The Kākā by Bernard Hickey

Bernard Hickey
Understanding Aotearoa/New Zealand's political economy together
Created 25 Sep 2020
  • 14 more Super Saturdays to go? Or none?
    17 Oct 2021about 2 hours ago • < 1 min read • 9 11
    TLDR & TLDL: Aotearoa-NZ now faces an awful decision, similar to the one our leaders collectively had to make in the third week of March next year. Should we forge ahead and reopen before Christmas, b...
  • The week that was for the week’s end
    16 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 3 6
    TLDR & TLDL: This week the Government gave up any remaining hope of ‘stamping out’ Auckland’s Covid outbreaks and is now racing to vaccinate the most hesitant and hard to reach parts of the population...
  • Join us for The Kākā's weekly 'hoon' at 4pm
    15 Oct 2021 10 16
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  • Our Covid crisis' awful inflection point
    14 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 36
    TLDR & TLDL: This is the week Aotearoa-NZ’s Covid crisis hit an inflection point, and not in a good way. This has been the week that all hope the delta variant can be eliminated in New Zealand ended. ...
  • Lunch Chorus: Climate 'plan' ridiculed
    14 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 15 15
    TLDR & TLDL: Climate Minister James Shaw is about to jump on a plane to fly to the Glasgow climate conference without a plan to reduce climate emissions in line with the Zero Carbon Act, let alone a s...
  • Dawn Chorus: Govt biggest winner from housing boom
    12 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 9 43
    TLDL & TLDR: It seems everyone except renters and aspiring home owners are winners from the housing boom, even the Government, which in theory is supposed to be making housing more affordable. The big...
  • Dawn Chorus: The PM's frustrating quest for optionality
    11 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 9 28
    TLDR & TLDL: PM Jacinda Ardern is continuing to shy away from setting a tangible vaccination threshold for reopening in Auckland and the rest of the country, which is frustrating many now shorn of eli...
  • Weekly Hoon: News Zealand over the horizon with Peter Bale and me
    11 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 7
    TLDR & TLDL: I had a ‘hoon’ with Peter Bale on Friday evening around the week’s events in geo-politics and our political economy. Unfortunately, we had some technical problems with the sound on our Fr...
  • Vaccination mandates for health and education
    11 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 52 57
    TLDR: The Government has decided to make vaccination mandatory for workers in education and healthcare, including privately provided services such as aged care and residential care. Auckland will rema...
  • Dawn Chorus: Circuit breaker lockdown?
    10 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 11 27
    TLDR & TLDL: The weekend spike in Covid cases to a six-week high of 60 and the spread of cases over the weekend to Whangārei and Katikati has sparked calls from modeller Shaun Hendy for a ‘circuit-bre...
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