The way out of New Zealand’s housing crisis

New Zealand is amidst a grave housing crisis just now. It was predictable. The National government that came to power in 2008 also initiated one of the largest immigration booms since the 1870s. But they didn’t alter neo-liberal era planning laws relating to land use – meaning new housing districts weren’t developed. And what was … More The way out of New Zealand’s housing crisis

The obscure word of the week is goods

This week’s obscure English word is goods. But – but, you say, that’s not obscure. Actually, it is. Let me explain. In economics, ‘goods’ refers to something real that’s tradable or exchangeable. Back when I was editing and publishing economic papers and journals, I always kept correcting economists who referred to ‘a good’, when trying … More The obscure word of the week is goods

When the title doesn’t match the content – a cautionary writing tale

Over the years I’ve signed an awful lot of publishing contracts. And every one of them has had a clause which reads much the same way. The publisher has full control not just of the appearance of the book but also its title. It’s done for good reason. An author might well call their book … More When the title doesn’t match the content – a cautionary writing tale