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Goldsmith Update - Lockdown Edition

These extraordinary times have a surreal quality in Auckland.  On a personal level, being confined to home with my family during a period of golden weather is providing a special...


Coronavirus: Please open the Crown's wallet now, we'll support you

Government decisions, on justifiable public health grounds, to severely restrict movement and significant parts of everyday life is already having a significant economic cost. It looks likely this will get much...


What our economic response to coronavirus should look like

The economic consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak are already significant.


Lighting the regulations bonfire

Every day in Parliament someone discovers a new problem that can be fixed by a new regulation.  Often it can seem like a good idea – something to improve the...


Dealing with the unexpected

At Christmas no one would have expected the coronavirus outbreak that is currently creating such disruption around the world.


Goldsmith Update - February 2020

The election year kicked off in Parliament this week with familiar themes: the government in trouble, especially New Zealand First; lots of big promises from Jacinda Ardern met with widespread...


Let’s get the city moving

As we kick into election year, I’m optimistic.  Not just for my party’s prospects, but also for our country’s long-term prospects.  Sure, there are many causes for alarm out there:...


Nine years of progress on welfare being undone

After years of improvement under National, benefit numbers are now back to heights last seen during the Global Financial Crisis.


Goldsmith Update - Christmas Edition

Like most of you, I suspect, I’m worn out after a long year and looking forward to the summer break – the beach, time with the family and plenty of...


On wellbeing

At the start of the Christmas rush I joined a panel discussion at the University of Auckland on wellbeing, with a famous visiting economist, Richard Easterlin, and some politicians.