Tag Archives: NZ Politics

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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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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That’s not funny

Our PM has done it again, engaging in jokey-blokey cringe-making stuff on a radio show. This time, it’s a rape joke. Prime Minister caught up in radio station’s prison rape stunt The excuses are rolling out already. 1: he was … Continue reading

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NB: costs are not the only factor in rents

A child died, and a coroner has argued that her death was due at least in part to living in a cold, damp home. Shamefully, her home was a state house. The rental property stock in New Zealand, including state … Continue reading

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Tweeting the budget: what people are interested in

When the Budget was released yesterday, I quickly pulled together two tables of information, one about where government was getting money from, and the other about where government was spending money. The breakdown of revenue was available directly from the … Continue reading

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Mr Collins, Mr Key and refusing to hear “No”

Jane Austen wrote a classic scene in Pride and Prejudice in which a man simply refused to hear the word, “No.” Mr Collins, a bumbling obtuse and really somewhat repulsive clergyman was determined to make an offer of marriage to … Continue reading

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The “Property Investors Pay Tax Already” canard

Capital gains tax is back under discussion, with the Governor of the Reserve Bank practically pleading with the government to do something about absurd property prices in Auckland (one, two). A capital gains tax is not the only measure that … Continue reading

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