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Roger Partridge


Roger Partridge is chairman and a co-founder of The New Zealand Initiative, and is a senior member of its research team. He led law firm Bell Gully as executive chairman from 2007 to 2014, after 16 years as a commercial litigation partner. Roger was executive director of the Legal Research Foundation, a charitable foundation associated with the University of Auckland, from 2001 to 2009, and was a member of the Council of the New Zealand Law Society, the governing body of the legal profession in New Zealand, from 2011 to 2015. He is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors, a member of the editorial board of the New Zealand Law Review and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society

Phone: +64 4 499 0790


Recent Work


Labour is back in the game, but does it have the right answers?

Two proposed taxes - on petrol and water - in her first week could have voters believing the new Leader of the Opposition has something against fluids. Any such fears, though, should have been relieved when Jacinda Ardern sent a tweet last week showing the contents of her liquor cabinet rival Winston Peters’. It was also a relief to hear one of the opposition parties talking about policies rather than personalities. And about policies that matter. Read more

Roger Partridge
Insights Newsletter
18 August, 2017
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Are Labour's dogma days over?

In ancient Greek, a dogma was something that simply seemed to be true. Today, of course, it has a more absolute meaning. Fanatics of whatever flavour hold their core dogmas sacred. If they belong to a cult that believes the true path lies in cupcake consumption, then they will consume cupcakes. And they will accept their dogma without question.Under its former leader, there was more than a little of this in Labour’s opposition to partnership schools. Read more

Roger Partridge
The National Business Review
11 August, 2017

Right and wrong in ComCom proposals

We all know two wrongs don’t make a right. But nor does getting something only half right. At least not when it is also half wrong.And that is precisely how we should view Commerce Minister Jacqui Dean’s announcement last week about proposed changes to the Commerce Act.She was right to rule out broadening s36 of the Commerce Act. But her proposal to grant the Commerce Commission powers to conduct proactive “market studies” is badly mistaken.Let’s start with s36. Read more

Roger Partridge
The National Business Review
7 July, 2017
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Unusual business in Switzerland

An unusual event took place among the leaders of New Zealand’s largest companies last week. Whether it was Air New Zealand’s Christopher Luxon, ASB Bank’s Barbara Chapman or delegation leader Fraser Whineray from Mercury, en masse they put aside their desk jobs to participate in The New Zealand Initiative’s week-long Go Swiss trip. Read more

Roger Partridge
The National Business Review
2 June, 2017

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
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What should it take to become a Kiwi?

I am married to an immigrant. It is not something I often need to confront. Sure, there are the annual visits by my much-loved mother-in-law, but you don’t need to wed a foreigner to enjoy that privilege. And as a young English lawyer, my wife seemed to assimilate easily enough with the locals. She quickly became one of us. Yet shortly before Christmas my beloved’s alien origins took centre-stage. Literally. Read more

Roger Partridge
Insights Newsletter
10 February, 2017

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