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Asian Free Trade Zone

Asian Free Trade Zone

Japan is keen to envelop New Zealand and Australia into its vision for an Asian free-trade zone in both trade and investment, and beyond into technology, education and tourism.  

World First

World First

Associate finance minister Trevor Mallard is the first person to conduct a euro cash transaction, exchanging NZ dollars for new euro notes at Wellington’s airport.  

Hemorrhaging Talent

Hemorrhaging Talent

A disturbing survey of New Zealand’s graduating medical students reveals four out of five plan to depart overseas within two years. The survey makes clear the importance of addressing issues like student loans and remuneration to…

Green Party Turns Red

Green Party Turns Red

The Green Party briefly turns red after the party swallows a report posing as part of a campaign to ban the substance Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO). Convinced it was genuine the party responds enthusiastically requesting more information to…

NZ Among Ten Most Competitive

NZ Among Ten Most Competitive

New Zealand ranks amongst the ten most competitive countries in the world, according to a survey conducted by the World Economic Forum (WEF). New Zealand perches at #10 on the index, which the WEF argues is…

The Person is Political

The Person is Political

Voters across the political spectrum have convinced Georgina Beyers not to quit politics after she said she was stepping down. “The fact that a transsexual, a former sex worker and a Labour candidate could win the historically…

Kiwi Bashing is No Joke

Kiwi Bashing is No Joke

Air New Zealand’s role in the financial difficulties of Ansett Australia has created heated comment in the Australian media. “In recent days it has not been difficult to come by jokes and derisive comments about New Zealanders….

September 11

September 11

New Zealanders and Australians unite in New York City to share their grief at the loss of antipodean lives on September 11th. Kiwi Alan Beaven, a leading environmental lawyer based in California, was on the hijacked plane that…

ANZUS Shmanzus

ANZUS Shmanzus

“The Chinese are not coming, the Russians are not coming, the Indonesians are not even coming. Time has moved on.” Helen Clark doesn’t miss ANZUS – and doesn’t think she will any time soon.  

Corporate Drain

Corporate Drain

“Forget the brain drain – the Kiwis who leave usually come back; the real problem we face is the corporation drain, the breaking up or moving offshore of our top corporations,” says Mike Pratt, dean of…

All the Money in the World

All the Money in the World

New Zealander Graeme Wheeler has been appointed Treasurer of the World Bank and in the process takes responsibility for a portfolio worth hundreds of millions.  

NZ ‘No Subsidies’ Model for Europe?

NZ ‘No Subsidies’ Model for Europe?

“New Zealand is one of a handful of countries which have embarked on free trade for agriculture and some say it should be used as a model for changes in Europe.”

Wading In

Wading In

Robert Wade, Professor at the London School of Economics, gave NZ a “developing” status at the Knowledge Wave Conference. “The comparative position of New Zealand today is more serious than many think,” Dr Wade said, adding that…

The Pacific Petri Dish

The Pacific Petri Dish

The Australian takes an editorial swipe at the Triple Bottom Line approach advocated at New Zealand’s Knowledge Wave Conference. Paul Kelly believes “New Zealand today raises loud alarm bells for an Australian.”  

CNN on PM

CNN on PM

With a focus on Clark’s style of governance and personal history, CNN attempt to get behind the professional life of the New Zealand Prime Minister.  

GE Free?

GE Free?

Against anxiety that it will affect our clean, green image, New Zealand’s Royal Commission on Genetic Engineering suggests cautious introduction of GM. In reaction, Kiwi artists raising their voice include Dave Dobbyn and Bic Runga wearing their…

WTO Tangle

WTO Tangle

“It’s a little puzzling that the major trade remedy for an organization that promotes liberalized trade is to restrict trade,” says Mike Moore, referring to the problems in enforcing WTO rulings. Will the next round of…

Once More Around the Track

Once More Around the Track

Driving-man New Zealander Scott Dixon turns twenty-one, old enough to have a drink to celebrate being the youngest-ever winner in major open-wheel racing.  

Click Go the Sheilas

Click Go the Sheilas

Kiwi shearer Kylie Hamilton, “not really a very hefty bird,” but “with a good chassis under her” matches the men in her gang sheep for sheep – one of the first women in enter this very…

Get Up Stand Up – Kiwi Cultural Laboratory

Get Up Stand Up – Kiwi Cultural Laboratory

New Zealand doesn’t get the attention it deserves as a “kind of cultural laboratory for issues such as the rights of indigenous inhabitants or the equality of women”.

Dealing to the Queen

Dealing to the Queen

It’s only a matter of time before New Zealand becomes a republic says PM Helen Clark, stressing that it’s still not a high priority.  

Financial Future Rosy

Financial Future Rosy

Finance Minister Michael Cullen optimistic about New Zealand’s economic future despite the global slowdown.  

Writing With a Cause

Writing With a Cause

Working for international NGOs appeals to journalists as “an honorable route forward”, including former New Zealand reporter Brendan Parry, now working for Amnesty International, where there is “a huge amount of recognition if you do good work”….

On the Up

On the Up

A low dollar, good tourism revenues and buoyant international prices for our primary commodities are leading New Zealand towards an unexpectedly strong export-lead recovery, including a $95million current account surplus. Also, “It was a boomer,” says UBS Warburg…

Nearly There

Nearly There

“In principle, we are just about there. I want it and everyone wants it,” says former NZ-PM, WTO head Mike Moore, confirming his work on bringing China into the WTO has nearly reached its conclusion. …

Private Worries

Private Worries

New Zealand’s privacy laws touted as an example for Australia to follow in protecting the rights of its citizens and mesh better with EU legislation.  

Compensation Won

Compensation Won

International interest raised by Waitangi Tribunal ruling on compensation for Moriori descendents of survivors of the 1835 Chathams massacre.  

Boyish Blair

Boyish Blair

Ex-Labourite, New Zealander Bryan Gould comments on the man who runs Britain: “When I see him on television now, he still seems very young to me – just as he was in 1983, refreshingly boyish, wet…

Don’t Bank on British Security

Don’t Bank on British Security

NZ is light years ahead of Britain for banking security. “I don’t want to sound like a homesick Antipodean”, writes Charlotte Denny, “but ever since I arrived here 10 years ago, the true awfulness of the British…

In The Black

In The Black

The New Zealand trade surplus for April comes in at $391 million.  

The Ghost of Rob

The Ghost of Rob

“A late but not widely lamented New Zealand prime minister once introduced strict currency controls. When asked if the fixed rate was not out of line with market reality, he responded that the value of the…

Top Dollars Man

Top Dollars Man

The Australian Treasury head-hunted Ken Henry from Canterbury University in 1984: now he’s the head of the outfit.  

Sharing the Wealth

Sharing the Wealth

Former New Zealand PM now WTO head Mike Moore writes on spreading the gains of free trade to the world’s least-developed countries. Also, Moore warns against bully-boy tactics.  

Law Lord Retires

Law Lord Retires

Lord Cooke of Thorndon, the man whose decisions changed the face of race relations in New Zealand, retires from the Privy Council. “Lord Cooke’s achievement in being appointed as a law lord on his retirement as…

Election Aid

Election Aid

New Zealand will provide personnel, technical and funding assistance to ensure Fiji’s up-coming elections run properly.  

Global Warning

Global Warning

Kiwi LSE economist Robert Wade, tracks the winners and losers in the big-stakes game of globalisation and stirs debate with new thinking: “Growing inequality is analogous to global warming. Its effects are diffuse and long-term ……

Hand of Friendship

Hand of Friendship

Helen Clark and Jiang Zemin: “old friends”.

Dollar Getting Burgered

Dollar Getting Burgered

The Economist’s Big Mac index indicates the New Zealand dollar is 40-50% under fair value. Burgernomics in more detail.

Free Economy

Free Economy

New Zealand has the third freest economy in the world, after Hong Kong and Singapore, according to Economic Freedom in the World 2001 Annual Report.

Reviewing the Guard

Reviewing the Guard

Prime Minister Helen Clark reviews the honor guard as she is welcomed to Beijing.  

Oz Needs Women on Top

Oz Needs Women on Top

Australia needs to heed New Zealand’s example on female politicians, roping more talented women into mainstream parties. New Zealand’s current female dominated political scene is “light years away from Australia’s old-fashioned old boys’ game.”  

Get Talking

Get Talking

Foreign Minister Phil Goff will push for a new WTO round during a continental trip, as well encouraging continued European support for East Timor.

Kyoto Controversy

Kyoto Controversy

New Zealand will not give up on the Kyoto Protocol states Helen Clark. “New Zealand and Japan worked very hard to get it and we hope to find a way to bring the US back into…

Anti-Terror Laws

Anti-Terror Laws

New Zealand Parliament looks to pass new anti-terrorist laws, “strengthening New Zealand’s ability to deter and react decisively to international terrorist attacks”.  

Young Diplomats

Young Diplomats

Exchange student are young diplomats, Prime Minister Helen Clark told a high school in Osaka during a speech promoting youth exchanges between New Zealand and Japan.  

Peace Memorial Visit

Peace Memorial Visit

Helen Clark, noted in Japan as the leader of a “declared anti-nuclear country”, visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum during her official trip to Japan.

Trade Freed Up

Trade Freed Up

Bi-lateral trade between New Zealand and Singapore grew 35% from January to February, following a free trade pact which kicked off at the beginning of the year.  

Small Country with a Big Attitude

Small Country with a Big Attitude

“Recent history shows that the New Zealand government, especially with Clark’s own Labour Party at the helm, has not shied away from David and Goliath-like confrontations. The feisty nation arguably made its first proper international splash…

Into Left-field

Into Left-field

Labour hits 50%, Helen Clark does a pb of 36%. “The government is the only game in town,” says Clark.

Cabinet Re-maker

Cabinet Re-maker

New Zealand’s cabinet rulebook gets an overhaul to make it coalition compatible.  

Womanly Example

Womanly Example

Japanese society should look to New Zealand for kick-ass high-profile female role-models suggests PM Helen Clark.  

Public Interest

Public Interest

Once watched as the world’s greatest free-market experiment, New Zealand is leading the way in getting democracy out from under the corporate thumb says prominent intellectual Noreena Hertz.  

Head for Debate

Head for Debate

Commonwealth Sec-Gen and former New Zealand 2IC Don McKinnon indicates the next Leader of the Commonwealth might be up for debate after the Queen moves on.  

Big Money Beware

Big Money Beware

The Government seeks to implement a “code of conduct” for foreign investors, leading to “higher standards of investment”.

No Free Trade Free Lunch

No Free Trade Free Lunch

“There is no short cut, and we should not fool ourselves that some deal will come down from above. The only round we can launch is one that WTO members across the spectrum can identify with…

Groundbreaker Gov-Gen

Groundbreaker Gov-Gen

“As one of the few female law students of her generation,  Cartwright was barred from the Law Students association, denied access to textbooks and told she was only at university to find a husband.”…