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


Hosting America's Cup 'barely worth it'

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) admitted errors in its report on the economic benefits of hosting the America's Cup in Auckland. Its initial cost-to-benefit ratio estimate was between 1.8 and 1.2, meaning benefits would outweigh cost by between 80 and 20 percent. However, it revised this to a high of 1.14 and a low of 0.997. Sam Warburton, who reviewed MBIE's numbers, tells Larry Williams why “hosting the Cup in Auckland would be barely worth it." Read more

Larry Williams Drive - Newstalk ZB
22 December, 2017
Auckland highway

Sam Warburton looks at the figures and says something worrying is happening on our roads

New Zealand is on track to have its fourth consecutive rise in the road toll this year. In raw numbers, 206 car occupants have died so far this year, already exceeding the entire year’s totals for each of 2013 and 2014. Even adjusting for increased travel, the chance of car occupants dying on our roads is up 12% on 2016 and 41% on 2013. Are we getting the balance right between safety and other factors such as travel time and... Read more

30 September, 2017

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