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Don’t take the jobs boom for granted

One of the puzzles that we've got at the moment is why business confidence should be falling at a time when the global economy is going strong and New Zealand’s...


Hobson - March 2018

Most Hobson readers will be painfully aware of the way their rates bills have increased in the past five years.  This has partly reflected decisions by successive councils to shift...


Better Public Service

Being in Government is about making decisions that will help create progress and success for New Zealanders now and into the future. It’s important for taxpayers to know that the...


Hobson - January & February 2018

I hope you’re reading this column during a great holiday, perhaps with a glass of wine.  Congratulations to The Hobson for carrying on successfully through another year, with growing readership....


Merry Christmas

As 2017 draws to a close, we’ve much to celebrate here in New Zealand.  We live in a peaceful part of the world.  We continue to enjoy relative prosperity and...


Hobson - December 2017

I was planning to write this post-election Hobson article from inside a reinvigorated National-led government, working with our fine leader Bill English to build on the success this country has...


Verve Article - November 2017

This is not the post-election article I had hoped to write.  I had hoped to be writing about the opportunity to work with our fine leader Bill English to build...


Goldsmith Update - October 2017

This is not the post-election Goldsmith Update I had hoped to write. I had hoped to be writing about the opportunity to work with our fine leader Bill English to...


Celebrating our democracy.

I’m writing this column a couple of days after the election, before we know the outcome of coalition negotiations.  What we do know is that National received 46% of the...


Hobson - October 2017

I’m writing this column in the thick of the campaign, taking a break from door knocking and fixing hoarding signs on a day when the rain is thumping down. All...