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Dr Oliver Hartwich - The year that was 2016

2016 has delivered some immense political shocks, raising the question just why are our politicians and institutions, and everything we once trusted, now so on the nose? To analyse this and to offer some expert forecast, Phillip Adams is joined by Greg Sheridan from the Australian, Laura Tingle from the Australian Financial Review, Dr Oliver Hartwich from the think tank The New Zealand Initiative and Beatrix Campbell, British journalist, author and playwright. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
ABC Late Night Live Radio
8 December, 2016

Media Release: Compensating live organ donors bill a win for New Zealand

Wellington (1 December 2016): The New Zealand Initiative is delighted that Chris Bishop’s bill compensating live organ donors passed its third reading yesterday.Dr Eric Crampton, Head of Research with the Initiative, said “This bill will help overcome substantial financial barriers that prevent a lot of people from donating organs. It will make a real difference in their lives.”The Initiative submitted on the Bill, arguing that donor compensation should be at 100% of lost earnings rather than 80%. Read more

Media Release
1 December, 2016

Dr Bryce Wilkinson talks tax cuts

The Prime Minister and Finance Minister are keeping tax cuts on the agenda, despite not knowing the cost of last week's earthquakes. Economist Bryce Wilkinson from the New Zealand Initiative says tax cuts must be able to be fund. The Salvation Army researcher Alan Johnson says we need to look at other deficits first. Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
Radio New Zealand
22 November, 2016

Media Release: NZ Initiative applauds Human Rights Commission Report

Wellington (7 November 2016): The New Zealand Initiative welcomes and supports The Human Rights Commission’s call for greater protection for citizen’s property rights in New Zealand” said executive director, Dr Oliver Hartwich. The Initiative’s Head of Research, Dr Eric Crampton, adds, “The NZHRC’s reminder that property rights are human rights could not have a better exemplar than the Christchurch Red Zone. The stories the Commission has gathered are compelling. Read more

7 November, 2016

Media release: Changes must be made to address soaring student debt

Wellington (28 September 2016): The way we financially support students through tertiary education must be changed, says public policy think tank The New Zealand Initiative, following the announcement that the amount owed in default payments by overseas borrowers now exceeds the $1 billion mark.Having zero interest on domestic-based loans was a way of discouraging borrowers from moving abroad, but as we surpass this milestone it can hardly be called a success.The Dominion Post article (27 September 2016) quotes Labour MP Chris Hipkins saying... Read more

28 September, 2016

Media release: Doing well while doing good: compensating live organ donors will save lives and money

Wellington (21 September 2016): The New Zealand Initiative has offered its enthusiastic support for Chris Bishop’s member’s bill that will improve the compensation provided to live organ donors. The Initiative’s Head of Research, Dr Eric Crampton, said, “Every live kidney transplant saves the government over $120,000 compared to leaving someone on dialysis. But the current system makes these donors face substantial out-of-pocket costs for time spent in recuperation.” “These costs especially hit lower income families, who are both more likely to need transplants... Read more

21 September, 2016

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