The week that was for the week's end with Max Rashbrooke

In this week's 'hoon' around Aotearoa-NZ's political economy, Max Rashbrooke and I debate the sustainability of the elimination strategy and whether the lockdown's opportunities will be wasted again

  
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TLDL: In this week's 'hoon' around the political economy, Max Rashbrooke and debate the sustainability of the Covid1-19 elimination strategy given the infectiousness of delta and our creaking tracking, tracing, testing and ICU systems, and whether the lockdown's opportunities for reform will be wasted again.

Max wrote this great piece published in The Guardian on Tuesday: ‘Why we’re happy hobbits in Jacinda’s ‘mysterious socialist hermit kingdom,’ and this piece published in the Dominion Post and Stuff: ‘We put too much faith in big events to usher in real change.

I wrote these pieces this week hereTime to eliminate elimination?’ and hereWhy elimination will have to end before most voters want it to’ on the elimination strategy, available for all subscribers to The Kākā.

From September 21, the pieces below that were published Monday to Friday will only be for paying subscribers, while these weekend ‘wrap-ups’ will be for free subscribers. I’ll be providing a special inaugural offer for all those on the currently free list. The regular cost will be $19/month or $190/year per subscriber. There will be group and corporate offers too. Watch this space and keep opening the The Kākā emails until Sept 21 to find the coupon to get that offer.


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Time to eliminate elimination?
Listen now (19 min) | TLDR & TLDL: In this morning’s Dawn Chorus, I take a closer look at suggestions from Chris Hipkins and others close to the Government in the last day or so that New Zealand may not be able to hold on to its elimination strategy in the longer run, and maybe not for much longer…
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Why elimination will have to end before most voters want it to
Listen now (23 min) | TLDR & TLDL: The blowback via Twitter at least to my question yesterday about when and how to eliminate the elimination strategy was a little more intense than I expected. Understandably, Aotearoa-NZ is deeply invested in elimination as the way to beat both the health and economic effects of Covid-19, but when the facts change, so should our views…
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I also had a closer look at this week’s quite hawkish views of the Reserve Bank’s Assistant Governor Christian Hawkesby on Tuesday, along with a deep dive into the super-profits alleged in the electricity generation and retailing industry on Wednesday.

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Dawn Chorus: RBNZ set on rate hikes
Listen now (17 min) | TLDR & TLDL: The Reserve Bank may have held the OCR last week on the first day of lockdown, but it seems increasingly determined to hike rates quite quickly through the rest of the year, regardless of whether we’re still in lockdown. The first one could be as early as…
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NZ Inc calls out gentailer's $3.5b 'super-profit'
Listen now (48 min) | TLDL & TLDR: The biggest electricity buyers in New Zealand have had enough of a doubling of wholesale electricity prices over the last three years. This week they accused the biggest hydro-power producer of making super-profits. They’re right, and the market should be reformed, but won’t be because the Government has other fish frying and median voters ……
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On Monday I reported on MBIE’s decision to stop offering new MIQ slots beyond its emergency quota for a ‘few days’. That suspension remains in place.

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Dawn Chorus: MIQ stops taking bookings
Listen now (11 min) | TLDR & TLDL: The pressure on our borders is intensifying as we extend the level four lockdowns until at least Friday night nationwide and at least next Tuesday night in Auckland. MBIE announced last night it was ‘temporarily pausing’ the release of new MIQ rooms…
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Elsewhere, I produced this podcast for The Spinoff on last year’s wage subsidy scandal.

Have a great weekend.

Ka kite ano.

Bernard