Opinion

Opinion and analysis from Pattrick Smellie, Peter Griffin, David Chaplin and Cameron Bagrie and a top-level group of New Zealand experts, including the BusinessDesk editorial team.
OPINION: Climate posturing wins over genuine action
Policy Free

Gavin Evans: OPINION: Climate posturing wins over genuine action

Greenpeace’s occupation of the Skandi Atlantic this week is a discouraging reminder that after 20 years of debate on climate change, highly stage-managed climate posturing counts for more than action to actually reduce emissions.That members of our elected government still take a...

Gavin Evans 28 Nov 2019
OPINION: Google, George Orwell, and me
Services Free

Pattrick Smellie: OPINION: Google, George Orwell, and me

If you want to feel powerless, try asking Google to explain why your 12 year-old business news service has been rejected as a verified news source by the faceless team of “dedicated experts” at Google News.Since early 2008, BusinessDesk has been publishing somewhere between seven...

Pattrick Smellie 26 Nov 2019
OPINION: Media merger phoenix has another crack at rising
Law & Regulation Free

Pattrick Smellie: OPINION: Media merger phoenix has another crack at rising

Having failed with the competition regulator, and then in the courts, the NZME/Stuff merger of news publishers is being revived with a scheme that would effectively make politicians responsible for deciding which bits of legacy media are allowed to close.In a statement to the NZX...

Pattrick Smellie 19 Nov 2019
OPINION: NZOG stoush enters round two
Infrastructure

Gavin Evans: OPINION: NZOG stoush enters round two

Ofer Global looks set for another tussle with fellow shareholders in New Zealand Oil & Gas as bigger stakeholders position for a board change at next month’s general meeting.Shareholders Brian Roulston and Samantha Sharif, both of whom spoke at yesterday’s special meeting, are vy...

Gavin Evans 15 Nov 2019