Final Sam Warburton

Sam Warburton

Research Fellow

Sam joins The New Zealand Initiative after 13 years in the public service including the Ministries of Business, Innovation and Employment, Primary Industries, and Transport. He will initially be focusing on transport and infrastructure. Sam has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration with first class Honours from Victoria University, majoring in Economics and Public Policy.


Recent Work


Two RONS don’t make a right

A hard task for government is getting the books in order after a recession. A harder task is choosing how best to distribute tax revenue once stability is restored. The National Party’s Roads of National Significance (RONS) are a case in point. Started in 2009, the original RONS committed $12 billion to upgrade roads from two to four lanes and reduce travel times for freight operators. Read more

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25 August, 2017

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