Archive for April, 2009

NZ’s Need To Re-launch Itself – And Only 2 Years To Do It

Independent think tank the NZ Institute, has warned the Govt if it does not change its policies, the Crown accounts will deteriorate rapidly, and remain in bad shape even when the economy starts recovering. It believes the country has a brief “window of opportunity” to re-launch itself in the two years of worldwide disruption, caused […]

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Ministers Crank Up Their Departmental Machines

The swine flu labelled in some reports as a “killer virus” may exert another contractionary squeeze on the economy. Yet despite the efforts of a few news media outlets to beat up the threat, the response of health authorities in NZ to contain the potential risk was wide-ranging and effective. The pandemic planning undertaken by […]

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Can Govt Get Treaty Settlements Done By 2014?

In setting the ambitious target of completing Treaty settlements by 2014, the Govt believes all NZers will stand to gain from a faster completion of the process. John Key says the Govt wants to be more flexible about the way Maori and the Crown work together, and is seeking a more collaborative and open approach. […]

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Budget To Tackle Blow-Out In Crown Accounts

Finance Minister Bill English says the Govt came into office with a plan to lift NZ’s economic performance after a decade of under-performance and missed opportunities. The deepening global recession has reinforced the need to implement the plan with even more urgency. The Govt’s books are in worse shape than Treasury predicted in the December […]

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Mapp Seeks Bigger Bang For Defence Buck

In taking a fresh look at how NZ manages its defence force the Govt has to again confront the problem of how to do more with less. Defence Minister Wayne Mapp says Defence capabilities have been run down and key elements (the Hercules and Orions as well as the two frigates) reach their use-by date […]

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Coalition Government Enters Critical Phase

John Key’s coalition is entering a critical phase. This is when the rubber hits the road. The political outcome is hard to foresee. The Govt faces major tests of its political skills in framing its first budget against the backdrop of a concerted economic recession across the developed world, and in guiding the Auckland super-city […]

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Can Govt Get Treaty Settlements Done By 2014?

In setting the ambitious target of completing Treaty settlements by 2014, the Govt believes all NZers will stand to gain from a faster completion of the process. John Key says the Govt wants to be more flexible about the way Maori and the Crown work together, and is seeking a more collaborative and open approach. […]

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Coalition Government Enters Critical Phase

John Key’s coalition is entering a critical phase. This is when the rubber hits the road. The political outcome is hard to foresee. The Govt faces major tests of its political skills in framing its first budget against the backdrop of a concerted economic recession across the developed world, and in guiding the Auckland super-city […]

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NZ Scores Brownie Points In Washington

NZ might have scored some brownie points with the Obama administration in advance of Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton next Tuesday. McCully has announced NZ is withdrawing its candidacy for the UN Human Rights Council following the Obama administration’s decision to seek a seat on the Council. The […]

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Govt Inherits Dodgy Pay Deals

Finance Minister Bill English believes new Ministers and departmental CEOs “have done really well” in the line-by-line spending review he called for before Xmas. The process has now ended and the work is being incorporated in new forecasts for the budget. But English reckons the hard work now looming for departmental bosses is to nut […]

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Power Price Rises: Is There A Way To Switch Them Off?

Just as reports suggest power companies are planning new increases in energy charges, Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee says a Ministerial review of the electricity sector which will begin work immediately may throw up some short-term improvements and, if so, they will be acted on immediately. He says the Govt has concerns about security of supply, […]

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