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

Media release
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

Media Release
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

Media Release
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

Media Release
20 July, 2017
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Book Review: Smart Markets for Water Resources

The New Zealand Initiative's Chief Economist, Dr Eric Crampton, gives us his review of John Raffensperger and Mark Milke's book "Smart markets for Water Resources". Dr Crampton helped to launch this book at the University of Canterbury on Tuesday 18 July.To read more on the research the Initiative will be undertaking on water management, read our Research Plan 2017-2020. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
19 July, 2017
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The New Zealand Initiative releases three-year research plan

 The New Zealand Initiative has released its new research plan for 2017 through to 2020.The aim is the same as our previous research plans – to shape the policy agenda and tackle the big issues facing our country. Our team will continue to undertake in-depth research into what we see as the country’s biggest issues. These include housing, local government and education.The Initiative will also branch out into new areas of research focusing on healthcare, infrastructure and freshwater management. Read more

Media Release
17 July, 2017

Media Release: Special Economic Zones - an initiative worth trying

The New Zealand Initiative has welcomed news that Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are still under consideration by the Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges. We also note that government documents released under the Official Information Act show that Ministers Bill English and Steven Joyce were supportive of the proposal.In 2015, the Initiative released In the Zone: Creating a Toolbox for Regional Prosperity. Our research found that New Zealand’s centralism provides little room for regional policy innovation.In the Zone called for New Zealand to consider... Read more

Media Release
13 July, 2017

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