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Grexit the only viable option for Greece

Monday, 29 June 2015, 1:23 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (29 June 2015): After five years of unsuccessful attempts to “save” Greece and keep it in the Eurozone, the dramatic events of the past days show that this strategy has failed disastrously. The country’s best hope is for a fresh start ... More >>

Inequality falling despite rising headlines

Friday, 26 June 2015, 1:21 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (26 June 2015): The country needs to change its tune on inequality, according to The New Zealand Initiative, with a recently published report by Treasury showing that the gap between rich and poor has been stable or falling over the past 20 years. ... More >>

Productivity Commission report builds case for reform

Thursday, 18 June 2015, 11:11 am | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (17 June 2015): The Productivity Commission’s latest report on how overly tight land supply feeds the housing affordability crisis is a pressing reminder of why the planning system and local government funding arrangements need reform, ... More >>

OECD housing alarm must be heeded

Wednesday, 10 June 2015, 10:48 am | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (10 June 2015): The OECD’s recent report on New Zealand has highlighted the urgent need to untangle the Resource Management Act (RMA), which has snared the housing marketing in a spiral of ever-rising prices, according to The New Zealand ... More >>

$70m maths teaching methods failing kids

Thursday, 4 June 2015, 4:48 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

• Education Minister Hon Hekia Parata to speak at launch of new report on maths education More >>

Government commended for progress on social bonds

Monday, 1 June 2015, 1:21 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (1 June 2015): The Government should be commended for the introduction of a social bond in the mental health sector, as announced today by Finance Minister Bill English and Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman. It is the first of four social ... More >>

Charity rules need a helping hand

Monday, 18 May 2015, 10:12 am | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (18 May 2015): Government needs to set clearer rules, provide greater transparency and remove the tax advantage enjoyed by for-profit arms of charity groups if it wants to promote the work of the charitable sector, according to The New Zealand ... More >>

New tools needed to deliver $34b in social services

Wednesday, 13 May 2015, 9:36 am | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (13 May 2015): Ahead of next week’s budget, The New Zealand Initiative is calling on government to adopt new ways of delivering social services that increase accountability on the billions spent on these programmes. That is one of the main ... More >>

Social service reform should develop Social Impact Bonds

Wednesday, 29 April 2015, 11:11 am | The New Zealand Initiative

The New Zealand Initiative is calling the Productivity Commission’s draft report on effective social services a useful contribution to the debate on how government delivers more efficient services, as greater accountability is needed. Jenesa Jeram, ... More >>

Decile Funding Review Must Consider Teacher Quality

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 2:21 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

The New Zealand Initiative has welcomed a review of the controversial decile funding system for schools, reported by the Sunday Star Times last weekend. Minister of Education Hekia Parata announced the government will review how it targets educational resources. More >>

Central government is the RMA’s weakest link

Monday, 23 March 2015, 8:53 am | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (23 March 2015): Central government needs to fulfil its long-neglected Resource Management Act obligations if it wants to boost mining activity and free communities from the stifling regulations that are choking off economic development ... More >>

Online GST could backfire on economy

Friday, 20 March 2015, 9:06 am | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (20 March 2015): Applying GST on low-value imports could easily backfire and end up doing more harm than good for the economy, The New Zealand Initiative warned today. More >>

Growth needed to fix NZ’s wicked problems

Friday, 13 March 2015, 11:58 am | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (13 March 2015): If you have recently been told that economic growth makes us unhappy, that it spoils the environment and that it increases inequality in society, think again. That is the key message of a new report from public policy think tank ... More >>

Chatham Rise decision a blow to economic growth

Thursday, 12 February 2015, 11:37 am | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (12 February 2015): The New Zealand Initiative says Chatham Rise Phosphate’s failure to secure a mining consent underscores the flaws in marine resource legislation, which if left unchanged, could permanently stunt economic growth in New Zealand. More >>

NZ Initiative welcomes Productivity Commission report

Thursday, 5 February 2015, 11:00 am | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (5 February 2015): The New Zealand Initiative welcomed today’s Productivity Commission report highlighting the importance of productivity growth. The report, “Who benefits from productivity growth? The labour income share in New Zealand”, ... More >>

Think tank welcomes LGNZ funding report

Monday, 2 February 2015, 10:59 am | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (2 February 2015): The New Zealand Initiative has welcomed the launch of LGNZ’s latest discussion paper on local government funding as an important step towards improving how councils deliver services to communities. More >>

RMA changes welcome, but problem bigger than housing

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 11:47 am | The New Zealand Initiative

The New Zealand Initiative has welcomed the overhaul of the Resource Management Act, in particular the focus on housing affordability and the restoration of property rights, but is still concerned about the ambiguity surrounding Section 5. More >>

Alcohol advertising bans need stronger evidence

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 12:49 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (18 December 2014): The New Zealand Initiative’s Head of Research, Dr Eric Crampton, today urged Cabinet to look to the evidence before banning alcohol advertising and sponsorship. The Ministerial Forum on Advertising and Sponsorship ... More >>

New Zealand outpacing Australia in economic reform

Wednesday, 3 December 2014, 12:55 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

Executive Director of The New Zealand Initiative, Dr Oliver Hartwich, is today publishing his new monograph Quiet Achievers: The New Zealand Path to Reform. It will be presented by Australia’s Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann, at an event ... More >>

Mining can help revive struggling rural economies

Monday, 1 December 2014, 7:43 am | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (28 November 2014): The minerals sector can help revive New Zealand’s struggling rural economies, but only if the government reduces the complexity of the Resource Management Act and creates financial incentives for local government. More >>

 

 

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