George Driver

George Driver is a freelance journalist based in Central Otago, New Zealand.

Society
Sep 29, 2021

Being backwards can be our way forward: A case for South Island secession

Who needs Hamilton when you have Invercargill?

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Money
Sep 22, 2021

Cleaner, greener cars are finally on their way to our roads. But at what price?

Get ready for less choice and higher prices, warns the vehicle import industry. Worth it, say climate campaigners.

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Business
Sep 15, 2021

After the big bounce of 2020, how will the NZ economy recover from 2021's outbreak?

The numbers are encouraging. But is NZ really out of the Covid-19 economic woods?

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Society
Sep 8, 2021

Does New Zealand care less about climate change than other countries?

A new poll has found that while we want the government to act now to combat climate change, we appear more complacent than our international peers.

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Society
Sep 1, 2021

What is life like now for countries with the highest Covid vaccination rates?

Scott Morrison has urged us to ‘come out of the cave’ and open up to the world once our vaccination rates ramp up. What would that actually look like?

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Society
Aug 28, 2021

A blur of vomit, shit, sleeplessness, and unrequited love

Nothing can prepare you for the first weeks of parenthood.

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Politics
Aug 17, 2021

‘It might be too late’: resettled NZDF interpreter on fears for family in Afghanistan

An interpreter who worked for the NZDF in Afghanistan for a decade says he has grave fear for loved ones in the country as the Taliban takes hold.

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Money
Aug 12, 2021

How do NZ grocery prices compare with overseas? We have the receipts

New Zealand’s grocery prices are among the highest in the world. But just how much cheaper is bread, cheese and booze around the globe?

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Media
Aug 4, 2021
Politics
Jul 28, 2021

Our coal usage is going up and up. Here’s how much that matters

Coal-powered electricity generation is hitting record levels. Should we be worried?

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Politics
Jul 21, 2021

What are SNAs and why are farmers protesting them?

People have been debating what an SNA is, and who gets to decide that, for 30 years. So why has a new draft policy struck such a nerve?

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Business
Jul 14, 2021

Wages are set to rise – but don’t get too excited

Here's why it may not mean more money in your pocket.

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Politics
Jul 7, 2021

Is the Chinese government really harvesting the organs of prisoners?

Weighing up the evidence on Louisa Wall's claim that the Chinese government is harvesting the organs of Uyghur and Falun Gong prisoners.

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Politics
Jun 30, 2021

Everyone’s confused about the new hate speech law. Here’s what it actually says

We demystify what the proposed law would make an offence – and what it wouldn't.

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Business
Jun 28, 2021

NZ is leading the global pack on GDP. Is it worth breaking out the bubbles over?

The numbers are encouraging. But is NZ really out of the Covid-19 economic woods?

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Vodafone
May 6, 2021

A mission to halve NZ’s disadvantaged youth numbers is starting in Invercargill

George Driver travels to the deep south to meet the organisations that are helping transform the future for local rangatahi.

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Business
May 2, 2021

Clyde survived: How domestic tourism saved my hometown

How has the tiny Central Otago town of Clyde fared one year on from Covid? The answer may surprise you.

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Society
Apr 10, 2021

An introvert’s ultimate birthday party: 24 hours alone in Invercargill

George Driver heads to the end of the Earth to spend his birthday alone in Invercargill.

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The Bulletin
Jan 9, 2021

Motorsport great Hayden Paddon on bouncing back from the toughest years of his life

After the toughest years of his career, Hayden Paddon is taking on the world again. In a garage in Cromwell he’s building the world’s first electric rally car.

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Business
Jan 2, 2021

Tree climbing – the greatest sport you’ve never heard of

Forget rugby, cricket and netball. This is the sport where New Zealanders truly shine.

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Vodafone
Dec 15, 2020

How Covid-19 turbocharged technology

In just eight weeks, consumer and business digital adoption jumped forward five years.

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Business
Nov 16, 2020

Tree climbing – the greatest sport you’ve never heard of

Forget rugby, cricket and netball. This is the sport where New Zealanders truly shine.

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The Bulletin
Jul 31, 2020

Motorsport great Hayden Paddon on bouncing back from the toughest years of his life

After the toughest years of his career, Hayden Paddon is taking on the world again. In a garage in Cromwell he’s building the world’s first electric rally car.

Read on.

Business
Jun 6, 2020

Who is Brad Olsen, boy wonder and economist extraordinaire?

There's a baby-faced economist dominating our business news. Who is he and how did get there?

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Business
May 24, 2020

A silence has fallen over Queenstown, but the town’s remarkable spirit remains

What's happening on the ground in the former capital of New Zealand tourism?

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Business
May 13, 2020

The tourism crisis as seen from Clyde, the tiny town in the Central Otago mountains

How will a tiny historic town in Central Otago survive the tourism slump?

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