30 July 2021
Back to the future of public transport
Bernard Hickey goes on a journey to find out how New Zealand’s fascinating public transport history can inform our future, meeting musician, historian and public transport advocate Anthonie Tonnon at Whanganui’s historic Durie Hill underground elevator.
28 July 2021
Bonus episode: SMEs with Kiwibank’s Joanna Greaves
The Spinoff business editor Michael Andrew speaks to Joanna Greaves, head of the small and medium enterprise team at Kiwibank.
23 July 2021
How do we get a vaccination rate over 80%?
Around the world, countries are seeing Covid-19 vaccination rates plateauing at around 50-60% – and it’s hurting them badly. So how will we get our Covid-19 vaccination rates up to the 80%-90% required for herd immunity?
16 July 2021
A big money-saving solar power idea
New Zealand’s electricity market isn’t working to produce enough renewable power to get to carbon zero by 2050 – but maybe there’s a solution in solar power and batteries in everyone’s homes.
9 July 2021
An epic intergenerational wealth transfer
Bernard Hickey reveals an intergenerational wealth transfer worth $1 trillion, and how it could be atoned for and reversed – if only to ensure the culprits can enjoy watching their grandchildren grow up healthy, warm and in person.
2 July 2021
Looking for hope in our housing crisis
In last week’s episode, Bernard Hickey talked about how he had given up hope for affordable housing. This week, he talks to some people who still have hope to hear their ideas on how to solve New Zealand’s housing crisis.
30 June 2021
Bonus episode: Digital innovation with Kiwibank’s Ranjit Jayanandhan
In this month’s bonus episode, The Spinoff’s business editor Michael Andrew talks to Ranjit Jayanandhan, general manager of Kiwibank’s foundation tech experience hub.
25 June 2021
How home ownership became the impossible dream
This week we’re talking about the hopes of a generation, the costs of this housing inaction and the importance of Wellington’s Spatial Plan.
18 June 2021
Why is New Zealand’s housing stock so bad?
The Climate Change Commission report released last week made it clear that we need to start building new houses that are warmer, drier and produce less carbon. How do we do that?
10 June 2021
New Zealand’s path to carbon zero
This week, Bernard Hickey takes a deep dive into the new Climate Commission report and finds an unrealistic and inadequate prescription to get to carbon zero.
28 May 2021
Designing a social insurance scheme that works
We’ve been hearing the phrase “social insurance” a lot since the government released the 2021 budget last week. What is it, and how do we make sure it’s implemented fairly?
21 May 2021
Budget 2021: Reversing the mother of all budgets
This week’s episode is coming to you from parliament, where Bernard Hickey has been up to his elbows in the budget just released by finance minister Grant Robertson.
14 May 2021
What have we got to lose by standing up to China?
Bernard Hickey talks to Natasha Hamilton-Hart from the University of Auckland business school and Sam Roggeveen from Australia’s Lowy Institute about why we should stop worrying about trade and stand up to China on human rights abuses.
11 May 2021
Bonus episode: Sustainability with Kiwibank’s Julia Jackson
The Spinoff business editor Michael Andrew is joined by Kiwibank sustainability lead Julia Jackson to talk about the evolving concept of sustainability, its growing influence on businesses and how New Zealanders can better integrate it into their lives.
7 May 2021
The value of investing in health and happiness
How does a government work out the best way to spend money to maximise not just GDP but the long-term health and happiness of its population?
30 April 2021
What will the Reserve Bank’s decisions mean for house prices?
Bernard Hickey talks to Valocity Global CEO Carmen Vicelich and Kiwibank chief economist Jarrod Kerr about the big decisions being made by the Reserve Bank at the moment.
23 April 2021
New Zealand’s temporary migration scandal
Bernard Hickey talks to economist Julie Fry and Anu Kaloti from the Migrant Workers’ Association about how New Zealand is failing to live up to its image as a kind country when it comes to temporary migration.
16 April 2021
The real fight for climate and housing action is at council level
This week we’re talking about the political economy of housing affordability and climate change, and how the big decisions in these debates are actually being made at local government level.
15 April 2021
Bonus episode: Shannon Te Huia, Kiwibank Local Hero of the Year
In this bonus episode of When the Facts Change, The Spinoff’s business editor Michael Andrew talks with Shannon Te Huia, the 2021 Kiwibank Local Hero of the Year
9 April 2021
Global capitalism’s ‘doom loop’ and how to stop it
Bernard Hickey talks to economists Ganesh Nana and Craig Renney about global capitalism’s ‘doom loop’ and how addressing inequality and improving productivity can help stop it.