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Jim Anderton: A progressive politician
There have been many eulogies and tributes paid to Jim Anderton since he died in Christchurch just two weeks short of his 80th birthday. While the Policy Observatory traditionally focuses on policy structures and systems rather than personalities Anderton was clearly a politician who stood out because of his principled and courageous approach, and his read more
Ann Pettifor’s 2018 visit to New Zealand
Join Ann Pettifor, UK economist, for a seminar on the role of money and debt in housing (un)affordability. Auckland's property market is financialised, and is a globalised market. As such, is its management beyond the reach of national or local politicians and policy-makers? This lecture is open to the public. For more information about Ann read more