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Only the officials at Inland Revenue know why they commissioned a poll on Kiwis’ attitudes to tax that included questions about the respondents’ general political orientation. Releasing the polling data should be part of fixing any perceived problems. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
15 February, 2019
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Making KiwiBuild Work

Anybody even remotely connected with housing, housing research, the building industry – or with the ability to fog a mirror by breathing on it – had to know it was near-impossible for the government to meet its KiwiBuild promises on its 10-year schedule. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights newsletter
8 February, 2019
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Being kind to the Fourth Labour Government

During her tour of Europe last month, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wrote a piece in the Financial Times. As it was published behind the London newspaper’s paywall, most New Zealanders probably missed it (though a copy is available on the Beehive’s website). That is a shame because the opinion piece offers a concise insight into her Government’s philosophy. Commentators such as Michael Reddell and Rodney Hide criticised the Prime Minister’s piece. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
1 February, 2019
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Eulogy for the last plastic bag

Tidying guru Marie Kondo advises her followers to hold or hug everyday items and ask yourself: “Does this item spark joy?” So I picked up a plastic bag and clutched it to my chest. I first felt joy, and then an overwhelming grief. The moment I had been dreading had arrived: my household had reached the last of our plastic bags. As my tears splashed off the plastic folds, I reflected on the injustice of the impending plastic bag ban. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
1 February, 2019
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"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
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The pretentious nonsense that is KiwiBuild

KiwiBuild – the government programme to build or deliver 100,000 homes in 10 years – serves no useful public interest purpose and promises to endlessly distract and embarrass the government. That is the signal conclusion of KiwiBuild: Twyford’s Tar Baby, a research note released this week by The New Zealand Initiative. The programme does not directly help those on low incomes; only the relatively well-off can afford KiwiBuild homes. To subsidise such people would be unfair. Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
Insights Newsletter
25 January, 2019

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