Geoff Simmons

Geoff Simmons is an economist and General Manager of the Morgan Foundation.

Politics
Sep 20, 2019

A champion for the elderly? Parliament already has plenty of those

Broadcaster Mark Sainsbury is calling for a “champion for the elderly”. But the truth is, every single politician in parliament already fits that bill, writes TOP leader Geoff Simmons. 

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Politics
May 2, 2019

Don't listen to the extremists. Gene editing could be an environmental miracle for NZ

Scientists say that gene editing could make a big difference in combating our environmental challenges, but the government refuses to listen, argues Opportunities Party leader Geoff Simmons.

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Business
Feb 18, 2019

Hey renters – don't fall for the capital gains tax fantasy

Property owners learn their fate on Thursday with the Tax Working Group's big reveal on capital capital gains tax. But it won't be the housing panacea Generation Rent is hoping for.

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Politics
Jan 21, 2019

New Zealand is losing at housing. How could we win?

We need bold action, not tinkering at the edges. And overhauling the tax system has to be part of the change

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Politics
Oct 26, 2018

The Greens’ proposed donation ban would serve to ban new parties from parliament

The Greens' donation cap proposal will simply pull the small party ladder up behind them, argues TOP leader Geoff Simmons.

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Politics
Aug 23, 2018

Geoff Simmons: the demonisation of TOP 2.0 is political tribalism at its worst

TOP's leader writes about the party's rebirth, and what the furious reaction to it says about the state of New Zealand politics. The reaction to the relaunch of TOP was overwhelmingly …

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Politics
Jul 27, 2018

‘Waka jumping’ is the wrong name for this junk law. Here’s five better options

The decision to support Winston Peters' beloved caucus-cementing bill is bad karma for the Green Party

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Politics
Jul 13, 2018

What I learned from Gareth Morgan and the TOP adventure

Geoff Simmons was the deputy leader and policy power behind Gareth Morgan's fledgling, ill-fated party

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Auckland
Aug 29, 2016

Nick Smith says he can do no more on land banking. Hogwash, nonsense and baloney

The housing minister insists the government is limited to getting 'the incentives' right. But there's plenty more they could do. And there's only one Auckland mayoral candidate with a policy solution, writes Geoff Simmons.

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Politics
Apr 18, 2016

Dodgy deals with climate fraudsters – NZ’s role in the junk carbon scam

Alongside Russia and Ukraine, New Zealand is complicit in a climate swindle, and our reputation is at risk, writes Geoff Simmons.

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