Our chief editor Nathan Smith is joined by chief economist Dr Eric Crampton and senior fellow Dr Bryce Wilkinson. In this week’s podcast, they discuss whether the Government’s Covid-19 cost-benefit analysis and subsequent lockdown is economically sound. Read more
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.
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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
Nearly a decade ago, historian Niall Ferguson coined the term “Chimerica” to describe what he saw as the obvious and symbiotic relationship emerging between China and America. Read more
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
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
On this week’s New Zealand Initiative podcast, chief editor Nathan Smith speaks to career public servant David Law who is one of the newest policy researchers at the Initiative. Read more
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
New Zealand isn’t the only country pondering if, in today’s world, the most dangerous thing of all is that almost everything is made in China. Read more
In this week’s New Zealand Initiative podcast, chief editor Nathan Smith is joined by chief economist Eric Crampton who answers a handful of questions about why he chose to become an economist, what keeps him motivated and what titans of the field have inspired him over the years. Read more
Journalism and opinion are supposed to be clearly separated, but that difference is shrinking – and perhaps disappearing. Read more
In this week’s long-form podcast interview, our chief editor Nathan Smith sat down with research fellow Briar Lipson to discuss why New Zealand’s education standards are slipping and how the progressive or “romantic” notions of schooling gained such tight traction in this country. Read more
Welcome to the first New Zealand Initiative podcast where our team unpacks important events with a variety of guests. Read more