Blog posts about this, that, and the other – stuff that doesn’t fit under any other category (who knows what you might find)…
It’s not often someone calls to make a complaint, but it’s been happening a lot over the past few months. It turns out my phone number is similar to supermarket chain New World Hobsonville. From the conversations I’ve had with […]
When Jacinda Ardern was elected as prime minister the first time, she stood in parliament and told us her government would be open and transparent. It isn’t. In fact, obtaining information from government appears to be harder today than under […]
The person who came up with the idea of making a Hollywood movie about the aftermath of the Christchurch mosques shootings in 2019 should look a little further back in time for a far more interesting story of money, politics, […]
It’s a common misconception that banks use their savers’ money when making loans to people such as you and I to buy something we don’t have the cash for.
In reality, the money we borrow is created by the banks out of thin air at the time it is borrowed.
These are strange times for many of us. A virus has led to many people having to self-isolate, to remain indoors and not go to work. Putting to one side the financial worries and all the stresses that this situation […]
This week’s interest cut by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) is a clear indication that all is not well in the local and global economy. The RBNZ’s cut of half of one percent is a massive drop. Historically, […]
What did we lose when the development of electric cars was abandoned 100 years ago? Possibly a century of research, development and innovation that would have likely led to every household having more electricity than they could use today. A […]
I gave up editing video a few years ago – but I am now back thanks to a software package that has not only reignited one of my semi-pro hobbies but is challenging the main providers of this type of […]
It was 1982 and my new car was a million miles away from the one it replaced. Chalk and cheese you might say. A sports car, metallic blue, two doors, 1.9ltr engine and it stuck to the road like glue at […]
Don Richards heads up Positive Money in Wellington. The Positive Money campaign began in the UK post GFC and campaigns to take money creation away from banks and place it with the Reserve Bank. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand creates […]
There is little doubt we as a country, and the global economy, is in a spiral of debt. The New Zealand government’s national debt is just below acceptable levels [the rating agencies are watching], and household debt – our mortgages, […]