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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

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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

From good to great

At the beginning of 2017, New Zealand finds itself probably in the best position it has been in for decades. Key figures like economic growth, unemployment and inflation show a country in great shape. The government’s finances are in good shape, and a majority of New Zealanders believe the country is broadly going in the right direction. Compared internationally, New Zealand fares well. On many international rankings, we appear at or near the top. Read more

Roger Partridge
Insights Newsletter
20 January, 2017

John Key: the quiet achiever

When assessing John Key’s legacy, context is critical.Key came into office in late 2008 in the midst of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. By that time, the New Zealand economy was already in recession, with Treasury projecting sharply rising unemployment and persistent budget deficits.In response to the GFC, governments around the world embarked on Keynesian-style stimuli, of epic proportions. Whether it was Obama’s cash for clunkers, or Rudd’s pink batts programme, the preferred prescription was to spend... Read more

Roger Partridge
Insights Newsletter
9 December, 2016

Why the unitary plan is soiled

In George Orwell’s dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, the tyrannical state develops an artificial language called Newspeak to align thought and action with the ideology of the Party. Its aim is to entrench the tyranny of the Party by making other modes of thought impossible. Read more

Roger Partridge
The National Business Review
14 October, 2016
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Denial is not a river in Africa

It is said that if something is not broken you should not try to fix it. Fair enough. But what if it only appears to be working? What if it is wasting away below the surface and you just don’t see it happening? Or at least not until it is too late? It is a common story. Doctors see it every day with cancer patients. Pancreatic cancer is even called the silent killer. And it’s not just cancer. Read more

Roger Partridge
The National Business Review
23 September, 2016
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Waking up from the urban planning nightmare

We are all familiar with nightmares. They can be terrifying. Our subconscious has an evil knack of drilling into our deepest insecurities. And the images it throws up can be so vivid and so real our unconscious mind may be unable to tell whether we are awake or merely dreaming. The loss of something precious, the inability to escape from danger, and even (so I am told) appearing in public naked – all these can be the subject of our... Read more

Roger Partridge
The National Business Review
26 August, 2016

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