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    Feature and news articles by Max Rashbrooke

    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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    Wellington set for Living Wage

    by  • October 12, 2013 • Comment • 0 Comments

    Wellington City Council looks set to become the country’s first Living Wage council following last night’s election. Last year it voted in principle to support the idea, and put aside $250,000 for it. Now, on the new fifteen-strong council (including the mayor), nine are in support. Six councillors who voted for the Living Wage...

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