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8% (31 votes)
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7% (26 votes)
Health
5% (18 votes)
Total voters: 382

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Opinions

Bernard's Top 10 at 10

Britain is now 'Landlord Nation' (NZ too?); Piketty compared to Marx and Smith; 'Abandon the defunct economists' models'; 'Build it and they will come'; Jon Stewart; Game of thrones; Dilbert

When the 'kiwi dream' seems out of reach

Elizabeth Davies asks older generations not to laugh when Generation Y jumps to try and reach the moon they were promised

Accord strikes discordant note

David Hargreaves says the new Christchurch Housing Accord appears ineffectual and possibly sets a bad example for future such agreements

Why Forbes' bubble warning was over-blown

Updated
Bernard Hickey gives 6 reasons why Jesse Colombo's warning about a disastrous bursting of New Zealand's housing bubble is over-blown

RBNZ has chance to adjust the message

Roger J Kerr advises the RBNZ to select their words much more carefully this time than they did in March as the currency needs to follow dairy prices down

Hunting for Easter trading law justifications

Do Easter commercial restrictions still make sense? Benje Patterson reviews the pros and cons today as opposed to when the law was originally set up

Monday's Top 10 at 10

Out of ammo; bad soils; don't worry; Krugman says we can grow; a big investment distortion; the new wonder material; rent; George Best; SOI; Clarke & Dawe; Dilbert, and more

How to kill two housing birds with one big stone of capital from China

Bernard Hickey argues any trickle of housing investment from China should be turned into a flood that builds thousands of affordable homes in central Auckland

Bernard's Top 10 at 10

How money really works; Will the world's new middle classes drop back into poverty?; Charting the pigs in the python; Tony Alexander and the carry trade; Jon Stewart; Dilbert

The house price conundrum

David Hargreaves asks: Is house price growth accelerating or slowing? And how on earth are we supposed to be able to tell?