Tagged: Auckland

Regressivity, petrol taxes, and ministerial PR - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Jun 28, 2018

Someone around home mentioned this morning that there was a confused article on the Herald website about the progressivity (or otherwise) of the fuel tax increase. I didn’t pay much attention until I read the paper over lunch, when I was a bit staggered by what I found. This was the centrepiece chart The line of argument from opponents has … Read More

Our secret urban wildlife: Giant centipedes - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jun 12, 2018

One thing I like about returning to NZ from places like China, is being around nature again. We live in one of the few parts of the world, and certainly the developed world, where wildlife is sometimes not just at our doorsteps, but also inside as well. Urban Forests Some of this is down to our urban forests. Our urban … Read More

Opinion: Give Postgraduates a Student Allowance Too - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Apr 26, 2018

I’m in the exceedingly fortunate position of not worrying about my postgraduate education costs; I have a scholarship that pays my fees and accomodation over the next few years. I won’t have to worry about feeding myself, scraping together my dollars to cover power bills, or shivering in my bedroom because I can’t afford an electric blanket. But … Read More

Why we can’t catch up with the mumps outbreak - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 12, 2018

Ayesha Verrall New Zealand is in the grip of its worst mumps outbreak in decades. The outbreak started in Auckland early last year and was initially focused on five schools in the West of the city. Since then there have been over 1000 cases with some spreading to other centres around the country. Mumps causes a fever, headache, muscle … Read More

Land use regulations matter - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Jan 25, 2018

Most local councils don’t employ economists –  or at least not ones we hear of.  The Auckland Council does have an economics unit, and the previous incumbent did some interesting and stimulating work. But yesterday on interest.co.nz there appeared an article by two of the Auckland Council’s economists which argued, so the headline proclaimed, that “evidence from across NZ … Read More

An evening at Bayswater - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle May 26, 2017

Introduction Photography has been an intermittent activity of late.  It’s also been tricky this time of the year with writing tests, exams and grading, to get away with the camera.  I’ve been more inclined to go just for a run or bike ride to clear the head. Nonetheless, Monday gave me the opportunity to do some photography around Devonport.  One … Read More

Auckland voter turn-out mapped - The Dismal Science

James Zuccollo Oct 12, 2016

I had a bit of a play around with mapping the voter return data from the 2016 Auckland local body elections (raw data available here).  I looked at it two ways: What areas had the highest/lowest turnout? (i.e. where is participation high/low) What areas had the highest raw number of votes? (“who elects the mayor”) Maps addressing these two … Read More

Auckland Unitary Plan – mapping building restrictions - The Dismal Science

Aaron Schiff Aug 08, 2016

Auckland Council has published the geospatial data for the version of the Unitary Plan recommended by the Independent Hearings Panel. I thought I’d use this to take a quick look at the recommended plan’s provisions for protection of things like character and heritage. In the Herald on Friday, Don Stock wrote about the Auckland Unitary Plan (UP) … Read More