Between Politics

After leaving Parliament in 2007, Don returned to business, assuming directorships at a number of New Zealand companies - over time these included ANZ National Bank and Transpower.  He was appointed an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law and Management at La Trobe University in Melbourne for a period of three years the same year, and an Adjunct Professor of Banking in the Business School at AUT University in Auckland in 2008. Following Don's re-entry to politics as ACT Party Leader in 2011, he resigned most of his other activities in order to focus on politics, although he remains a Trustee of the Plunket Foundation.

2025 Taskforce logo

As part of the Confidence and Supply agreement between the National and ACT parties reached immediately after the 2008 election, the John Key-led Government committed to closing the income gap with Australia by 2025 and to establishing an advisory group both to report annually on progress towards achieving that goal and to make recommendations about how best to achieve it. As a result, the 2025 Taskforce was set up by Government in July 2009, which Don was appointed to chair. The New Zealand Government wound up the 2025 Taskforce in May 2011, following Don's re-entry to politics as ACT Party Leader.

The Taskforce was tasked with investigating the reasons for the recent decline in New Zealand’s productivity performance, to identify superior institutions and policies in Australia and other more successful countries, and to make recommendations on the steps needed for New Zealand to achieve Australian living standards by 2025. The Taskforce's first report, Answering the $64,000 Question: Closing the Income Gap with Australia by 2025, released on 30 November 2009 can also be downloaded by following this link. The Taskforce's second report, Focusing on Growth, was released on 3 November 2010 and can be downloaded by following this link. More information about the Taskforce can be found on the Treasury website.


This page lists some of Don's major speeches and articles (including his activity as Chair of the 2025 Taskforce) between leaving Parliament in 2007 and re-entering politics as ACT Party Leader.

An Interview with Milton Friedman

Library of Economics and Liberty. 1 August 2011

Milton Friedman discusses Don Brash's contribution to lowering inflation worldwide

Video: Don interviewed on 13 April 2011

21 April 2011

Don interviewed on 13 April 2011 by Lindsay Perigo on his performance as Leader of the National Party and his possible involvement in a new political party, for Stratos TV, broadcast on 21 April 2011.

An Address to the Act Party Conference 2011

12 March 2011

Speech to the Auckland Rotary Club

7 February 2011

Speech to the Auckland Rotary Club on 7 February 2011

Return to Orewa

27 November 2010

An address to the Orewa branch of the New Zealand National Party

Challenges and opportunities facing business in Asia

8 October 2010

Keynote speech given at the opening of the Asian Business and Management Conference in Osaka, Japan, sponsored by the International Academic Forum

Monetary and fiscal policy: How an agreed inflation target affects fiscal policy

27 September 2010

Notes for discussion at the Australian Conference of Economists on 27 September 2010

Challenges for New Zealand's Future Pension System

21 July 2010

Can the New Zealand Superannuation scheme survive the ageing of New Zealand's population, and if not, what should be done about it? A speech given to the Asset Allocation Summit at the Hilton Hotel in Auckland

Banking Regulation after the Global Financial Crisis

19 February 2010

Notes for a talk at the Alamos Alliance, Mexico

The stark choices confronting New Zealand

First published in the Dominion Post. 5 February 2010

Two months ago, the 2025 Task Force published its first report on how New Zealand could match Australia's living standards by 2025. It evoked a wide variety of reactions.

Is New Zealand really doomed by distance?

11 December 2009

A reply to Brian Fallow in the "New Zealand Herald" of 10 December 2009, who argued that in the new global economy New Zealand suffers from some huge disadvantages

Garth George: You're wrong

First published in the New Zealand Herald. 7 December 2009

Don responds to Herald columnist Garth George's criticisms of the 2025 report on how NZ can catch up with Australia

2025 advice best shot at bridging gap

First published in the New Zealand Herald. 2 December 2009

Report of the 2025 Taskforce: Answering the $64,000 Question: Closing the Income Gap with Australia by 2025

30 November 2009

The Taskforce's first report is available for download

Tackling the Crisis

8 August 2009

Comments on the global financial crisis at Consilium, hosted by the Centre for Independent Studies in Coolum, Queensland

Why bother with public life?

6 August 2009

Speech given at the opening dinner of Consilium, hosted by the Centre for Independent Studies, in Coolum, Queensland

New Zealand's economic outlook: Can we ever catch Australia?

30 July 2009

Speech at AUT University delivered soon after Don's appointment to chair the 2025 Taskforce

Is the present crisis really the result of insufficient banking regulation?

29 April 2009

Speech to a luncheon hosted by the Institute of Economic Affairs in London

New Zealand: Confronting the Perfect Storm

2 February 2009

Speech to the Auckland Rotary Club on the economic challenges facing New Zealand

Reply to Bryan Gould's book "Rescuing the New Zealand Economy"

22 January 2009

Letter to a friend who felt almost persuaded by Bryan Gould's arguments criticising economic orthodoxy

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