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In the world of international organisations, there is probably none quite like the Mont Pelerin Society. Founded by a small group of academics in 1947, its mission is to keep...
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School exam papers do not often make the headlines, but when they do it is always for the wrong reasons. The recent saga about an unexpectedly difficult NCEA algebra exam...
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Departing MP Kevin Hague’s valedictory speech this week offered us this astute insight: "The economy is not some force of nature. It is a collection of tools that we can...
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The launch of the first report on recreational fisheries caused quite a stir. The media sent alarms that decreasing daily bag limits were inevitable, and that we were running out of fish....
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Open the pages of any major newspaper and you will be inundated with reasons why New Zealand needs to tackle its housing affordability crisis. It needs to be fixed to...
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New Zealand maintained its third place ranking in this year’s Economic Freedom of the World reports, but it’s hardly a place allowing markets in everything. And that can be costly....
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Last month, we launched a report on the government’s interest-free student loan policy. To summarise briefly, the scheme has had no particular benefits in improving access to tertiary study, but has...
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If sugar is the new tobacco, then soda drinkers must be the new smokers. So what can we expect next in the war against sugar? The first step of any...
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A health minister caught snorting cocaine would be news. A health minister seen snorting fake cocaine might be news.  But a health minister spotted at an event where others may...
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Thirteen billion Euros ($20bn) is a lot of money, even if you are a giant multi-national like Apple. That is the sum the European Commission wants Apple to pay the...
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Right now, you probably have homeowner’s insurance that, if a catastrophe happened, would let you build a new house providing similar functionality to your current house, up to a specified...
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Some of the most admired New Zealanders have achieved success getting high. Many have been addicted to it, and self-confessedly so. Their particular fix has come at a cost. Several...
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Interest-free student loans have been very costly. The billions spent over the past decade subsidising student loans is only part of it.  As we explain in Decade of Debt, the government...
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A penny saved is a penny earned. This should be the motto of regulatory reform. When it comes to regulatory burdens, it is not necessarily the cost of a specific...
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In this age of ‘post-truth politics’ (which, by the way, must be one of the greatest tautologies of all time) I guess all truths can be relative.  North Korea is...
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As you read this, our teachers’ unions are preparing for war. For the first time in history they are planning meetings of 60,000 teachers, nationwide, during school hours.   Their...
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A lot of people have done well out of the past decade of interest-free student loans. But that hardly means the policy is what is right for the country. A...
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The world premiere of a new film on New Zealand’s post 1984 economic reforms will screen in the Academy Cinema (below the Auckland Public Library) on Thursday 25 August at...
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This week, Newshub released a new opinion poll showing a large majority of New Zealanders demand curbs to immigration. Three in five voters said so. The same opinion poll also...
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The easiest way to catch a fish is to visit the local New World store. Commercial fishing can deliver seafood far more cost effectively than the average recreational fisher. Seafood...
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