2024 02 09 Wellington Destrict Plan Episode Website

Podcast: The Independent Hearing Panel's review of Wellington's District Plan

This week, Eric talks to Marko Garlick and Eleanor West, formerly of Generation Zero and now co-ordinating City for People, about the Independent Hearing Panel's process and review of Wellington’s District Plan. They also discuss the research on housing affordability and zoning, and how Houston has avoided letting local objections block wider development. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Marko Garlick & Eleanor West
9 February, 2024
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Priced out: Why New Zealand will not join AUKUS

Despite initial hopes that New Zealand would align itself with the trilateral strategic partnership between the US, the UK and Australia (AUKUS), New Zealand recently shut down any suggestion that this was a possibility. Whilst this may come as a surprise to New Zealand’s traditional allies, the reason for this is simple: New Zealand is too dependent on Chinese trade to risk jeopardising its relationship with the world’s 2nd largest economy. Read more

NAVY League Essay Competition
9 February, 2024
2024 02 06 Antarctic research Episode Website

Podcast: Antarctic research

In this episode, Oliver had a unique discussion with marine scientist Dr Regina Eisert via Starlink en route from Antarctica to NZ. They talk about Regina's experience in Antarctica as well as biological and research links between NZ and Antarctica, NZ research funding and who gets to go to Scott Base, NZ's Antarctic research station. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Dr Regina Eisert
7 February, 2024
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Europe’s impossible nuclear option

In a previous column I discussed the precarious state of European security in light of the rising threat of Russia and the potential decline of US involvement (Europe’s precarious security could invite Putin to expand war, 26 January 2024). Today, I will analyse a potential way for Europe to organise its own security: the development of a European nuclear shield. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Newsroom
7 February, 2024

Local elections

For those of you who aren’t residents of Wellington’s coffee-infused bubble, you may not be aware that we’re on the brink of yet another local election. Political nerds around the world have rejoiced at the prospect of the Lambton General Ward by-election – a name as enticing as it is short. Read more

Insights Newsletter
2 February, 2024
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A campaign for Wellington, and beyond

If a council’s zoning plans are wrong, it is hard for anything else to be right. If building enough housing in places where people want to live is forbidden, housing will be scarce, rents and house prices will be too high, and every other ‘wellbeing’ that councils try to deliver will suffer. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
2 February, 2024

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