Deep reads on China’s super cows, spongy cities, Siya Kolisi, Simon Upton’s plea to Megan Woods and the US$’s dominance; Substacks of the week; Podcasts…
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The week that was to Feb 4Listen now (62 min) | Including the weekly Hoon podcast, featuring co-hosts Bernard Hickey and Peter Bale with special guests Auckland Central MP Chloe…
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With co-hosts Bernard Hickey and Peter Bale talking with special guests Chloe Swarbrick and Auckland City Councillor Julie Fairey about Auckland's…
Jump on for an Ask Me Anything chat on The Kaka about the week’s news, including Auckland’s floods; Labour’s $2.1b extension of fuel tax cuts; Hipkins…
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The stagnant debates in our hermit kingdom of a political economyListen now (21 min) | NZ's 'Bread & butter' economics of 'the rising tide lifts all boats' harks back to the stale debates of the 1990s & 2000s, before…
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Inside Wayne Brown’s head on Monday night; The problem with building on flood plains; A climate endgame scenario; Academic paper of the day; Spookies…
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Dawn Chorus: Classic middle class welfare to win 'Ford Ranger Man'Listen now (25 min) | $2b worth of fuel tax cuts labelled "extremely dumb" policy that benefits the richest most, rather than helping those most in…
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Govt extends fuel levy tax cuts again; Soft-ish jobs data pushing expected OCR hike down on the eve of lower Fed hike; Spookies and profundities; The…
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Isn't this the rainy day we're supposed to be saving up for?Listen now (14 min) | There is a problem with pursuing a fiscally-neutral approach to climate change spending and investment when the rainy 'day' is…
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January 2023

Dusk Chorus: Mahuta and Little demotedListen now (10 min) | Hipkins gives Local Government to McAnulty and Health to Verrall after demoting Mahuta and Little; Woods gets Infrastructure and…
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Brown moans to 'Grumpy Old Men' tennis mates about having to cancel tennis game to deal with media on Friday's flood day; EU rolls up its sleeves to…
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Dawn Chorus: Why 2023 will be a year of indecision & delayListen now (28 min) | Ministerial reshuffle, 'low target' policy platforms, close election and still-broken financial relations with councils set to…
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