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Goldsmith Update - August 2019

Only four times recently has the Reserve Bank slashed interest rates half a per cent or more: after 9/11; during the GFC; after the Canterbury earthquakes; and now...


The budget: wellbeing or botched?

I’m writing from my desk in Parliament as we grind through urgent legislation after the budget.   Well, how does it measure up? Credit where credit’s due.  Most would agree that...


Amateur Hour

After 18 months of waiting and a $2 million tax working group, National’s strong opposition to a Capital Gains Tax has forced the Government to back down. This is good...


They’re coming for your savings

Expect to hear plenty about taxes this year.   The government is set to rake in billions of dollars of more taxes every year, due to a failure to adjust income...


Goldsmith Update - December 2018

On this, the last week of Parliament, I was bailed up on the way to Caucus by a reporter with a microphone in my face: ‘What do you want for...


Goldsmith Update - November 2018

No new leader of the National Party has been tested quite in the manner that Simon Bridges has in the past month or so.  The pressure has been immense and...


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....