Author Archives: Deborah

My daughter wrote this about me

In Support of my Mother Standing for Parliament I first met Deborah Russell in 1998, on the day I was born. I of course do not remember it, but I know that one of her first acts of motherhood was … Continue reading

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A fabulous conservation project

Like so many New Zealanders, I’m attached to our native birds and forests, and I love spending time in the bush if at all possible.  I have the real privilege of being able to stay on my parents’ conservation block … Continue reading

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What do New Zealanders actually earn? And why we need to understand these figures.

Before you read the rest of this post, get out a pen, and write down what income you think someone in New Zealand needs to earn to count as rich.  You could also write down what income you think the … Continue reading

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Talking about negative gearing

I have an article in the New Zealand Herald, about negative gearing.  I think it’s something our government should be working on, urgently. It’s time to start talking about negative gearing Negative gearing is the practice of investing in property, … Continue reading

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What I think about a Universal Basic Income

A friend asked me what I thought about a Universal Basic Income. Here are some notes I put together a couple of months ago, when UBIs were the topic of the day here in New Zealand. TL:DR – I’m a … Continue reading

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Submission to the Government Inquiry into Foreign Trust Disclosure

I’ve put a submission into the inquiry into foreign trust disclosure rules. You have until 5pm today if you want to put your own submission in. If you like, you’re very welcome to put a submission in supporting my submission. … Continue reading

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What’s going on with foreign trusts?

Trusts are weird beasts. They seem to have originated during the crusades: a death-and-mayhem-seeking-pilgrim would head off to the Holy Land, but in order to protect himself and his wife and his children and his property, he would hand over … Continue reading

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