Bernard Hickey

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

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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Business
Jun 11, 2021

Bernard Hickey: As politicians dither on climate, business must forge ahead

With government continuing to drag its heels on getting to carbon zero, businesses will have to forge ahead on their own to slash emissions – because fudging and prevarication are …

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Business
Jun 4, 2021

Bernard Hickey: A clash of the titans is coming over the future of money

Who will create the world's most popular digital currency? Christine Lagarde? Elon Musk? What about a 'Jacinda-coin'?

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Business
Jun 2, 2021

We’ve stopped believing what they say about house prices

House price inflation has already blown through the forecasts put out by the Reserve Bank and Treasury last week.

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Business
Jun 1, 2021

The defining political fault line of our age? Cycle lanes

Wellington and Auckland bike debates are the first skirmishes in the political schism of our time: who gets to use our urban roads and for what.

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Business
May 28, 2021

Bernard Hickey on social insurance: ‘Koru class dole’ or not, this is a really big deal

Thinking through the plan to insure workers' incomes, I'm reminded of my childhood in a once-thriving town later devastated by 1980s economic reforms.

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Business
May 21, 2021

Bernard Hickey: The missed opportunity in Budget 2021

Labour might have done more with its pristine balance sheet, argues Bernard Hickey.

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Politics
May 17, 2021

Bernard Hickey: This rethink on immigration is long overdue

Our immigration policy has been dominated by low-skill visas and short-term political thinking for too long. Now it's time for a new approach.

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Business
May 14, 2021

Why we shouldn’t be so afraid of Beijing – or so naive about how China Inc operates

New Zealand tiptoes around criticising China, fearing a trade and investment backlash. But are those fears really justified?

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Business
May 12, 2021

ScoMo’s conservatives are relaxed taking on debt to pay for what matters. Why is NZ so tight?

While NZ Labour frets about debt of 32% of GDP, Australia's conservative government has embraced major deficit spending and is relaxed about 50% debt.

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Business
May 7, 2021

Lower debt in, cutting child poverty out: Bernard Hickey on financial priorities

Why won't Treasury advise the government to spend on welfare, instead of cutting debt and filling Super Fund coffers?

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Politics
May 6, 2021

The brilliant and perverse absurdity of Labour’s austerity budget of 2021

Despite Labour’s rhetoric about improving wellbeing in the long run, it's making the same mistakes National did from 2011 to 2015.

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Business
Apr 30, 2021

Bernard Hickey: Mortgage lending needs restricting, whether banks like it or not

Banks power to issue debt keeps our economy ticking – but it's a power that needs guard rails, for everyone's sake.

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Society
Apr 27, 2021

Bernard Hickey: The issues the government’s council review must address

The key problems for councils are problems of the political economy and structural funding. Here's how the government can help.

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Business
Apr 23, 2021

Bernard Hickey on our ‘kind’ country’s mean migration settings

We ask people to work for us, and then treat them as not the same as 'us' when the chips were down.

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Business
Apr 16, 2021

Beware the great suburban backlash of 2022

A nationwide ratepayers revolt against rates and debt hikes is looking increasingly likely, warns Bernard Hickey

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Business
Apr 9, 2021

Bernard Hickey on the new plan to unravel capitalism’s ‘doom loop’

The global heavyweights have realised waiting for the rising tide of the economy to lift all boats isn't working. When will Ardern and Robertson catch on?

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