The Kākā by Bernard Hickey
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The Hoon around the week to June 14

The Hoon around the week to June 14

Featuring the Hoon podcast hosted by Bernard Hickey & Peter Bale, with Cathrine Dyer on climate news and Robert Patman on geo-politics, plus special guest Paul Taylor on Macron's mess
Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The Kākā

TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts

and talking with:

  • The Kākā’s climate correspondent

    about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and gas drilling;

  • about the visit by China’s Premier Li Qiang to Wellington yesterday this week, what it means for Aotearoa-NZ’s relations with our largest trading partner, and whether we can (or should) join AUKUS II; and,

  • Politico Europe contributing editor and columnist Paul Taylor about the swing to the right in European Union elections this week and French President Emmanuel Macron’s surprise decision to call Parliamentary elections after his party lost badly in those elections.

The Hoon’s podcast version above was recorded last night during a live webinar produced by Simon Josey.

(This is a sampler for all free subscribers. Thanks to the support of paying subscribers here, I’m able to spread my public interest journalism here about housing affordability, climate change and poverty reduction other public venues. Join the community supporting and contributing to this work with your ideas, feedback and comments, and by subscribing.)

Other things we did elsewhere

We produced an episode of When The Facts Change via The Spinoff, including this interview recorded on May 27 with Reserve Bank Chief Economist Paul Conway in the immediate aftermath of a surprisingly hawkish monetary policy statement, and just before the Budget.

We talked about where the inflation is coming from, why interest rates are staying high for longer than anyone expected, and whether the blunt instrument of the Official Cash Rate can affect this extra sticky inflation.


We also produce the 5 in 5 with ANZ daily podcast and Substack for ANZ Institutional in Australia, free to all via Spotify. Apple and YouTube

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The Kākā by Bernard Hickey
The Hoon
Bernard Hickey's discussions with Peter Bale and guests about the political economy in Aotearoa-NZ and in geo-politics, including issues around housing affordability, climate change inaction and child poverty reduction.