Tagged: Economy

Honeybee decline could sting NZ for $700m - News

John Kerr Aug 03, 2016

The pollinating power of the humble honeybee is worth millions of dollars to the New Zealand agricultural sector – but we are at risk of losing it. Bees are having a hard time of it these days; varroa mite, pesticides and a lack of plant diversity are all contributing to the decline of the bee populations crucial for pollinating crops. Read More

The last 90 years - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Jun 06, 2016

Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith is officially 90. Happy Birthday Ma’am. What are some of the most significant changes that have happened during her life, and what could we expect over the next 90 years? 1926 to 2016 … Read More

The Herald’s wrongheaded call for an ever-bigger population - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell May 28, 2016

The Herald’s editorial on Saturday was headed “Population growth is powering NZ economy”.  It isn’t just a statement of the rather obvious, that a rapid growth in the population –  particularly unexpectedly rapid growth – boosts total GDP.    When there are more people, they all need to consume stuff, and they need houses, schools, shops, roads, offices etc.  And … Read More

A question for Steven Joyce - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Apr 09, 2016

A reader pointed me to an article on the NBR website in which Science and Innovation Minister [isn’t there something wrong when we even have a government “innovation minister?]  was quoted as telling a business audience yesterday that: more migration is the only way to bridge the current skills gap for ICT companies in New Zealand. and “That’s one … Read More

Kiwibank: a retrograde step - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Apr 07, 2016

I wrote about Kiwibank last week, noting that there had never been a good economic reason for the Crown to have established it, and that there was not a good economic reason for the Crown to continue to own it.   Doing so undermines (modestly) the efficiency of the financial system, and poses unnecessary risks for taxpayers. I take it … Read More

Productivity: where do we stand? - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Apr 06, 2016

Comparisons of material living standards across time and across countries are fraught with measurement problems.  No one seriously questions that 100 years ago we had some of the very highest material living standards, and equally no one really questions that we are a long way off that mark now. Some want to focus instead on wellbeing indicators. That is … Read More

Five years on – perspectives on the Christchurch economy - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Feb 22, 2016

This week saw the  fifth anniversary of the most destructive of the thousands of earthquakes that have hit Christchurch and its neighbouring areas since September 2010. Christchurch is “home” to me. I haven’t lived there for decades, and don’t suppose I will again. But almost all my wider family live there, and my ancestors for 150 years or more have lived in … Read More

Have we finally reached peak fossil fuel emissions? - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 08, 2015

Pep Canadell, CSIRO Despite robust global economic growth over the past two years, worldwide carbon emissions from fossil fuels grew very little in 2014, and might even fall this year. A report released today by the Global Carbon Project has found that fossil fuel emissions of carbon dioxide grew by only 0.6% in 2014, breaking with … Read More