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Full Coverage: 2025 Taskforce Report

Smellie Sniffs The Breeze: The Trouble With Lists

The 2025 taskforce might have created an opportunity to break through to a new willingness to examine policy options, old and new, with fresh eyes. Instead, it was set up to fail... Which is tragic, because much of what the taskforce recommends is still pretty much what needs to happen. More>>

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell Looks Back At 2025

Don Brash and his 2025 Task Force have been given the job of enabling the New Zealand economy to catch up with Australia in 15 years or so – which is only fair, since it was the policy mix during Brash’s reign at the Reserve Bank in the 1990s that helped turn New Zealand into a low wage country rapidly sliding towards Third World status. More>>


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Keith Rankin: 2025 And All That: The 2009 Brash Report

The task set for 2025 taskforce (chaired by Don Brash) - to identify ways in which New Zealand's annual economic growth might average at least 4.5% per capita for 15 years - must be understood for what it is: an exercise in politics, not economics. More>>


2025 Taskforce: 35 Recommendations To Bridge Income Gap With La-La Land

The 2025 Taskforce has made a total of 35 recommendations to the Government which it says would bridge the income gap with Australia by 2025 – an income gap currently sitting at around $64,000 a year for a family of four.

As well as the recommendations to sharpen regulations and reduce government spending and tax, the Taskforce has made recommendations on everything from early childhood education to mining. More>>



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