Archive for December, 2009

NZ-Australian Relations: Canberra Sends A Clear Signal on Single Market Ambitions

One of the clearest signals out of Canberra so far the Rudd Govt wants to accelerate work on the trans-Tasman single economic market came last week when Aust awarded its highest honour, the Order of Australia, to Hugh Templeton, the NZ Trade Minister who negotiated the Closer Economic Relations pact with Australia’s Doug Anthony. The […]

Read more ...

NZ Economic Growth: Ministers & Officials Working On “Economic Growth Agenda”

Ministers and officials are beavering away on what Wellington insiders call the “EGA” (the Govt’s Economic Growth Agenda). Sectors identified are tax, public sector performance, energy (petroleum and electricity) and minerals, business assistance for innovation, research and technology (including broadband), and irrigation. The Govt is now holding much of the advice required to turn the […]

Read more ...

Roll Call 2009

Trans Tasman Roll Call for 2009, our yearly ranking of the country’s MPs. Download as a PDF Trans Tasman’s 2009 Roll Call has elevated Speaker of the House, Lockwood Smith to top of its rankings this year. Each year Trans Tasman’s Editors rank all MPs on the basis of their performance in Caucus, Cabinet, Committee, […]

Read more ...