Bernard Hickey

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

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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Business
Apr 1, 2021

Bernard Hickey on Labour: Great antennae, but still no radar

Despite its popularity, the Labour government remains in MMP-mode with finely tuned antennae for the 2023 election, but no radar or vision that voters can believe in.

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Business
Mar 26, 2021

Will the house price ‘guarantee’ be honoured?

On this week's episode of his new podcast, Bernard Hickey talks through the consequences of this week's big housing announcements.

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Business
Mar 19, 2021

Bernard Hickey: A cacophony of magical thinking on housing

Politicians, regulators and most voters believe that the housing crisis can be solved in their lifetimes without too much disruption or pain. They're dreamin'.

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Business
Nov 4, 2018

NZ’s addiction to double-cab utes is going to make carbon neutral by 2050 impossible

New Zealanders’ obsession with buying new double cab utes will make achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 almost impossible.

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