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.

Latest reports:
Go Swiss: Learnings from The New Zealand Initiative's visit to Switzerland (2017)
Manifesto 2017: What the next New Zealand Government should do (2017)
Why Europe Failed (2015)

Phone: +64 4 499 0790

Email: oliver.hartwich@nzinitiative.org.nz

Recent Work

ParliamentBeehive

A blueprint for opposition politics

Watching the first weeks of the new Parliament, it is difficult not to get confused. On the one hand, we see a government that stumbles its way through the parliamentary machinery. On the other hand, there is an opposition whose combined executive experience makes the government’s job a nightmare. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
The National Business Review
22 December, 2017
PohutukawaXmas

Thank you and Happy Holidays

As the days are becoming longer, the sun is getting stronger and this summer’s first water restrictions are kicking in, Christmas cannot be far away. And since this is the final edition of Insights for the year, I want to thank you, our readers, for coming along this year’s journey with us. At the Initiative, we worked hard for a better New Zealand for all New Zealanders. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
15 December, 2017
Auckland highway

Challenges stack up for super minister

In the new cabinet, Phil Twyford stands out as the minister with the most challenging mandate. Combining housing and transport in one person has created a superminister in charge of all aspects of urban development.If Mr Twyford succeeds, he will not only bolster Labour’s chances of re-election. He will also shape the face of the country for decades to come.At the risk of oversimplification, New Zealand’s urban growth model at best has been a model to accommodate growth, not facilitate it. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
The National Business Review
17 November, 2017
economy newspaper1

Comprehensive and progressive FDI liberalisation

Signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the new government passed its first test on the international stage. If only all policy issues could be solved by just adding the words ‘comprehensive and progressive’ to their names.The TPP, or now the CPTPP (it just rolls off the tongue), is a major step for trade. It will help New Zealand exporters as it opens markets hitherto hard to reach. The CPTPP will create growth, jobs and opportunities.But as we are celebrating this milestone in... Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
17 November, 2017
ParliamentBeehive

Our very own House of Cards

As House of Cards is ending in sad circumstances, the TV series has a real-life successor. It is the New Zealand House of Representatives. The theatre on our 52nd Parliament’s opening day was highly entertaining. And it made for better TV than any fictional stories about US Presidents ever could. The plot was genius: An opposition pretending it had a majority in the House due to absences on the government benches. To be clear, it was a legitimate try. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
10 November, 2017
Switzerland night

Swiss lessons in subsidiarity

To put it mildly, the three parties forming the new government are diverse. Their philosophies do not always overlap. Their electorates have little in common. Their histories are not without tension.Yet there is one area on which Labour, NZ First and the Greens are not only in alignment. It is also an issue which differentiates them from National.I am talking about subsidiarity.Subsidiarity means that problems should be solved at the lowest possible level. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
3 November, 2017
Reserve Bank of NZ

Monetary window-dressing

Judging by its coalition agreements, the new Government’s unofficial motto is not to do everything differently but to do a lot of things better.But not every change is for the better. Sometimes, even well-intentioned changes are just window-dressing. The review of the Reserve Bank’s policy targets is the best example.Under its mandate, the Reserve Bank has one primary role: to keep prices stable. This so-called ‘inflation targeting’ was introduced in 1989. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
27 October, 2017
Globe1

Congratulations, New Zealand

Almost a month after the election, New Zealand is about to have a new government. Yes, other countries take longer to negotiate coalitions. But it was the uncertainty arising from parallel negotiations which made our post-election haggling an agony. It is good it is over. Congratulations to Prime Minister-designate Jacinda Ardern. Coming out of relative obscurity, she had promised the campaign of her life. She delivered it. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
20 October, 2017
Wellington city

Changing New Zealand's government

It is Friday, 13 October and I am not writing about the coalition talks.We would have hoped to have a new government by now. But good things take time. And deciding on the new government is a serious task for the board of a minor party.So let’s stop criticising New Zealand First for the time they take to tell us who our next Prime Minister is. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
13 October, 2017
German flag

MMP for beginners

When I am commenting on the New Zealand election, I have an unfair advantage. Having grown up in a country that has been practising MMP for almost seven decades, I am well versed in it.For me, MMP is like riding a bike. You never forget how it works, even though I spent some time in the relative sanity of first-past-the-post democracies. Or, to use an even more appropriate image, MMP is like one’s mother tongue.You see, even though I left... Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
The National Business Review
29 September, 2017

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