Auckland highway

Challenges stack up for super minister

In the new cabinet, Phil Twyford stands out as the minister with the most challenging mandate. Combining housing and transport in one person has created a superminister in charge of all aspects of urban development.If Mr Twyford succeeds, he will not only bolster Labour’s chances of re-election. He will also shape the face of the country for decades to come.At the risk of oversimplification, New Zealand’s urban growth model at best has been a model to accommodate growth, not facilitate it. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
The National Business Review
17 November, 2017
data electronics

The tension between regulation and technology

What is New Zealand's track record with regulation keeping up with technology and are we getting it right?Radio New Zealand's Nine To Noon profiles Dr Eric Crampton's latest report, Analog Regulation, Digital World. Read more

Radio New Zealand
16 November, 2017

Media release: Barbara Chapman joins The New Zealand Initiative’s Board of Directors

Wellington (14 November 2017): The New Zealand Initiative today announced that Barbara Chapman, Chief Executive and Managing Director of ASB Bank, has joined the think tank’s Board of Directors. “We are delighted Barbara has agreed to join our board,” said Roger Partridge, The New Zealand Initiative’s Chairman. “After seven years leading one of New Zealand’s largest and most respected companies, she brings a wealth of experience about what is needed to build a more prosperous New Zealand for all New... Read more

Media release
14 November, 2017

Media release: TPP APEC talks today – Lagging NZ needs to be more open

Wellington (10 November 2017): “The TPP APEC talks in Vietnam today are reportedly 'down to the wire.' Yet while the TPP commentary focuses on trade, we should also learn about foreign direct investment from APEC host Vietnam,” says The New Zealand Initiative’s Senior Fellow Dr Bryce Wilkinson. “In 1997, Vietnam had the most restrictive FDI regime of all 45 countries measured by the OECD. Its score was almost three times New Zealand’s. Read more

Media release
10 November, 2017
data electronics

Analog Regulation, Digital World

New Zealand has always had to run a little faster than everyone else just to keep up.Too small to rely on its own internal markets, and too distant to profit from tight integration with larger neighbours, New Zealand has had to compete by being nimble. And so it has developed some of the world’s best policy settings.New Zealand is consistently at or near the top of the rankings for overall economic freedom and ease of doing business.But where the internet’s... Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
The National Business Review
10 November, 2017
technology

Analog Regulation, Digital World

Which moves faster: technology, or the regulation that tries to keep up with it? New Zealand’s ability to adapt to new technology depends on whether our regulations can keep pace. We have always faced the twin tyrannies of size and distance. We are small and remote.  If our rules hold back adoption of new technology, we can add a third tyranny to the list: being out of date. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
10 November, 2017
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Why NCEA would be a good place for paternalism

My dad just refitted his small cottage kitchen. He is over 6ft tall, so wanted the worktops raised 6 inches, precluding his need to bend. However, his circumstances may change. Aside from his possible shrinking, he might one day want to sell the house, or even welcome a ‘lady-friend’ who is less than 6ft tall. Needless to say, after acknowledging the trade-offs, a worktop compromise has been made. Read more

Briar Lipson
Insights Newsletter
10 November, 2017
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Our very own House of Cards

As House of Cards is ending in sad circumstances, the TV series has a real-life successor. It is the New Zealand House of Representatives. The theatre on our 52nd Parliament’s opening day was highly entertaining. And it made for better TV than any fictional stories about US Presidents ever could. The plot was genius: An opposition pretending it had a majority in the House due to absences on the government benches. To be clear, it was a legitimate try. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
10 November, 2017

Media release: Keep up with technology or be left behind

Wellington (9 November 2017): New Zealand will not only be small and distant from the rest of the world, but also years behind if regulations do not keep up with technological change.The New Zealand Initiative and InternetNZ today released their report Analog Regulation, Digital World on the state of regulation facing the technology sector. The report finds a few successes and many opportunities for improvement.Said report co-author and Initiative Chief Economist Dr Eric Crampton, “New Zealand’s public service is one of... Read more

Media release
9 November, 2017
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Analog Regulation, Digital World

The Challenge. Which moves faster: technology, or the regulation that tries to keep up with it? It is common knowledge that the pace of technological change is always increasing. But our country’s ability to adapt to new technology depends on whether our regulations can keep pace. If they cannot, then we will get left behind.New Zealand has always faced the twin tyrannies of size and distance. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
James Ting-Edwards
9 November, 2017

Media release: Government needs to open New Zealand to investment, not close it

Wellington (7 November 2017): As Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Trade Minister David Parker head for the APEC meeting and the East Asia Summit, The New Zealand Initiative welcomes the Government’s commitment to free trade agreements. But the think tank warns that New Zealand will likely fall further behind as a destination for foreign investment (FDI) if the Government pursues its policy intentions. Read more

Media release
7 November, 2017

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