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Nathan Smith

Chief Editor

Nathan Smith is The New Zealand Initiative’s chief editor. He ensures the team’s research is delivered in a clear and timely fashion so it can receive maximum impact among New Zealand’s top decision-makers.

He brings deep experience writing about business and policy from his eight years as a reporter for The National Business Review and holds a Bachelor of Communication from Massey University. During his time at the NBR, he wrote weekly columns on foreign affairs and trade, coordinated the newspaper’s feature section and covered the country’s most exciting technology companies and startups.

Latest report:
Research Note: Reinforcing New Zealand’s trade relationships after Covid-19 (2020)

Phone: +64 4 499 9102


Recent Work

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Research Note: Reinforcing New Zealand’s trade relationships after Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic and economic lockdown means many countries are looking inwards. But global cooperation will be an important lever out of the economic and social consequences of the virus. The New Zealand government should embrace the opportunity to reinforce its image as a clean, open and lawful nation. Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
Nathan Smith
Research Note
30 April, 2020
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Podcast #7: David Law discusses short-time work schemes

The Government’s response to the global coronavirus pandemic is expected to lead to a deep recession. Many companies are faced with laying off employees. While the Government has announced plans to assist people without jobs and companies in distress, our research fellow David Law says other plans maybe more helpful. He discusses the details with our chief editor Nathan Smith in this week's podcast. Read more

Nathan Smith
27 March, 2020
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Podcast #6: Policy analyst Joel Hernandez unveils the real success of three Kiwi secondary schools

Welcome to this week’s New Zealand Initiative podcast with chief editor Nathan Smith. Policy analyst Joel Hernandez joins the stream to discuss the latest developments with his school performance tool. Joel has spent the last two years building a reliable model to assess how New Zealand’s 500 secondary schools are truly faring.The tool uses data drawn from Statistics New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure (or IDI) to separate the contribution of each student’s socioeconomic background from the contribution of the school.He... Read more

Nathan Smith
11 March, 2020

A virus was always the Sword of Damocles over globalisation

Since 2008, a contagion spread through the developed world: people felt that elites and politicians were looking out for each other and forgetting them. With this new coronavirus, murmurings about a travel ban has begun since Christmas as the virus jumped beyond China. But it took weeks for the government to enact one. When it did, the media immediately started publishing stories about how the ban “feeds racism” and should be dropped. Read more

Nathan Smith
Insights Newsletter
6 March, 2020
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Podcast #4: Oliver Hartwich talks about his background policy passions

In this week’s New Zealand Initiative podcast with host and chief editor Nathan Smith, executive director Oliver Hartwich teases out his impressive history of policy work, why he chose to come to New Zealand and also unpacks why some of his most passionate policy points could help boost this country in a better direction. Read more

Nathan Smith
28 February, 2020

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