Category Archives: Letters & Opinion Pieces

The Minimum Wage and the Extractive Economy


There is a question that political economists used to ask, “What sort of society do we want to live in?” That question was a central core of the wider study of political economy, the study of our real economic experience. It … Continue reading

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We need a credible inquiry into what has happened to the NZ Public Service


On Monday 8th September 2014, Associate Professor Grant Duncan wrote an opinion piece in the Hawke’s Bay Today asking whether there is a need for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the New Zealand Public Service.   This was a serious issue … Continue reading

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Guest Blog – The Daily Blog – Confessions of an Ex-Public Servant: Watching the Slow Death of the Public Sector


Back in the 16th century, good Queen Bess said to her Privy Council of advisors something along the lines of: “I want your free, frank advice, without consideration of fear or favour.” In other words, tell me what you think, … Continue reading

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Realising the Potential of Hawke’s Bay (and NZ Primary Sector)


Realising the Potential of Hawke's Bay (and NZ Primary Sector).

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