Final Oliver Hartwich

Dr Oliver Hartwich

Executive Director

Oliver is the Executive Director of The New Zealand Initiative. Before joining the Initiative, he was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney, the Chief Economist at Policy Exchange in London, and an advisor in the UK House of Lords. Oliver holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Business administration and a PhD in Law from Bochum University in Germany.

Oliver is available to comment on all of the Initiative’s research areas.

He is the author of Manifesto 2017: What the next New Zealand government should do. Manifesto 2017 spells out what the Initiative expects the next government to tackle after the September 2017 election. 

Manifesto 2017: What the next New Zealand Government should do

Phone: +64 4 499 0790

Email: oliver.hartwich@nzinitiative.org.nz

Recent Work

German flag

The never-ending story of Angela Merkel

Should you be familiar with German children’s literature, you would have encountered a curious character: the illusory giant (Scheinriese).In the works of Michael Ende, best known for his The Never-Ending Story, there is a fearsome giant called Herr Tur Tur. Just as all proper giants, Herr Tur Tur is so big and tall that he can be seen from far away.But there is something rather unusual about the giant Herr Tur Tur. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
The National Business Review
21 July, 2017
One euro coin

Europe's trillion euro problem

Some people fear rising sea levels, asteroids hitting the earth or global pandemics. It is easy to be scared of such threats because one can easily understand them.With other risks, being appropriately scared is much harder. Some problems are just too complicated to cause the fear they deserve. Europe’s Target 2 system falls into this category.Should you now ask yourself “Target what?” you are not alone. Many finance experts, bankers and journalists have never heard of it either – certainly not... Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
The National Business Review
14 July, 2017
Data

The government vs Mainfreight

To get the disclaimer out of the way, Mainfreight’s founder and chair Bruce Plested is not only a member of the Initiative. Bruce is also someone I admire. He built a billion-dollar logistics business, starting with a single Bedford truck in the 1970s.Just as inspirational, Bruce remains a humble Kiwi, making contributions to the country in numerous ways. Just think of Duffy Books in Homes, providing free books to over 100,000 New Zealand children three times a year. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
14 July, 2017
Vote tick

Help! It's an election year

So here we go again. It is an election year, and we are witnessing the political equivalent of a soap show – only interrupted by the occasional attempted election bribe.Both National’s Todd Barclay saga and Labour’s internship programme may not quite fall into the category of good political management. However, beyond Election Day few people will remember what the fuss was all about.Similarly, New Zealand First may attempt to win young votes by promising to wipe out student debt. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
30 June, 2017
Beach

News about Niue

We may not often hear about Niue, that small Pacific island state. But within the past week, we heard about it twice. First as a paradise in need of culturally sensitive help, and then as a potential libertarian sanctuary.Bill English included a stop in the capital of Alofi on his island-hopping tour of the South Pacific. There the Prime Minister opened a new hotel development made possible by New Zealand aid money.Despite such generosity, English was criticised by his Niuean... Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
23 June, 2017
NZcoins

Monetary policy needs public scrutiny

Unless you are closely following New Zealand monetary policy, you might have missed a BusinessDesk story last week. The newspaper revealed an astonishing correspondence between Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler and BNZ’s chief executive Anthony Healy.The exchange had been triggered by a preview of the Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Statement, prepared by the BNZ’s chief economist Stephen Toplis. In this briefing, Mr Toplis expressed his views about RBNZ policy which Mr Wheeler read as a personal criticism.This prompted a letter... Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
16 June, 2017
Brexit

How freedom was lost in Brexit

When the UK voted to leave the European Union in last year’s referendum, it was widely interpreted as a victory of the political right.That was not incorrect. The right wing of the Conservative Party and the populist UK Independence Party were the forces behind the Leave campaign.How ironic, therefore, that 10 months later the entire spectrum of British politics has shifted to the left.Having spent the past week in London, meeting politicians and think tankers, it was impossible not to miss... Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
The National Business Review
26 May, 2017
Brexit

Presentation: What an independent Britain can learn from New Zealand

What will Britain look like after Brexit? This is the dominant question in British politics right now. As the UK withdraws from the EU, it will regain independence over policy areas which were previously controlled by Brussels. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Roger Partridge
Presentation to The Adam Smith Institute
17 May, 2017
Parliament

Time for a New Zealand first

The September election is still a few months away but politicians, pollsters and pundits are already speculating on the outcome.Of course, forecasts are difficult, particularly about the future. However, one thing seems certain: It will be a close race.A continuation of the current National-led government with its smallish support partners is possible but perhaps not too likely. It is also improbable for Labour and Greens to command a parliamentary majority of their own.Few people are yet prepared to even consider... Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
12 May, 2017
Parliament

When pop and politics collide

It is a distraction that National could do without this election year. Instead of battling the opposition, they are facing Eminem’s lawyers in the High Court.The US rapper is suing National for breach of copyright. It is about the use of background music in one of the party’s 2014 campaign adverts.And indeed, even if you are tone deaf it is hard to miss the similarities between Lose Yourself and what the Nats describe as the sound-alike work Eminem Esque.The court... Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
5 May, 2017

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