New Zealand must close its borders and keep Covid out

                 Auckland hotels are still being used as quarantine facilities (Getty Images)   The global Covid-19 pandemic is intensifying, with more infectious variants of the virus, and more rapid spread, especially in countries such as the US and UK. This deterioration has meant a higher number of infected returnees arriving at New Zealand’s MIQ facilities…

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Government funds are not taxpayers’ money says academic

New Zealand Currency (Adobe Image)   Rhetoric plays an important role in tax debate and therefore tax policy. If your side manages to gain traction in the public imagination with labels such as “death tax“ or “dementia tax,“ you have gone a long way to normalising the labels and winning support. Some truth underpins these particular labels — an estate…

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Covid-19 claims two million deaths and continues to rage

The pandemic is claiming a life every eight seconds Reuters & RNZ Wellington, January 17, 2021 The worldwide coronavirus death toll has surpassed two million, according to a Reuters tally, as nations around the world are trying to procure multiple vaccines and detect new Covid-19 variants. Accelerating fatalities It took nine months for the world to record the first one…

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