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Government's Mini-budget Fronts The Serious Challenges Ahead

Wednesday, 20 December 2023, 3:07 pm | New Zealand Initiative

 “Treasury’s updated fiscal and economic forecasts released today confirm that this government faces serious fiscal challenges”, said Dr Bryce Wilkinson, Senior Fellow at The New Zealand Initiative. “The Minister of Finance’s “mini-budget” ... More >>

A Year Of New Beginnings

Friday, 15 December 2023, 12:21 pm | New Zealand Initiative

As 2023 draws to a close, we reflect on a transformative year for NewZealand’s political scene. The election ended Labour’s six-year reign and ushered in a new three-party coalition government under Prime Minister Christopher Luxon. The time ... More >>

Class Divides? The Impact Of Streaming On Educational Achievement And Equality

Tuesday, 21 November 2023, 11:34 am | New Zealand Initiative

There have been calls to ban streaming in New Zealand schools. Streaming is the practice of separating students into different classes based on their prior learning. In a new report from The New Zealand Initiative, authors Dr Michael Johnston and ... More >>

Report Calls For Better Public Sector Performance In New Zealand

Thursday, 22 June 2023, 2:38 pm | New Zealand Initiative

A new report by The New Zealand Initiative documents the grounds for concern about the public sector’s performance. It calls for those in charge to step up to learn from better-performing countries. The research note, titled Public Service Bloat ... More >>

A Farce Of A Parliamentary Process – NZ Initiative

Wednesday, 29 March 2023, 12:12 pm | New Zealand Initiative

The New Zealand Initiative has damned the consultation process for the Severe Weather Emergency Recovery Legislation Bill. It urges that the Bill be amended to force rigorous [MB1] post-enactment scrutiny, with the legislation repealed by 30 September if that ... More >>

Government’s Claims Lack Evidence And Risk Overall Health Benefits – Report

Tuesday, 30 August 2022, 7:07 pm | New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (Tuesday, 30 August 2022) – Fiction over fact is the basis for the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) new policies, research by think tank The New Zealand Initiative reveals. The fact that neither the Government nor the MOH could produce ... More >>

Foresight Economics Correctly Predicted New Zealand’s Loss Of Price Stability

Thursday, 28 July 2022, 11:18 am | New Zealand Initiative

In response to criticism of the Reserve Bank’s performance over the past four years, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance have accused critics of applying ‘hindsight economics’. Nothing could be further from the truth. The New Zealand ... More >>

The Way Reading Is Taught In New Zealand Must Change - NZ Initiative Report

Friday, 26 November 2021, 9:51 am | New Zealand Initiative

The way children are taught to read must be fundamentally changed or we risk failing further generations of learners, warns a new report from The New Zealand Initiative. One in five of New Zealand’s 15-year-olds do not have the reading competency to ... More >>

New Zealand Must Prepare For Next Global Financial Crisis – NZ Initiative

Thursday, 4 November 2021, 11:08 am | New Zealand Initiative

New Zealand’s economy suffered less damage from the pandemic than analysts expected. But new research warns, however, that just as we are emerging from the COVID-19, a new crisis is already on the horizon. Walking the path to the next global financial ... More >>

Government Fair Pay Agreement Proposal Will Harm Workers And Consumers

Friday, 7 May 2021, 2:28 pm | New Zealand Initiative

The Government’s proposal announced today to impose compulsory industry-wide collective bargaining on employees and employers without their agreement or even their participation will harm everyone but unions,” said Roger Partridge, chair of The New Zealand ... More >>

National's Proposals Would Deliver Affordable Housing

Wednesday, 14 April 2021, 11:13 am | New Zealand Initiative

The New Zealand Initiative has welcomed the National Party’s announcement of its housing policy and legislation. “Housing affordability is all about supply. This legislation will make it easier to build a house so we support this bill,” Executive ... More >>

NZ Initiative Supports The Call For Greater Clarity At The Border

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 1:15 pm | New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (Tuesday, 2 March 2021) – The New Zealand Initiative welcomes today’s call from business leaders for greater clarity about the border. The Initiative also urges the government to further strengthen the testing regime at the border. Making ... More >>

Don’t Lift The Minimum Wage, New Report Warns

Thursday, 3 December 2020, 12:30 pm | New Zealand Initiative

Wellington, 3 December 2020 - Calls to lift the minimum wage will not fix inequality and could end up hurting the most vulnerable – particularly during a recession, according to a new report by the New Zealand Initiative. The report is a response ... More >>

Ardern Shouldn’t Blame Returning Kiwis For High House Prices

Thursday, 12 November 2020, 3:23 pm | New Zealand Initiative

The prime minister is wrong to just blame returning Kiwis for rising house prices, according to a research note by the New Zealand Initiative. During an interview with Mike Hosking last week, prime minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealanders coming ... More >>

Government Ignores Own Experts To Push 100% Renewables

Friday, 11 September 2020, 10:32 am | New Zealand Initiative

The Government’s commitment to 100% renewable electricity by 2030 goes against the advice of its own independent experts, says the New Zealand Initiative. In April 2019, the Government’s Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC) found the 100% renewables ... More >>

Labour Misses Opportunity To Control Covid-19 Debt

Wednesday, 9 September 2020, 12:53 pm | New Zealand Initiative

Wellington, 9 September 2020 – If Labour’s goal is to get debt back under control then it would make more sense to prune back spending, such as on superannuation, says David Law, senior research fellow at The New Zealand Initiative. Today, Labour ... More >>

Kiwis Don’t Know Basic Civics, New Survey Says

Wednesday, 9 September 2020, 6:34 am | New Zealand Initiative

Almost a third of Kiwi voters do not know which political parties are in Parliament and less than half understand how a party can get there, according to a new study. With elections just around the corner, new research by The New Zealand initiative ... More >>

Government Must Ease Border Blockage For Critical Workers

Thursday, 3 September 2020, 3:51 pm | New Zealand Initiative

A chokepoint at the border is blocking entry of critical workers and suffocating the economy, according to a new paper from The New Zealand Initiative. New Zealand’s small size means both the public and private sectors often need international experts ... More >>

Border Entry Can Be Safely Scaled-up, New Report Says

Friday, 24 July 2020, 8:52 am | New Zealand Initiative

New Zealand needs to ‘raft up’ with other Covid-free countries while building stronger border capabilities, according to a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. And a voucher programme for helping returning Kiwis cover the cost of managed isolation ... More >>

New Report Unpacks Taiwan's Covid-19 Success

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 11:42 am | New Zealand Initiative

Taiwan’s relative success against Covid-19 makes it a great candidate for connections with New Zealand after lockdown, according to a new report from The New Zealand Initiative. As New Zealand prepares to downgrade to Alert Level 2, the Government will be keen ... More >>





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