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Video: Hopes for the future of New Zealand's recreational fishing

In this short video, Sir Mark Solomon, Chris McKenzie, Geoff Rowling, Margaret Wind and the Initiative's Dr Randall Bess discuss their hopes for the future of New Zealand's fishing experience and how we can learn from Western Australia - who have turned their recreational fisheries around. Read more

17 August, 2017

Media Release: A big step towards smoke-free New Zealand

The New Zealand Initiative welcomes the Government’s announcement to establish a pre-market approval system for smokeless tobacco and nicotine-delivery products.Policy Analyst Jenesa Jeram says it is a welcome development to the public conversation on tobacco control.“While legalising e-cigarettes was an important first step, it was clear from the start that legislation would struggle to keep pace with technological change. These new smokeless tobacco and nicotine-delivery products have the potential to be even more effective or attractive to smokers wanting to quit.”“As recent... Read more

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2 August, 2017

Media Release: Money no excuse for the Government to not protect recreational fisheries ​

The Government must take its head out of the water and urgently act to protect New Zealand’s recreational fisheries, before our fishing way of life is lost.Around 600,000 people fish each year in New Zealand, but this pastime is under threat with increases in New Zealand’s population and tourism numbers and increasing competition with commercial fishers for limited fisheries resources. Money should be no object in the Government acting with all fishing sectors to achieve this. The New Zealand Initiative’s consultation... Read more

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1 August, 2017

Media release: Incomes report demonstrates housing crisis

The Ministry of Social Development’s (MSD) Household Incomesreport demonstrates the critical importance of solving New Zealand’s housing shortage.The MSD’s report demonstrates that real incomes have increased in New Zealand, and that this increase in real incomes is broadly shared across different parts of the income distribution. Since 1993, income growth for those at the twentieth percentile has been identical to income growth at the middle, and income growth at the ninetieth percentile.The report also contrasts New Zealand’s performance with that in... Read more

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25 July, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE: A breakthrough for housing affordability

Wellington (23 July 2017): The New Zealand Initiative congratulates the Government on its new mechanism for delivering local infrastructure – not least because it follows a recommendation the Initiative first made in 2013. The Government has just announced it will rename Crown Fibre Holdings into Crown Infrastructure Partners. The new entity will deliver new trunk infrastructure through special purpose vehicles. In this way, infrastructure costs will be recovered through special rates over the lifecycle of the infrastructure assets. Read more

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23 July, 2017

Media Release: LGNZ Manifesto – an important step for empowering our local councils

Wellington (23 July 2017): The release of Local Government New Zealand’s (LGNZ) 2017 Local Government Manifesto calls for councils to have more of the responsibility to create stronger, vibrant and more prosperous communities.Since 2012, the role of local government has been a core research topic for The New Zealand Initiative. Across six research reports, the Initiative has published recommendations on strengthening local government, promoting local democracy and devolving government services. “Localism is more than just local government,” says Dr Oliver Hartwich, The New Zealand Initiative’s Executive Director. Read more

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23 July, 2017
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Media Release: Land use restrictions caused the housing crisis

Wellington (20 July 2017): Superu’s report on land use planning confirms what The New Zealand Initiative has been saying since 2012. Restrictions on land use have driven Auckland’s housing crisis. And restoring housing affordability requires fixing land use planning. Superu today released a report showing that land use restrictions are responsible for over half of the current cost of housing in Auckland. Restrictive regulations drive up land prices and are the primary cause of unaffordable housing. Said Initiative Executive Director Oliver Hartwich, “We knew that... Read more

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20 July, 2017

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