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Research Plan 2017-2020

The New Zealand Initiative is New Zealand's leading think tank.The Initiative produces accessible, evidence-based research (available in print and online) with a focus on policy areas we believe are vital for a free and prosperous New Zealand. Read more

17 July, 2017
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Annual Report 2016

2016 was another successful year for The New Zealand Initiative. This Annual Report summarises our achievements over 2016. Once again we produced thought-provoking research, held well-attended events and had a strong presence in the media. Read more

13 March, 2017
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The New New Zealanders: Why migrants make good Kiwis

New Zealand is widely regarded as a unique place, renowned for its natural beauty, culture, economic freedom, and quality of life. Immigration has played an important part in achieving this outcome. Simply by moving here, immigrants have helped shaped the forces that make up modern New Zealand. Read more

Jason Krupp
Dr Rachel Hodder
30 January, 2017
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The Inequality Paradox: Why inequality Matters Even Though it has Barely Changed

There is an inequality paradox in New Zealand. Despite increasingly frequent newspaper headlines on inequality, the data shows that inequality in income and inequality in consumption have not changed substantially for at least a decade. However, this does not mean we need to forget about it and move on – far from it. And this is the inequality paradox. Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
Jenesa Jeram
18 October, 2016
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Decade of Debt: The Cost of Interest-free Student Loans

Just over a decade ago, the government stopped charging interest on student loans. Before 2006, student loan debt drew interest after the borrower left school. The Labour-led government argued that loan repayment times were burdensome for too many graduates. And so, from 2006, student loan debt would carry no interest until the loan was repaid. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Khyaati Acharya
18 August, 2016
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The Local Benchmark: When smaller is better

With government about to table legislation that would allow greater amalgamation of local authorities in New Zealand, this report examines how other countries have embraced the diversity of local government to enhance their economic competitiveness. Read more

Jason Krupp
25 July, 2016
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Signal Loss: What we know about school performance

It is hard to improve without knowing what better and worse performance look like. Teachers grade students, but who grades the graders? And how can we tell whether the school system as a whole is doing well? This report, the first in a series of three examining performance and improvement in the school system, begins to answer these questions. Read more

Martine Udahemuka
29 June, 2016
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Deadly Heritage

Wellington’s heritage buildings make the city beautiful, but dangerous. This joint report by Deloitte New Zealand and The New Zealand Initiative looks for ways that Wellington can balance earthquake readiness and sensitivity to the city’s heritage character. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Linda Meade
19 May, 2016

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