Archive for November, 2010

Roll Call 2010: Key Pipped Again As Trans Tasman’s Politician Of The Year

Click Here to Download Roll Call 2010 Trans Tasman’s 2010 Roll Call has named Parliamentary power house Simon Power as its politician of the year this year. Each year Trans Tasman’s Editors rank all MPs on the basis of their performance in Caucus, Cabinet, Committee, The House and Electorate and the influence they bring to […]

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Trade: Key Plans Moscow Trip As Russian FTA Takes Shape

John Key is expected to visit Moscow next year with the ambitious aim of sealing a FTA with Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus by 2012. The PM has returned from a successful APEC conference in Yokohama with a commitment from Russian leaders negotiations will start early next year on another historic deal exporters say has huge […]

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Election: Ministers Confident Of Electoral Future

The present outlook is overcast, but Ministers are bubbling with confidence the electoral stars are coming into the appropriate alignment for National, as it moves towards election year. It’s a matter of timing. The Govt’s strategy has been devised to ensure the “feel-good” factor peaks around November next year. With economic growth of perhaps 3 […]

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Re-Election: Key Coalition Enters A Vital Phase

The Key coalition is entering a vital phase in its 3-year term. Twelve months out from the next election, the Govt has been battling head winds. The economy has been hit with unpredictable shocks – the Canterbury ‘quake, discovery of a canker which could damage severely the kiwifruit industry, and an exchange rate which could […]

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Politics: Tensions Still Bubbling Within Maori Party

The Maori Party did not hide the tensions within the party over the Marine and Coastal Areas Bill when it held its annual conference last weekend. Hone Harawira reckons support for the Bill is beginning to unravel and notes Kahungunu Chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana called on the party to withdraw its support for the Bill. Tomoana […]

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Economic Debate – What Does A Productivity Commission Do?

Business groups should welcome economist Murray Sherwin’s appointment to head our Productivity Commission, an outfit with a wide-ranging brief to inquire into productivity-related matters. He is about to step down as boss of MAF and previously was Don Brash’s deputy at the Reserve Bank. The Commission, scheduled to begin work in April, will be run […]

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By-Election: Why John Key Is Running Hard In Mana

The Mana electorate has always been one of Labour’s strongholds, so why is National running such a high-profile campaign in the by-election, due on November 20? John Key is putting himself on the line in campaigning vigorously alongside National’s candidate Hekia Parata. In a sense, too, the by-election is a referendum on the Govt’s economic […]

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Economic Debate – Is Tourism Worth Subsidising?

The tourist industry’s contribution to NZ’s economic well-being is shown in the just-published Tourism Satellite Account: 2010. The combined spending of domestic and international tourists increased 2.1% ($466m) to $22.4bn in the year to 31 March. International tourism contributed $9.5bn (or 18.2%) to the country’s total exports of goods and services and tourism generated a […]

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Hobbit Drama: Passions Run Deep Over Saving NZ”s Film Making Industry

Forget the economy, forget the earthquake, forget the teacher’s rolling strikes. The big, the only, issue this week has been can The Hobbit be saved? Passions ran deep. The Dominion-Post shouted “Actors have killed their golden goose” In the NZ Herald Brian Rudman growled “Hobbit folk grovel to feudal movie lords.” Conspiracy theorists detected sinister […]

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