Pattrick Smellie

Pattrick Smellie is co-founder of BusinessDesk.

Business
Mar 22, 2021

The first glimpses of life after Covid-19 are appearing. Now what?

In a vaccinated world, NZ's Covid-19 elimination strategy will no longer be a source of national strength or economic advantage.

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Business
Feb 2, 2021

The risky PR play of Eric Watson and Chris Liddell

People with high profiles and big problems have long tried to woo the media. Often it doesn't go quite as planned – for either party.

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Business
Jan 19, 2021

Five ways NZ can meet 2021's big Covid challenges (and there's going to be a lot)

With new strains of Covid-19 bearing down on our shores, Pattrick Smellie of BusinessDesk looks at the challenges 2021 has in store, and what can be done to prepare.

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Politics
Jan 12, 2021

The next six months are make or break for Labour

The government must hit the ground running.

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Business
Dec 22, 2020

NZ needs to step up its care in the Pacific – before other countries do

New Zealand cannot afford to be seen to be silent in the Pacific simply to keep selling milk powder to China.

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Politics
Oct 6, 2020

The RMA is set for the scrapheap. Will the Greens get a say in its replacement?

The Greens' statement on RMA reform is the first clear, leadership-endorsed sign of what it will and won't support in a second Labour-Green government, writes Pattrick Smellie for BusinessDesk.

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Politics
Sep 28, 2020

Are Labour voters turning Green?

Despite recent hiccups, the Green Party still appears to be gaining votes. However, these may be coming from the Labour faithful.

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Politics
Aug 31, 2020

It’s going to be a long seven weeks to the election in grumpy, suspicious NZ

How will the government's mistakes over the last few weeks affect the pre-election climate?

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Society
Aug 28, 2020

Grant Dalton ‘vindicated’? Yeah, right

Despite an audit of two companies he runs finding no evidence of financial wrongdoing, Grant Dalton emerges from the matter far from spotless.

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Politics
Aug 10, 2020

The problem with the ‘endless summer’ theory of government debt

It's become fashionable among some political circles to advocate for a laissez-faire approach to debt. But there's one big drawback to 'just print more money' argument.

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Business
Jul 29, 2020

Rip up the RMA and start again, says major working group review

What do the proposed changes to the resource management act involve?

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Politics
Jul 16, 2020

Voluntary app ‘almost certain to achieve nothing’, CovidCard backers told PM

The group behind a Bluetooth-enabled, credit card-sized alternative to the government's Covid Tracer warned Ardern a month ago that a voluntary app was doomed to fail.

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Politics
Jul 13, 2020

Only two things can rescue Todd Muller and the National Party now

National is facing the very real prospect of a crushing defeat, and there's only so much they can control.

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Media
Jun 29, 2020

Bauer vacuum: three months on, what will happen to these famous NZ magazines?

Either they are very difficult to sell, or they are worth very little, or Bauer simply doesn't care what it gets for them.

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