Bernard Hickey

Bernard Hickey is host of the Spinoff podcast When the Facts Change.

Business
Oct 22, 2021

The National-Labour coalition on housing should expect a big election backlash

It’s stirred up a hornets' nest of Nimbys, but there are some benefits in challenging the party faithful.

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Business
Oct 15, 2021

As finance company memories fade, a new generation of investor is shooting for the moon

Shut out of the property market and facing near non-existent savings rates, an increasing number of young New Zealanders are sinking their cash into crypto.

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Business
Oct 8, 2021

Many businesses only want vaccinated staff and customers. Will government let them make the big exclusion?

The business sector isn't generally a fan of the so-called nanny state. But when it comes to vaccine mandates, they're willing to make an exception.

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Business
Oct 1, 2021

Bernard Hickey: The coming legal showdown on mandatory vaccines

Employers are stuck between a Covid rock and a criminally liable hard place - and the government seems unwilling to help them escape.

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Business
Sep 24, 2021

Bernard Hickey: Fashion’s greenwashing problem and how to see through it

It may claim to have changed its ways, but the global fashion industry continues to exploit both workers and the environment.

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Business
Sep 17, 2021

Bernard Hickey: Is a kinder, gentler sort of capitalism possible?

Many of the world's top business figures claim they've had an ethical epiphany – but one that won't prevent them continuing to make huge profits.

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Business
Sep 10, 2021

Bernard Hickey: What comes after ‘Greed is Good’?

The proudly avaricious era of business is ending, but will what comes next save capitalism from its self-destructive spiral?

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Business
Sep 3, 2021

Bernard Hickey: The case for mandatory vaccines in the workplace

Business leaders are warning that vaccination will need to be mandated in certain workplaces if we want to get the rate over 90%.

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Business
Aug 27, 2021

The rich got richer in last year’s lockdown – and now it’s set to happen again

Last year the government gave businesses billions of dollars they didn't eventually need – all while the poor were left behind. Ready for version 2.0?

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Business
Aug 20, 2021

Bernard Hickey: We’re flying blind into our population future

How can we plan for the future without knowing how fast and where our population will grow?

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Business
Aug 13, 2021

Bernard Hickey: Without political ‘air cover’, climate action is all but doomed

This week’s climate change 'code red' demands major emergency action, but it's not going to happen without support from across the aisle.

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Business
Aug 6, 2021

Bernard Hickey: The team of five million rhetoric rings hollow for those locked in visa limbo

With the situation for temporary visa holders now beyond dire, we're finally hearing a collective howl of protest and a demand to rectify it.

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Politics
Aug 3, 2021

Here are all the levers the government isn’t pulling to fix our housing catastrophe

What was a crisis when Labour was elected in 2017 is now both a home ownership and rental affordability catastrophe. Where's the urgency?

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Business
Jul 31, 2021

The supermarket duopoly is a disaster for consumers. But don’t bet on a break-up

If you thought this week's damning report on the state of our supermarkets would augur big changes in the sector, brace yourself for disappointment.

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Business
Jul 30, 2021

The answer to NZ’s transport future lies down a long tunnel in Whanganui

On the path to carbon zero, we could learn a thing or two from the Durie Hill Elevator, once a key part of Whanganui's thriving public transport system.

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Business
Jul 29, 2021

Why those in energy poverty should be angry about Rio Tinto’s latest results

A tale of two energy consumers: dirt-cheap power for Tiwai Point, sky-high prices for the average New Zealander

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Business
Jul 23, 2021

How a Covid-19 policy put the final nail in the coffin of first-home buyers’ dreams

The Reserve Bank's monetary policy may have saved our economy from the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic, but at what cost?

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Business
Jul 23, 2021

Bernard Hickey: Get ready for the big push to the finishing line on vaccination

If we're going to open our borders, we're going to need one of the highest Covid vaccination rates in the world. Here's how we could get there.

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Business
Jul 16, 2021

Bernard Hickey: A solar panel for every roof

The only solution to our broken electricity market is to tear the whole thing down.

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Money
Jul 13, 2021

Bernard Hickey: Taihoa on the rate hike fears

Yes, the Reserve Bank will probably start hiking the OCR later in the year. No, it won't cause a crisis.

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Business
Jul 9, 2021

Bernard Hickey: The $1 trillion housing wealth crime of the century

Accidentally on purpose, the generations that owned or bought property from the mid-1980s until the early 2000s were able to profit enormously.

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Business
Jul 2, 2021

Bernard Hickey: A big housing idea for ye (me) of little faith or hope

Shocked at how shocked readers were at his loss of hope for the housing futures of young renters, Bernard Hickey came up with something new.

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Business
Jun 29, 2021

Bernard Hickey: Our climate goals won’t be met as long as capital gains trump all

It's impossible to see how our climate ambitions can be achieved while infrastructure spending remains so low.

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Business
Jun 25, 2021

Bernard Hickey: A pyrrhic and partial victory in Wellington

Last night Wellington City Council voted for a spatial plan that will allow some intensification of housing, but the problems run much deeper.

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Business
Jun 25, 2021

Bernard Hickey: How hope for a generation was lost

The housing market has bolted and destroyed the dreams for our youngest people. And there’s no real prospect leaders can (or want to) wrangle it back to affordability.

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Business
Jun 18, 2021

Bernard Hickey: Our empires of cold and mould

Our houses are heat-leaking mould machines, and they're stopping us meeting our child poverty or carbon zero targets.

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