BL AM Show 19 Nov

Discussing the gaps in Kiwis' general knowledge

On The AM Show, Briar Lipson discusses her new research, Ignorance is not bliss: Why knowledge matters (and why we may not have enough of it), and highlights the serious gaps in Kiwis' knowledge, Briar explains why a knowledge-rich curriculum is so important and says while it is exciting the Government has announced that New Zealand history will be a required subject in schools from 2022, why does it just stop there - what about teaching world history? Read more

Briar Lipson
The AM Show
19 November, 2019
Child reading

Discussing ignorance is not bliss

We all assume we've got a handle on basic knowledge, but a new survey has found New Zealanders have some serious gaps when it comes to basic maths, geography and history facts. Briar Lipson spoke to Jesse Mulligan on Radio New Zealand about the finding from her new report, Ignorance is not bliss: why knowledge matters (and why we might not have enough of it). Read more

Briar Lipson
Radio New Zealand
19 November, 2019

Media Release: Muttonbirds vs. the seven continents - why we need to talk about knowledge in schools

Worrying comments from Whetu Cormick, President of the New Zealand Principals Federation in today’s Herald show why, for the sake of educational equity, it is time New Zealand rethought its approach to knowledge in the national curriculum. Commenting on the Initiative’s latest research report, Ignorance is not bliss: Why knowledge matters (and why we may not have enough of it), Cormick explained that the curriculum was right to let teachers choose topics on the basis of students’ interests. Read more

Media Release
19 November, 2019

Media Release: New survey finds serious gap in New Zealanders' general knowledge

New research released by The New Zealand Initiative reveals significant gaps in adult New Zealanders’ general knowledge.Ignorance is not bliss: Why knowledge matters (and why we may not have enough of it) argues that although information is readily available nowadays, our basic knowledge of subjects like geography, history, and maths is low. To get a glimpse of the state of general knowledge in New Zealand, the Initiative commissioned a representative survey of 1,000 voting-age New Zealanders. Read more

Media Release
18 November, 2019
BL Q+A 19 Nov

Why knowledge matters

On Q+A, Briar Lipson discusses our survey that tested 1,000 voting-aged New Zealanders on the state of their general knowledge. The (surprising) findings formed the basis for her latest research note, Ignorance is not bliss: Why knowledge matters (and why we may not have enough of it). Read more

Briar Lipson
Q+A
18 November, 2019

Media Release: Zero Carbon Bill fails the climate

As Parliament rushes the final stages of the Government’s Zero Carbon Bill, a new report by think tank The New Zealand Initiative warns the Bill is so seriously flawed that it could raise emissions. Read more

Media Release
6 November, 2019

Media Release: Less talk and more political action needed to solve road congestion in NZ

Bold policy changes in the form of congestion pricing, which charges drivers higher road user rates at peak times in overcrowded routes, can solve New Zealand’s shocking congestion problems, says a new report from The New Zealand Initiative.The Price is Right: The road to a better transport system provides compelling evidence that without proper road user pricing, congestion will continue to increase in our urban centres. Read more

Media Release
5 November, 2019
OH AM Show 5 Nov 2019

The case for congestion charging

Dr Oliver Hartwich speaks on The AM Show about our latest report, The Price is Right: The road to a better transport system, and highlights how an effective road pricing system (congestion charging), in place of current fuel taxes we pay would benefit drivers, and reduce our shocking congestion problem. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
The AM Show
5 November, 2019
Auckland highway

Tackling our road congestion problem

Dr Patrick Carvalho discusses his new report, The Price is Right: The road to a better transport system, with Mike Hosking on Newstalk ZB. He highlights the benefits of a revenue-neutral congestion charging system that would help to solve the increasing congestion levels in New Zealand. He talks about congestion charges in London and what we can learn from their experiences in order to create an efficient, transparent and world-class pricing scheme here. Read more

Dr Patrick Carvalho
Newstalk ZB
5 November, 2019
PC NBR radio 5 Nov

A bipartisan approach needed to solve road congestion

Our new report, The Price is Right: The road to a better transport system, by Patrick Carvalho, calls for bipartisan political support for the introduction to congestion pricing. The report argues congestion charging - where road users pay charges based on distance, time, location and vehicle type and weight - can promote funding transparency and accountability while addressing the increasing congestion woes in New Zealand. Report author Dr Patrick Carvalho spoke to The National Business Review's Brent Edwards ahead of... Read more

Dr Patrick Carvalho
The National Business Review
5 November, 2019
OH Kim Campbell interview Nov

Interview: Why think tanks are important

Our executive director Dr Oliver Hartwich sits down with Kim Campbell to discuss the work of the Initiative, why it's important and highlights some of the challenges we face. Oliver gives some insights into his childhood in Germany, and his career path to how he ended up in Wellington at the Initiative. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Business at the speed of coffee with Kim Campbell
4 November, 2019

Media Release: Tweaks to the decile funding model not the solution

Abolishing New Zealand’s decile-based school funding system may get rid of the decile stigma of some schools. However, it does nothing to address the underlying issues, says a new research note by think tank The New Zealand Initiative. Authored by the Initiative’s chief economist Dr Eric Crampton, Seeing the problem, but missing the point, explains that more work should be done to analyse the performance of New Zealand’s schools. Read more

Media Release
25 September, 2019

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