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Fiscal Policies Database. IMF Fiscal Affairs DepartmentJanuary 2021.

Fiscal Policies Database

If border restrictions increase to combat new Covid-19 strains, what rights do returning New Zealanders have? By Kris Gledhill of As we know, getting into New Zealand during the Covid-19 pandemic is difficult.

If border restrictions increase to combat new Covid-19 strains, what rights do returning New Zealanders have?

There are practicalities, such as high airfare and managed isolation costs. And there are legal requirements, including pre-flight testing, mandatory quarantine and visa restrictions. Auckland Airport's international arrival terminal. Nzs economic future. The Future of Food The Primary Sector. Protecting and Promoting Mental Wellbeing. The Environment is Now. NZs place in the world the implications of COVID 19. Social Cohesion in a Post Covid World. Koi Tū The Future is Now. The Green party won in Auckland by reaching beyond its own bubble. I was making toast in my tiny apartment kitchen four weeks ahead of election day.

The Green party won in Auckland by reaching beyond its own bubble

Not that I really had track of the days. They had melded into one ever-extending runway as Auckland went through its second Covid-19 lockdown and New Zealand’s election date was pushed back a month. We were a few months into an insurgent campaign for an electorate seat at the centre of the country’s largest city. We’d built a team of hundreds of people – particularly young people, some so young they couldn’t even vote yet – who, despite their claims to the contrary, were all doing a lot more than the least they could do. They were about to make history. Building support for transformational policies crucial to Labour's vision - Jessica Berentson-Shaw. By Jessica Berentson-Shaw* Opinion - To achieve their bold vision this Labour government is going to have to campaign for it.

Building support for transformational policies crucial to Labour's vision - Jessica Berentson-Shaw

Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas Before the October election, Jacinda Ardern laid out her vision for the New Zealand we could have by 2030 if people voted for Labour. It was hopeful and compelling to many New Zealanders. Labour's own experts say that to achieve this vision, they need to lead some major policy shifts. On election night Labour won a huge mandate. Such a strategy - one that doesn't scare the horses - puts Labour in a bind. Why an elected Labour government needs to campaign for transformation There are two significant reasons elected politicians, even those with large majorities, need to constantly build support for transformational policies as opposed to just waiting for the public to come around to the idea that change is needed.

PwC Rebuild NZ 2020 report. New Zealand must cast off its worries about government debt in its Covid recovery. New Zealand’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been rightly praised.

New Zealand must cast off its worries about government debt in its Covid recovery

Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said New Zealand was “working … to build the kind of economy that should mark the post-pandemic world”. The finance minister, Grant Robertson, acknowledged the opportunity to showcase a new approach in a bold speech in May in which he said: “There are few times in life when the clock is reset. Now is the time we should address … long-term issues. The bumper Toby Morris & Siouxsie Wiles Covid-19 box set. All the illustrations and animations in one place.

The bumper Toby Morris & Siouxsie Wiles Covid-19 box set

The animations and illustrations created by Toby Morris in collaboration with Siouxsie Wiles and published by The Spinoff have been shared in their hundreds of millions over the last couple of months. For ease of reference we’ve put them all together in one post. You can also read Toby’s extraordinary Side Eye comics, Essential and Viruses vs Everyone. You can read all of Siouxsie’s brilliant explainers, analysis and commentary here. For a collection of the teo reo Māori translated versions, see here. MNZ A3 Futures Thinking summary (MASTER) -19: New Zealand cases mapped and charted, August 12. One bright spot amid the grimness of the Covid resurgence: the return of our series of charts, graphics and data visualisations of the pandemic by Chris McDowall.

-19: New Zealand cases mapped and charted, August 12

Over one hundred days, Covid-19 slowly slipped from my attention. I was aware of new cases reaching Aotearoa’s border, managed isolation breaches, relapses in Australia and growing concern that few people were using contact tracing apps, but it felt like we had the virus under control. Shortly after 9pm last night, four positive tests of unknown origin turned my complacency upside-down. Wishing for a thing does not make it so. Last night prime minister Jacinda Ardern and deputy general of health Ashley Bloomfield announced that four people in one family in South Auckland had tested positive for Covid-19, with no known connection to overseas travel or mandatory isolation facilities. JHU Covid Update - August 10, 2020. Supply Chain Resilience Report Final. How Does COVID-19 Affect Trust in Government? How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected people’s trust in government and their leaders?

How Does COVID-19 Affect Trust in Government?

In one country, according to a new study, decisive action increased people’s sense of unity, patriotism, and confidence in their government. Researchers based at the University of Auckland had been gathering information for 11 years on the social, psychological, and physical health of 60,000 New Zealanders as part of a study called “The New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study (NZAVS).” When the viral outbreak occurred, they had a ready way to compare pre- and post-lockdown social attitudes.

About 18 days after lockdown orders took effect, the researchers surveyed 1,000 or so NZAVS participants about how they were doing and their levels of trust in their government, in science, and in the police. Jacinda Ardern's Leadership Against the Coronavirus. Ardern’s style would be interesting—a world leader in comfy clothes just casually chatting with millions of people!

Jacinda Ardern's Leadership Against the Coronavirus

—and nothing more, if it wasn’t for the fact that her approach has been paired with policies that have produced real, world-leading results. Since March, New Zealand has been unique in staking out a national goal of not just flattening the curve of coronavirus cases, as most other countries have aimed to do, but eliminating the virus altogether. And it is on track to do it. How New Zealand's media endangered public health. New Zealand's health minister, David Clark, has been forced to resign and the nation's hyperactive media have claimed their latest scalp.

How New Zealand's media endangered public health

In the middle of a pandemic, no less. Unseemly as the media's months-long hit on Clark was - a classic example of trial by media - it was consistent with the borderline misconduct that has defined much of the reporting throughout the COVID-19 crisis. While the response to the pandemic threat from the national capital, Wellington, can be held aloft, for now, as a rare success story in a world of disarray, the machinations of much of the nation's media leaves much to be desired. Taken over time, New Zealand's reporters have appeared focused on managing perceptions, berating and cajoling a fearful public on numerous fronts. A case can be made that the nation's media, laundering many of the opposition's attack lines and big business talking points, have repeatedly endangered public health. Greens' Poverty Plan Welcome and Essential. Comment Labour, shackled by NZ First, has been too conservative on welfare reform.

Rod Oram says we should thank the Green Party for its bold proposals to address income support and tax. You might be one of the 1.6 million Kiwis who received a weekly wage subsidy during lockdown. Every Degree of Openness at Border Adds Risk. JULY 7, 2020 Updated 14 hours ago Dr Geoff Bertram Dr Geoff Bertram is Senior Associate of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Show more Ideasroom A call by Peter Gluckman, Helen Clark and Rob Fyfe for a 'conversation' on opening our border lacks serious economic analysis and ignores real risks to New Zealanders, writes Geoff Bertram.

New Zealand's uncertain future in a world coming apart at the seams. OPINION: Tucked away among the hundreds of mostly boring Covid-19 documents released on Friday was the bleakest thing I've ever seen a Government official write. The paper, from the usually diplomatic and boring folks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Mfat), sets out the problems facing the globe as Covid-19 continues its rampage, and how New Zealand can go back to being a part of that world. In stark language Mfat lays out the obvious. Before Covid-19 the liberal world order was not exactly doing well. Global institutions like the United Nations were failing, protectionism was rising, and the countries that usually "led" the world had abdicated that role. Then Covid-19 came along as an "epochal shock" on the scale of the Great Depression for New Zealand and World War II for some countries. As you would expect given "global leadership is absent", the fight against climate change would probably be put on hold.

Unprecedented – but our kaupapa remains unchanged. It is also why we stated that “the most valuable commodity required by all now is a clear head”. Yes, it is difficult, but only bad decisions are made when you are overwhelmed by stress and/or not thinking clearly. Just as relevant now, as it was before the crisis, is a focus on your objective(s) – what are you trying to do? Why are you in business? What is your kaupapa? That needs to remain uppermost in our minds and should guide our decisions. Without doubt, cashflow is front and centre for almost everybody. With this kaupapa in mind, all businesses should be using the full extent of all the government supports (wage and leave subsidy, business loan scheme, provisional tax adjustments - see our article on the government help available) to keep your people in jobs.

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