On Gareth Morgan’s ‘new’ tax, and the UBI gone

Gareth Morgan’s The Opportunities Party yesterday (re)announced its first policy, Morgan’s long-standing plan for a comprehensive capital income tax. In effect, the policy argues that all forms of wealth generate – or should generate – income, just like savings accumulate interest, and that that income should be taxed, just like interest is. Most controversially, the…

Book review: Extraordinary Anywhere

Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays on Place from Aotearoa New Zealand Edited by Ingrid Horrocks and Cherie Lacey (Victoria University Press, $40) This review was originally published on the Scoop Review of Books. When I was coming to the end of my six-year stint in London, British people would often say to me, ‘I quite understand why…

Women Working for Free Day

As of today, there is 13% left of 2016. And since women earn on average 13% less than men, as of today, women are effectively working for free for the rest of the year. The Pay Equity Challenge Coalition does a lot to raise this issue, and to point out that women aren’t working working for…

RNZ vs Uber during the big earthquake

In the midst of the earthquakes last night, it was striking to compare the performance of two key public and private institutions, Radio New Zealand and Uber, and the things that motivate them. As dozens of people noted, RNZ put in a stellar performance: Susie Ferguson rushed to the studio, and she and others provided…

New project: a book on government renewal

Having spent much of the last few years researching and writing about income inequality, I have a new project that I’m very excited about: a book about the renewal of government – what it does and how it does it – in the face of the major problems of the twenty-first century. The big, interconnected…