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Reform Needed As Commerce Commission Suffers Alarming Slide In Regulatory Performance

Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 11:15 am | The New Zealand Initiative

Respect for New Zealand’s commercial regulators has declined over the past four years, research by think tank The New Zealand Initiative reveals. Among the regulators whose influence is felt across the entire economy, the decline in the Commerce Commission’s ... More >>

Expensive Climate Policies Have "No Effect On Emissions" – Report

Tuesday, 22 March 2022, 6:26 am | The New Zealand Initiative

New Zealand is already on track to its emissions targets and the government’s new climate change policies will have almost no effect on emissions, says a new report by public policy think tank The New Zealand Initiative. The report, Pretence of Necessity ... More >>

Commerce Commission Recommends Legalising New Grocery Stores

Tuesday, 8 March 2022, 10:50 am | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (Tuesday, 8 March 2022) The New Zealand Initiative is applauding the Commerce Commission for their final report into supermarket competition, and says the regulator is right to take issue with the red tape that hinders competitors entering ... More >>

The New Zealand Initiative Appoints New Senior Fellow

Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 1:54 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (Tuesday, 1 March 2022) The New Zealand Initiative is delighted to announce the appointment of new Senior Fellow Dr Michael Johnston. Dr Johnston joins the think tank from Victoria University of Wellington where he was Associate Dean (Academic) ... More >>

Unemployment Insurance Will Mean More Tax - NZ Initiative Report

Thursday, 11 November 2021, 10:46 am | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (Thursday, 11 November 2021) A new unemployment insurance scheme would be another tax on income, with little benefit, and increase unemployment, according to a new report from The New Zealand Initiative. The think tank warns that the scheme ... More >>

Climate Of Fear: How The Reserve Bank Is Overstepping Its Mandate

Tuesday, 9 November 2021, 12:38 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (Tuesday, 9 November 2021) The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) has no legal or democratic mandate for climate change, says a new report from think tank The New Zealand Initiative. Climate of fear: How the Reserve Bank is overstepping ... More >>

Improved Housing Policy Enthusiastically Welcomed

Tuesday, 19 October 2021, 12:18 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (Tuesday, 19 October 2021) – Today, the Government took a significant step toward restoring housing affordability. The New Zealand Initiative enthusiastically welcomed the announcement, supported by Labour and National, of a broad upzoning ... More >>

Requisitioning A Step Too Far - NZ Initiative

Tuesday, 12 October 2021, 3:01 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

The New Zealand Initiative is urging the Government to substantially reconsider a provision in the COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Bill (No. 2) that would allow it to commandeer private Covid testing facilities and equipment such as those ... More >>

Stronger Protection Needed On The Path To 2022

Wednesday, 6 October 2021, 5:47 am | The New Zealand Initiative

The end of Covid elimination in Auckland requires more effective measures to avoid wider outbreaks, illness, and heavy pressure on the public health system, according to new research from The New Zealand Initiative. The think tank’s new research ... More >>

New Zealand Initiative Welcomes Immigration Announcement

Thursday, 30 September 2021, 9:51 am | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (Thursday, 30 September 2021) – The New Zealand Initiative has welcomed today’s announcement from Immigration Minister Hon Kris Faafoi that the government will provide a pathway to residency for migrants currently in New Zealand. In May, ... More >>

Illusions Of History: How Misunderstanding The Past Jeopardises Our Future

Tuesday, 21 September 2021, 5:54 am | The New Zealand Initiative

The 2.8 percent jump in GDP in the June quarter 2021 does not mean that the government’s economic strategy is sound. In fact, it is dangerous wishful thinking based on a false reading of history, according to a new research report from The New Zealand ... More >>

Personal budgets transforming lives of disabled Kiwis

Friday, 27 August 2021, 8:35 am | The New Zealand Initiative

A new report by the New Zealand Initiative says personal budgets are a social services innovation that is creating new opportunities and changing how disabled Kiwis live. The report, titled The Power of Freedom: How personal budgets for social services ... More >>

Knee-jerk political reactions unhelpful

Wednesday, 18 August 2021, 10:33 am | The New Zealand Initiative

A review of last week’s blackout by Carl Hansen, the former Chief Executive of the Electricity Authority (EA), argues for a sober and careful analysis of why 35,000 consumers lost power for up to two hours on 9 August. In a research paper published ... More >>

Employment Law Change Needed To Improve Productivity

Monday, 21 June 2021, 11:32 am | The New Zealand Initiative

New Zealand's productivity growth is being hampered by employment protection laws that constrain boards and business owners from firing poorly performing senior managers, warns a report from The New Zealand Initiative. In Nothing Costs Nothing: Why unjustified ... More >>

To Graduation And Beyond

Thursday, 10 June 2021, 9:50 am | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (Thursday, 10 June 2021): Every secondary school should provide every student with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their endeavours after graduation. However, new research from the New Zealand Initiative shows that this ... More >>

Government Should Reject Climate Commission’s Plans

Wednesday, 9 June 2021, 4:02 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (Wednesday, 9 June 2021): The New Zealand Initiative calls on the Government to reject the Climate Change Commission’s recommendations and instead rely on the Emissions Trading Scheme’s cap to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. “The Climate ... More >>

The Perils Of Rent Control In New Zealand

Thursday, 29 April 2021, 11:32 am | The New Zealand Initiative

The Government’s recent housing package announcement primarily focused on measures to dampen housing demand, particularly from those who provide rental accommodation services, rather than the key drivers of inadequate housing supply. Focusing on these ... More >>

Climate Change Commission Shows Economic Transformation Is Unnecessary

Friday, 26 March 2021, 3:32 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (Friday, 26 March 2021): The Climate Change Commission has made no convincing case for its sweeping economic reforms to reduce emissions, says Matt Burgess, Senior Economist at The New Zealand Initiative. Analysis by the Climate Change Commission ... More >>

Doing Business In New Zealand Has Just Become Riskier

Friday, 26 March 2021, 11:26 am | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (Friday, 26 March 2021): Tuesday’s announcement of new housing policies from the Government has just made New Zealand a far riskier place to do business, warns a policy paper released today by The New Zealand Initiative. A risky place ... More >>

Government's Planned Pharmac Review A Sideshow

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 3:34 pm | The New Zealand Initiative

The Government’s announcement of a review into Pharmac declares that its budget, and the total amount allocated to pharmaceuticals, will be out of scope. This ignores the most serious weakness with current arrangements: that no one really knows whether ... More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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