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Annual Report 2016

2016 was another successful year for The New Zealand Initiative. This Annual Report summarises our achievements over 2016. Once again we produced thought-provoking research, held well-attended events and had a strong presence in the media. Read more

13 March, 2017
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The New New Zealanders: Why migrants make good Kiwis

New Zealand is widely regarded as a unique place, renowned for its natural beauty, culture, economic freedom, and quality of life. Immigration has played an important part in achieving this outcome. Simply by moving here, immigrants have helped shaped the forces that make up modern New Zealand. Read more

Dr Rachel Hodder
Jason Krupp
30 January, 2017
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The Inequality Paradox: Why inequality Matters Even Though it has Barely Changed

There is an inequality paradox in New Zealand. Despite increasingly frequent newspaper headlines on inequality, the data shows that inequality in income and inequality in consumption have not changed substantially for at least a decade. However, this does not mean we need to forget about it and move on – far from it. And this is the inequality paradox. Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
Jenesa Jeram
18 October, 2016
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Decade of Debt: The Cost of Interest-free Student Loans

Just over a decade ago, the government stopped charging interest on student loans. Before 2006, student loan debt drew interest after the borrower left school. The Labour-led government argued that loan repayment times were burdensome for too many graduates. And so, from 2006, student loan debt would carry no interest until the loan was repaid. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Khyaati Acharya
18 August, 2016
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Signal Loss: What we know about school performance

It is hard to improve without knowing what better and worse performance look like. Teachers grade students, but who grades the graders? And how can we tell whether the school system as a whole is doing well? This report, the first in a series of three examining performance and improvement in the school system, begins to answer these questions. Read more

Martine Udahemuka
29 June, 2016
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Deadly Heritage

Wellington’s heritage buildings make the city beautiful, but dangerous. This joint report by Deloitte New Zealand and The New Zealand Initiative looks for ways that Wellington can balance earthquake readiness and sensitivity to the city’s heritage character. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Linda Meade
19 May, 2016
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The Health of the State

What are lifestyle regulations? This report uses the term ‘lifestyle regulation’ to refer to the range of policies designed to change behaviour based on what policymakers believe is for our own good. Many of these policies focus on public health issues. They include rules around alcohol advertising, limits to where you can light up a cigarette, taxes to pay on products policymakers deem harmful, and public campaigns to establish socially acceptable behaviour. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
21 April, 2016
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The Local Formula: Myths, Facts & Challenges

All citizens and businesses interact with local government on a regular basis, either through the services they consume or the infrastructure they use. These authorities build and maintain local roads, provide potable and waste water infrastructure, pick up rubbish, and act as agents for resource use and the environment. In an ideal world, local government would provide the infrastructure and services when the benefits outweigh the costs. Yet this is not an ideal world. Read more

Jason Krupp
1 December, 2015

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