The media have been reporting the poor scores that NZ school children have been getting compared to other countries in international maths and science tests. On 2 February of this year One News ran the headline "Principal's Federation criticizes Ministry of Education over declining student results". It said that "The federation's letter followed a string of poor results in a variety of tests. Last year, the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study reported fallin
A few weeks ago the Climate Change Commission in NZ released its report which put the emphasis on enacting far-reaching "command and control regulations" to reduce pollution. The report appeared hot on the heals of the government's declaration of a "climate emergency". Meanwhile, down at the Huntly Power Station: "Genesis Energy is preparing to fire up a third coal-fired steam turbine to counter looming energy shortages as the country’s hydro storage shrinks to historically l
Last week, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) released its report for the NZ Government. It received nation-wide media coverage: https://ccc-production-media.s3.ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/public/evidence/advice-report-DRAFT-1ST-FEB/ADVICE/CCC-ADVICE-TO-GOVT-31-JAN-2021-pdf.pdf A large number of the world's most eminent economists recommend that the best way of dealing with the harm that pollution is causing the environment is to price that harm by implementing a carbon tax
I wrote an article for the National Business Review, accessed via their website, https://www.nbr.co.nz/node/228947, or you can read it below. It makes the argument that the achievement of this present government is to set an objective for NZ that strikes a chord with most Kiwis - namely high well-being supported by an ethos of respect for the other, or "kindness". However, let's not get carried way. There isn't a strategy behind how to achieve this objective. Here it is .....