Media release - New report: Pricing carbon properly key to successful renewables policy

Wellington (28 March 2019): Ahead of the Interim Climate Change Committee’s recommendations to Government, think tank The New Zealand Initiative today released an economic assessment of the proposed transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2035. Authored by Research Fellow Matt Burgess, Switched on! finds that New Zealand is well-placed to increase the share of renewable electricity from its current level of 83%. However, the Initiative’s report warns that New Zealand must learn from costly policy failures overseas if we want... Read more

Media release
28 March, 2019
Brexit 2

Is it the real deal?

After a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said new documents to be added to the Brexit deal provided "legally binding changes" to the part relating to the Irish border. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Larry Williams Drive - Newstalk ZB
12 March, 2019

People struggling to resell concert tickets due to scammers

Reselling concert tickets is now a challenging problem due to scammers. Some people are struggling to sell tickets to Wellington's Eminem concert at the Westpac Stadium. Eric Crampton discusses the issue with Kate Hawkesby on Newstalk ZB and he shares his advice for those hunting around for tickets on the resale market. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Early editiion - Newstalk ZB
27 February, 2019

Media release: Growing support for Kiwi community power

Wellington (27 February 2019): A joint LGNZ/New Zealand Initiative conference held in Wellington tomorrow will explore the results of a new survey that reveals the majority of those surveyed support a move towards local services being managed and provided by local decision-makers. Read more

Media release
27 February, 2019

Media release: Tax Working Group’s proposed rate of capital gains tax one of the most penal in the world

Wellington (21 February 2019): The Tax Working Group’s report released today proposes a broad-based top rate of 33% capital gains tax (CGT). The New Zealand Initiative argues in a new policy note, The Pitfalls of CGT, that headline rate would immediately push New Zealand to the top of the international CGT rankings among industrialised economies, just behind Denmark and Finland. “The proposal is conspicuous by a lack of exemptions and concessions around business investment, so a full rate would arguably... Read more

Media release
21 February, 2019

Patrick Carvalho discusses CGT

The Tax Working Group’s report proposes a broad-based top rate of 33% capital gains tax (CGT). Patrick Carvalho explains to Larry Williams on Newstalk ZB why fully taxing capital gains would likely have undesirable effects on productivity, investment and growth, and impose significant compliance costs. Read more

Dr Patrick Carvalho
Larry Williams Drive - Newstalk ZB
21 February, 2019

Is the $70,000 benchmark for 'high earning’ still acceptable?

New Zealand's tax brackets don't accurately reflect what counts as "high earning" in this country, critics say.Since 2008, the highest personal income tax rate has kicked in on earnings over $70,000 a year. Compare that to Australia, where the highest tax rate of 45 percent takes effect on income of $180,000 a year or more.Eric Crampton tells Mike Yardley on Newstalk ZB why he doesn’t think the $70,000 threshold is still acceptable. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Mike Hosking Breakfast - Newstalk ZB
28 January, 2019

"Business groups ignored in fair pay taskforce"

A panel - chaired by the former National Prime Minister Jim Bolger - has made recommendations to the government on how best to set up Fair Pay Agreements that would set minimum terms and conditions for all workers in the same sector or occupation in a bid to stop a slide in pay.The report has yet to be made public, but the National Party has been told some of the recommendations - chiefly that a fair pay negotiation could be... Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Radio NZ
25 January, 2019

Media release: Decisive action on red tape – not KiwiBuild – is the answer to New Zealand’s housing affordability problem

Wellington (22 January 2019): Decisive government action to free up the supply of land for housing and to reduce construction costs across the board is the only viable remedy for New Zealand’s housing affordability problem.KiwiBuild – the government programme to build or deliver 100,000 homes in 10 years ­– is a massive distraction from fixing the housing problem, according to a new research report, KiwiBuild: Twyford’s Tar Baby, released today by The New Zealand Initiative.“The simple fact is that government... Read more

Media release
22 January, 2019

Ardern and May's post-Brexit trade agreement talks

With Jacinda Ardern meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May to discuss trade agreements, Dr Oliver Hartwich speaks to Newstalk ZB and says this is an important chance to discuss our post-Brexit trading relationship and a good opportunity to remind the Brits that there are other countries who would like to trade with Britain. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Newstalk ZB
21 January, 2019
Budget day2

What does the minimum wage increase mean for the economy?

New Zealand workers on the minimum wage are set for a significant pay rise.The Government has announced it will increase the minimum wage to $17.70 an hour on April 1, with further increases to take it to $20 by 2021.Eric Crampton discusses on Mike Hosking Breakfast what the minimum wage increase means for our economy. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Newstalk ZB - Mike Hosking Breakfast
20 December, 2018

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