The publication of the report reviewing the 2018 Population Census and the resignation of the Government Statistician who presided over the disaster is the beginning, not the end, of a discussion on the role of statistics and the state sector in New Zealand.
As the Reserve Bank monetary policy statement might indicate, the answer to the headline question is that as economic growth weakens, we increasingly need some more government spending. The bigger problem is how to manage it.
The 2018 census did not do its job properly. But we shouldn’t use that fact to undermine other important institutions and processes.
In laying out how poorly conceived was the law banning prisoners from voting and just how negatively it affects Māori in particular, the Waitangi Tribunal presents us with a fierce reminder of the need for change.
Labour is obsessed with not being seen as a ‘tax and spend’ party, but its economic caution means social issues are dominating its agenda and it risks falling into another trap with the election little more than a year away
The chaos of Boris Johnson, the vacuous response to US gun violence, Harry and Megan’s family size, and the surge of Andrew Yang… overseasia is a curious place right now
Jacinda Ardern looks to have delivered a key election promise on a day when MPs showed how honest, civil debate works… except, that is, for Winston Peters
Elements of our Public Finance Act are world class, as a recent conference reported. But other parts need to be overhauled.
Yes, your eyes aren’t playing games. Things do look a little different round here. Let us explain…
The Greens’ stubborn incrementalism and James Shaw’s ruthlessness with dissent is diluting support inside the party is hastening the day when it faces its own revolution or replacement on the left