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    Feature and news articles by Max Rashbrooke

    Voluntary pledges way forward on climate change

    by  • April 23, 2014 • Articles, News • 2 Comments

    Progress on a new global treaty on climate change will happen through countries making voluntary pledges instead of signing up to mandated emissions cuts, according to Dr Christina Hood of the International Energy Agency. Giving a lecture to the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Hood said the next big step in international climate...

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    NZ govt spending above average – OECD

    by  • December 12, 2013 • Features • 0 Comments

    The New Zealand government spends more than most OECD countries – but with a smaller number of public sector workers than its counterparts, according to the OECD’s Szuzsanna Lonti. Giving an Institute for Governance and Policy Studies lecture earlier this week, she said general government expenditure as a proportion of GDP was 49% in...

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    The reality of unemployment

    by  • December 10, 2013 • Features • 0 Comments

    It’s sometimes said that people living in poverty just need to try harder, but I’m not sure how much more Amy Scott, profiled today in The Press, could be doing: Amy Scott and her two children have moved houses five times since the earthquakes. Scott lost her job after work as a bartender “dwindled...

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    ‘Let’s encourage John Banks to stand again’

    by  • October 20, 2013 • News • 1 Comment

    The diminished power of local councillors, election booklets that have “passed their use-by date” and uncertainty over amalgamation all helped drive turnout to a record low in this year’s local council elections. That was the verdict of Mike Reid, Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ)’s principal policy advisor, in a lecture given to the Institute...

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