Archive for January, 2011

Economic Debate – When Will We See Real Growth?

When we packed up for Christmas, NZ’s festive spirits had been dampened first by a Treasury report saying growth had been weaker than forecast for the 2010 Budget and, second, by GDP statistics showing the economy contracted in the September quarter. The Treasury said the global economy remained a major source of uncertainty and risk […]

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Coal Mining: Southland Lignite – NZ’s “Peak Oil” Saviour?

As 91 octane petrol hits $2 a litre at the pump, and the hard reality of “peak oil” moves closer, NZers have yet to wake up to the national imperative of exploiting its energy resources more effectively. The Pike River coal mine disaster has added to society’s angst about coal. This was reinforced by Parliamentary […]

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