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Project Localism launch

Project Localism

For six years, the Initiative has been arguing the case for localism. Pointing out that New Zealand is one of the most centralised countries in the world, we have called for a radical shift of political and fiscal power from the centre to communities. When we started our campaign for localism, it was a fringe idea. At best, people thought it was unrealistic. At worst, they thought we were crazy to propose giving more power and money to councils. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
20 July, 2018
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Creatures of habit

People have always said, we are creatures of habit. Every day we wake up at the same time, have the same breakfast, go to the same workplace, eat out at the same restaurants and order the same meals. We are so predictable that our smartphones can even alert us when to leave for work and when to head to the restaurant for dinner without us setting any notifications. Thanks Google. Read more

Joel Hernandez
Insights Newsletter
20 July, 2018
Pathway

On the path to localism

This week saw the beginning of not one but two separate studies into local government.Speaking at Local Government New Zealand’s annual conference in Christchurch, Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced a Productivity Commission inquiry into local government funding and finance. At the same conference, LGNZ and my own organisation, The New Zealand Initiative, launched ‘Project Localism’ which proposes a radical recalibration of power between central and local government.Perhaps it was just coincidental that both these studies were announced within minutes of... Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
The National Business Review
20 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
Game show

Game show policy

Game shows are nothing new. They’re a dime a dozen. We have all seen shows like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Wheel of Fortune, and The Price Is Right. These types of shows are popular because we like seeing everyday people succeed, become winners, and realise their dreams. Well, it’s either that or we’re suckers for schadenfreude. This week a new game show launched in the US, titled Paid Off. Read more

Ben Craven
Insights Newsletter
13 July, 2018
Housing money

Housing howler

Journalists have a hard job. As well as being underpaid, they are constantly copping an earful from frustrated or confused readers, trolls, and even economists. By and large they do a superb job: often on years’-long stories such as the meth testing debacle and the failings of Housing New Zealand. Like all of us, they sometimes get things wrong. The good ones correct their errors. The bad ones move to talkback radio. Read more

Sam Warburton
Insights Newsletter
6 July, 2018
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Housing reform vs populist gimmickry

It is hard to introduce populist policies without hurting the economy. That is the takeout from the Government’s decision to water down its planned restrictions on foreign property buyers. Because the new rules would have been detrimental to new residential development, we will now have a law that is tough and permissive at the same time. Unfortunately, it will also be a highly complicated piece of legislation. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
22 June, 2018
Coal wagon

An assault on our senses

A couple of years ago we got the lads together and set off on a South Island road trip. It was a great opportunity to get away from the rat race and show some of my North Island mates around the South Island. Beers, banter, and beaut scenery. On day three we pulled into Westport. “What’s that smell?”, asked one of the blokes. Bemused, I responded to my North Island friend, “Coal, mate. Read more

Ben Craven
Insights Newsletter
22 June, 2018

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