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Among the most sought after locations you find in Sydney is the inner-city suburb of Pyrmont. It is not only home to headquarters of major companies such as American Express,...
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On Monday the Initiative launched From Red Tape to Green Gold, our second report on the mineral estate in New Zealand and the regulations that constrain it, specifically the Resource...
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Harry Potter had a profound influence on my childhood. While I was never one of those kids who expected a letter from Hogwarts on their eleventh birthday, I did enjoy...
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You all know The New Zealand Initiative as a great little think tank for a great little country. You might not know that we are also a membership organisation: our...
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Recently the Education and Science Committee reported on its Inquiry into engaging parents in the education of their children. Reading through its myriad recommendations, it becomes clear all are on...
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Only kamikaze cyclists would choose to cycle in Wellington. Known for its steep, winding roads barely wide enough for a Reliant Robin let alone two lanes, parked vehicles and a...
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When I was interviewed for this job, I was asked what three public policy changes I would make, if I could. They say that people's policy recommendations can reveal a...
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For foreign exchange traders, there is nothing more interesting than speculating on central bank policies. Changing interest rates obviously have an effect on exchange rates so traders need to follow...
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This weekend I’m going to wash the house with a water blaster. I will probably also give the parched garden a good drenching, hose the car down, and then relax...
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New Zealand is one of the world’s most expensive places to live. While there are a lot of reasons for that, a pretty substantial underlying reason is the country’s small...
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Bloomberg has just published its list of the 15 most miserable economies in the world for 2015. Misery is measured as the sum of the unemployment rate and the inflation...
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This week Forbes released its 2015 billionaires list.  There are 290 new billionaires in the world this year, including Travis Kalanick and Brian Chesky.  These guys are the founders of...
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As widely reported this week, Auckland Council’s economic development arm has created a posting for one of its senior executives in London. Costing ratepayers a total of $230,000 over the...
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All too often, China cops an unfair amount of criticism when it comes to foreign investment in New Zealand. Rationally, this is quite bizarre, not least because our existing regulatory...
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It is probably a sign of my generation that I struggle to fathom how researchers and experts spread their ideas before the internet. I suppose people read books, attended public...
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Scientific truth is not established by poll results, but scientists’ consensus on scientific issues can tell us a lot. It does not tell us what optimal policy should be –...
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Last week Parliament passed the Education Amendment Bill, creating a new professional body for teachers, Educanz, which replaces the New Zealand Teachers’ Council (NZTC). The secondary teachers’ union president Angela...
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I borrowed a considerable amount of money from a number of banks to finance my family’s lifestyle which included, overseas holidays, buying a holiday home, a new boat and an...
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Australian politics always enjoys a reputation for being just a little more vicious than elsewhere. You only need to think of the way in which Abbott’s Labor predecessors Kevin Rudd...
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Could the Green Party of Aotearoa become an environmental party that was neutral, if not liberal on economic issues? Must it see economic growth and a healthier environment as opposites rather...
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