Coffee comes with a paradox. Night owls like me cannot simply begin to function before our restorative java, but getting the first cup takes some organising. Read more
Natanael Rother is a Research Fellow specialising in localism. He hails from Switzerland and has previously worked at think tank Avenir Suisse, the European Policy Centre, a major Swiss bank, and the cantonal administrations of Lucerne and Zug. Natanael holds a Master’s degree in Political Economics from the University of Lucerne. In 2018, Natanael joined the Initiative for six weeks. He has returned to the Initiative for four months and will be researching New Zealand’s night-time economy and vocational education.
“Nothing good happens after 3 am,” Auckland’s top-ranking police officer once said.“Facts tend to be overanalysed,” his Wellingtonian counterpart claimed.Unfortunately, personal opinions and anecdotal evidence like this about opening hours and alcohol licences of bars and party venues often decide the direction of policy proposals for regulating the night-time economy. Yet, such arbitrary behaviour is typical – abroad and in New Zealand.For example, in 2014 the government of New South Wales introduced new controls for the nightlife across large parts... Read more
Especially since the Brexit vote, policymakers aiming for political stability might be reluctant to ask citizens about their opinion. They should not feel that way. As with sports, practice makes perfect when it comes to voting. The Swiss lead by example. They vote on everything, even the silly stuff. In November last year, for example, the Swiss voted on cows and their horns. Allegedly, owning a full set of horns is about bestowing dignity to the cows. Read more