Columns and Commentary

Our strong, growing economy, backed by the Government’s clear economic plan, is translating into real benefits for New Zealand households and businesses.
US President Barack Obama, in his 166-word eulogy in Time magazine that named Prime Minister Narendra Modi among the 100 most influential people in the world.
The latest crime statistics came out just before Easter and for those of us in Auckland they make appalling reading.
We need to take action on climate change, not only because it is the most serious problem facing our planet and our future, but also because it is an opportunity for New Zealand.
Family life is the cornerstone of a happy, healthy society. That’s why the well-being of young families and children has been at the heart of the Government’s new spending in a growing economy.
I’m sure you have heard of the case of the young New Zealand man recently sent to jail in Myanmar for insulting religion.
New Zealand is a great place to raise a family. We have a good lifestyle. We’re ranked first in the world for social progress. More Kiwis are coming home. But National knows we can make New Zealand even better.
A fundamental responsibility of the state is to ensure the safety of its citizens. Being safe is one of the real advantages of living in New Zealand where we are free from the conflict that engulfs so many other countries.
The world has fragmented since the day Deepika Padukone’s documentary film for Vogue Empower went viral.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins to build a relationship with Sri Lanka's new leadership, the one thing he needs to be wary of is the extremist Tamil position in the island nation.
ACC levies, paid by employers and self-employed people, will fall to 90 cents per $100 of liable earnings, down from 95 cents. This reduces costs for hard-working small businesses around the country.
It’s a new generation coming through, it’s setting a young person’s agenda for our cities and country, and it gives me hope for the future of Auckland and New Zealand.
If I as a candidate can get that much attention and commitment in three weeks imagine what I and Northland could do in the next 133 weeks.
The more I thought of it, the more it did not make sense. Then someone said to me – “it does not matter what you say- what matters is who is listening to you”. That’s when the feedback made complete sense.
India is expected to be the world’s third largest economy by 2025 and it should be a much larger trading partner for New Zealand. In 2008, as Minister of Trade, I reached agreement with the then Indian Minister of Commerce......
The increase in economic growth, combined with 80,000 new jobs in the past year, paints a strong picture of a broad-based economic recovery. Strong sustainable economic growth is the only way to create more jobs and increase incomes.
The growth of internet, Facebook and other social media has meant that our lives are no longer private. But it is only recently, since the revelations by the former US government employee Edward Snowden, that we have come to realise...
Just then I spotted a lady who looked quite evidently pregnant, and was carrying four bags on her. Yes, there were four bags of different sizes – a backpack, a small messenger bag slung across her shoulders and two supermarket bags on each arm.
The male dominant world has always placed barriers on women to behave in a particular manner. Do this, don’t do that, watch your language, wear certain clothes, don't wear certain clothes; the never-ending barriers don’t seem to ever fall away..
I went up to the counter with my child and told one of the staff about what had happened. He asked for the receipt and I told him that I had thrown it away. ‘Sorry, I need the receipt,’ he said and walked away from us to another customer.

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