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Supply and demand denialism on the right

Normally, it's the left that makes a hash of basic supply-and-demand thinking - at least in New Zealand. That wasn't the case in last week's Wellington Council debates on the proposed spatial plan. Councilors broadly of the left voted in favour of reducing or eliminating heritage restrictions on development, and in favour of allowing building to greater heights downtown. Councilors broadly of the right voted against all of those, but did support allowing new subdivisions - unfortunately,...

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Old Laws

Tyrone Barugh is having a bit of fun with an old regulation still on Wellington Council's books. A century ago, Wellington required that suppliers of milk have a council licence. The Wellington Milk Supply Act was never repealed. And Barugh wants to be the only permitted supplier, though he's a lawyer and presumably doesn't have any cows.Now Barugh is taking his case before the High Court.The act was a forerunner to more modern health and safety legislation brought in to control the...

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The Heart of Let’s Get Wellington Moving

After a couple of decades of Wellington transport issues not really being dealt with, you might think that transport would be at the heart of the newest iteration of the thing, Let's Get Wellington Moving.You'd have to not really know Wellington to expect that though. They had another big long meeting on it, and they could only agree on one thing, according to Councilor Diane Calvert.City councillor Diane Calvert​ spent about three hours at the meeting.She said a “mixture of opinions” were...

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Afternoon roundup

The browser tabs, there are so many.I'm quoted in the Dom on the 1 April minimum wage increases. I hadn't gone through MBIE's advice before. MBIE's review has a decent summary of the literature, provides the necessary warnings about substantial real minimum wage increases in the current environment. Alas. The analyst would had to have known that the advice would be ignored, but be darned if the advice wasn't going to be provided anyway.If iPredict still existed, what would be the fair price...

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Afternoon Roundup

Egads the browser tabs. Enough! I haven't shut down the computer in a week in hopes of giving each of these its proper due; time to give up and move on. The worthies that each deserved a proper post:Ending the pandemic is worth between 5-15% of total wealth. For one potential sense of the gains in NZ's having ended the pandemic, here. Trump likes to hate on immigrants. Unfortunately, there's a lot of it in NZ as well, except the ideological positioning of it flips. In the US, everyone...

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Morning Roundup

The closing of a big set of browser tabs brings a few gems.Rohan Pearce at Computerworld notes a warning from the Law Council of Australia that Oz's encryption law breaks a few international privacy standards, and could then come into conflict with GDPR.  Jacob Sullum at Reason goes through some shonky anti-vaping research that claims vaping causes heart attacks, but that ignores that the heart attacks happened before the smokers switched to vaping. Shoeshine over at the NBR warns that woke...

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YIMBY – local bottle shop edition

The local Khandallah DVD shop finally closed down. We'd rented DVDs there roughly once a month - there's a lot of older stuff that just doesn't stream in New Zealand.* So, it looks like we'll have to drive out to Aro Video a bit more often for those things.In its place, a bottle shop has applied for permission to open. The Council website provides a lot of ways for people to lodge objections but doesn't make any provision for those, like me, who'd like to say Yes In My Back Yard.So I've...

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A Wellington City Deal?

Newsroom's Shane Cowlishaw reported yesterday that Wellington City has been talking with central government about either a variant on the Manchester city accord, or a Special Economic Zone. What would be in the deal isn't known - the OIA did not provide many details. It noted that Wellington would like a city deal following the UK examples, or a Special Economic Zone to allow different regulatory settings for Wellington, and a revenue-sharing mechanism for the upside gains of any such...

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