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Vacancy: Research Fellow

The New Zealand Initiative, New Zealand’s leading public policy think tank, is seeking an economist to join our research team. This position will suit a person with a strong interest in promoting market-based solutions for public policy. The full-time position is based in Wellington. Read more

23 August, 2018
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Auckland fuel tax: what will improve?

Auckland's regional fuel tax has been in place since the beginning of the month. The extra funds raised are intended to help fund transport projects around the region over the coming decade. But what about the citywide discrepancies in who gets what? Bike Auckland's Barbara Cuthbert, Auckland's Manukau councillor Efeso Collins and the Initiative's Sam Warburton, discuss the issues. Read more

Sam Warburton
Radio New Zealand
22 July, 2018
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Media Release: Bringing government back to the people

Wellington (15 July 2018): Instead of relying on central government to decide what is good for our communities it is time to empower councils and communities themselves to make such decisions, Local Government New Zealand and The New Zealand Initiative say.LGNZ and the Initiative have today presented their Localism project. Together, they call for devolution and decentralisation in the way New Zealand is run.Releasing a joint position statement this afternoon, LGNZ President Dave Cull said New Zealand needs to restore... Read more

Media Release
15 July, 2018
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Oliver Hartwich about how Trump shocks European allies

Donald Trump's performance at the NATO summit has raised more questions than answers.Oliver Hartwich tells Andrew West on ABC Radio there's increasing uncertainty about the future of the trans-Atlantic alliance and other international agreements after the American president chastised Germany and other members countries. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Saturday Extra - ABC Radio National (Australia)
14 July, 2018

Government failure blamed for road toll

A seventh person died in Waikato Hospital after a head-on collision near Waverley in South Taranaki. Sam Warburton tells Mike Hosking the road toll has gone up by 60 percent over the past four years, but travel is only up 15 percent. He says the whole policy has been one of our biggest national tragedies. Read more

Sam Warburton
Newstalk ZB - Mike Hosking Breakfast
28 June, 2018

How do we measure child poverty?

Wallace Chapman talks to Jenesa Jeram about how we measure child poverty. She says the Child Poverty Reduction Bill is underwhelming and the way we measure poverty isn't consistent. Jenesa will be speaking on this topic at Presbyterian Support Northern’s free public lecture series on child poverty in Auckland (28 June) and Wellington (17 July). Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Sunday Morning - Radio NZ
24 June, 2018

The story of Michaela Community School

New Zealand born London headteacher Katharine Birbalsingh founded Michaela Community School. It is often referred to as Britain's strictest school. Children have to attend a seven day boot camp before starting at Michaela to learn the school's strict rules, which include no talking in the corridors and demerit points given for forgetting a pen, or slouching. Katharine tells Heather du Plessis-Allen what is behind the school's philosophy. Katharine is presenting at researchED in Auckland on Saturday 2 June. Read more

Katharine Birbalsingh
Wellington Mornings with Heather du Plessis-Allan - Newstalk ZB
31 May, 2018

Media release: Smokeless products are key to New Zealand’s smoke-free future

Wellington (30 May 2018): The New Zealand Initiative is celebrating World Smokefree Day (Thursday 31 May) as an opportunity to take a more compassionate approach to tobacco control policy. A recent report by The New Zealand Initiative Smoke and Vapour: the changing world of tobacco harm reduction calls for a range of smokeless nicotine delivery products (e-cigarettes, snus, and heat-not-burn) to be made available to smokers wanting to cut down or quit. Read more

Media release
30 May, 2018

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