New Zealand's education system is facing the most significant change in 30 years. Exciting prospects on the horizon will have a significant impact on our future workforce and the ability...

Lack of change to employment bill deeply disappointing

  • 14 Sep 2018

The contentious issue of industrial relations is again making headlines, with the Education and Workforce Select Committee this week reporting back on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill.

It may not restore confidence, but PM's speech was a step in the right direction

  • 31 Aug 2018

In a previous column, I wrote that in recalibrating pace and priorities, the Government should be looking at policy that will provide sustainable, inclusive growth and high-quality jobs that lead...

Indisputable evidence a downturn in business confidence is hitting actual activity

  • 17 Aug 2018

Businesses like certainty. It gives them the courage and confidence to invest, hire, and to help create a successful New Zealand. But we are living in uncertain times, both at...

There's no easy way to get Kiwis earning more

  • 3 Aug 2018

Low pay continues to be a matter of much debate. A recent column here suggesting New Zealand is not a low wage economy drew hundreds of comments, both in agreement...

New Zealand has issues, but the idea it is a 'low-wage economy' is a myth

  • 20 Jul 2018

The problem with myths is that, left unchecked, they become accepted as fact. We can all think of some - eggs are bad for you, carrots improve night vision. Much...

Speedier process for construction immigration a timely move

  • 6 Jul 2018

A faster way of hiring overseas construction workers is a welcome, timely and pragmatic decision. The government is consulting on a plan to allow construction companies to use a streamlined...