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Universal Superannuation and Workers

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 11:45 am | Keith Rankin

The musings of Labour leader Andrew Little over the universality of New Zealand Superannuation have created an opportunity for politicians in New Zealand to get to grips with the underlying contrast between universal and selective welfare. More >>

Thought for this Day: Budget Politics

Monday, 25 May 2015, 9:17 am | Keith Rankin

After watching TVNZ's Q+A yesterday – especially the Bill English interview and the ensuing panel discussion – I realised the full political significance of the Budget. More >>

Thought for this Day: Remembering Krithia

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 12:36 pm | Keith Rankin

Thought for this Day: Remembering Krithia Keith Rankin, 21 May 2015 We heard much in April about the ANZAC soldiers landing and fighting at ANZAC Cove on Turkey's Gallipoli Peninsula. And we went through the 'Lest we Forget' and "We shall ... More >>

Zero-Sum Financial Reality: (+X) + (-X) = 0

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 12:42 pm | Keith Rankin

Keith Rankin, 19 May 2015 The Greens astonished me on Sunday ( Scoop transcript of Metiria Turei interview, Q+A, TVNZ 17 May) by proposing a children's Kiwi Saver as part of a plan to boost New Zealand's saving culture. (Winston Peters also astonished ... More >>

Thomas Chalmers 1780-1847: Evangelist, Political Economist

Friday, 15 May 2015, 8:49 am | Keith Rankin

This week I read "Chalmers as Political Economist" by Boyd Hilton, from the 1885 book "The Practical and the Pious" edited by AC Cheyne. The Reverend Thomas Chalmers was an important Scottish figure in the early nineteenth century, living in years ... More >>

Housing Finance and Infrastructure | Keith Rankin

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 9:53 am | Keith Rankin

The Reserve Bank acted yesterday to limit the folly of our banks in lending too much to Auckland property 'investors'. The Reserve Bank is not concerned about housing as such. Its concern is "financial stability" with particular reference to the security ... More >>

MPs' Real Property Interests | Keith Rankin

Tuesday, 12 May 2015, 11:23 am | Keith Rankin

Looking at the 2015 Register of Pecuniary Interests of Members of Parliament , I note that 'real property' interests are not listed in a systematic way. The information given says little about how those properties are being used. More >>

MPs' Real Property Interests

Tuesday, 12 May 2015, 9:17 am | Keith Rankin

Looking at the 2015 Register of Pecuniary Interests of Members of Parliament , I note that 'real property' interests are not listed in a systematic way. The information given says little about how those properties are being used. More >>

UK Election: Anticipation and Afterthoughts

Monday, 11 May 2015, 9:06 am | Keith Rankin

Last Thursday's British election (7 May) result was a surprise to just about everyone in the United Kingdom. But not to me. I correctly anticipated the result on 23 April ( United Kingdom General Election on 7 May ), and on 2 May ( First-Past-the-Post ... More >>

Thought for this Day: Regressive Transport Levy in Auckland?

Monday, 4 May 2015, 10:10 am | Keith Rankin

The press release from Auckland Council about the proposed interim levy on ratepayers is ambiguous, possibly intentionally so. First it describes "an interim fixed levy on ratepayers" and on the next paragraph mentions a levy that "has ... More >>

Meaningful Opportunities for Young Men : Keith Rankin

Thursday, 30 April 2015, 12:43 pm | Keith Rankin

On 28 April ( New Zealand population dynamics before and after WW1 ) I noted the special demographic circumstances of the years immediately prior to World War 1. Here I would like to extend the argument that young men in particular need constructive ... More >>

New Zealand population dynamics before and after WW1

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 1:28 pm | Keith Rankin

Keith Rankin, 28 April 2015 Studies of populations and migrations commonly use the term 'safety-valve' to describe opportunities that relieve population pressure in particular places. One example is 'For Spirit and Adventure' by Angela McCarthy, ... More >>

Re: United Kingdom General Election on 7 May : Keith Rankin

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 11:21 am | Keith Rankin

I enjoy listening to Dame Anne Leslie, long-time Daily Mail journalist, who pops up regularly on the UK Correspondent section of Radio New Zealand's Nine-to-Noon. She has an amazing gift for the consummate turn of phrase More >>

Rent Now, Live Life, Buy Later Maybe

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 10:09 am | Keith Rankin

The hand-wringing about the Auckland property market continues to escalate; the headless chickens run amok through the corridors of power, and through the mainstream media. More >>

Thought for this Day: Getting Ahead and Behind

Monday, 13 April 2015, 9:48 am | Keith Rankin

Hilary Clinton is running for US President on a platform of people "getting ahead". Andrew Little also used that "getting ahead" line frequently during Labour's primary election last year. (His rivals used the equally trite "aspiration".) More >>

Keith Rankin : Nuanced Economic Growth

Thursday, 9 April 2015, 9:51 am | Keith Rankin

On Tuesday I listened to Eric Crampton (of the New Zealand Initiative ) discussing on Radio New Zealand the virtues of economic growth. It was a good discussion, and Crampton's view was much more nuanced than those of many growth advocates. More >>

Thought for this Day: Negative Interest

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 9:47 am | Keith Rankin

For most of this year, Denmark and Switzerland have had negative interest rates. Sweden has since joined them. We might have thought that this revolution in finance would have been among the biggest news stories of the year. More >>

Keith Rankin : Subsistence and the Benefit

Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 10:11 am | Keith Rankin

Yesterday on Radio New Zealand's Morning Report "Te Manu Korihi for 30 March 2015", Mana's Hone Harawira discussed the matter of unemployed Maori returning to their home rural villages losing their 'job-seeker' benefits, and how this process may ... More >>

Reflecting on the Northland Byelection

Monday, 30 March 2015, 8:58 am | Keith Rankin

National's vulnerability in Northland should have taken nobody by surprise. Winston Peters is a very natural fit in his tūrangawaeawe. National, on 49% in Northland at the general election did not even have a majority of party votes. Patrick Gower ... More >>

Reflecting on the Northland Byelection

Monday, 30 March 2015, 8:57 am | Keith Rankin

Keith Rankin, 30 March 2015 National's vulnerability in Northland should have taken nobody by surprise. Winston Peters is a very natural fit in his tūrangawaeawe. National, on 49% in Northland at the general election did not even have a majority of party ... More >>

 

 

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