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Unlearn this

Going to sleep at night, in bed with a hot water bottle and a teddy bear, it is comforting to know that somewhere some academic is toiling away, advancing the frontiers of knowledge. Associate Professor Ranjit Voola of the University of Sydney Business School has done this. He has announced that business must "unlearn" the purpose of business. According to reports, he said that business must stop its sole devotion to maximising shareholder value. Read more

Richard Baker
Insights Newsletter
13 October, 2017

Media release: The New Zealand Initiative Welcomes Wellington City Council Proposal For City Accord

Wellington (12 October 2017): Whatever government forms after coalition negotiations should listen to Wellington City Council’s proposal for a Wellington City Accord, says The New Zealand Initiative. Official Information Act requests today revealed that Wellington City Council has asked the government for expanded powers for the city, whether through a City Accord modelled on Greater Manchester’s City Deal, or through a Special Economic Zone. In 2015, the Initiative’s report In The Zone: Creating a Toolbox for Regional Prosperity proposed Special... Read more

Media Release
12 October, 2017
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Wellington's bid to become a Special Economic Zone

Alison Mau interviews Eric Crampton on RadioLIVE about Wellington City Council's request for expanded powers for the city. Whether through a City Accord modelled on Greater Manchester’s City Deal, or through a Special Economic Zone. Eric refers in his interview to our 2015 report In The Zone: Creating a Toolbox for Regional Prosperity in which we proposed Special Economic Zones as a way of devolving power to local authorities prepared to take on greater responsibility. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
RadioLIVE
12 October, 2017
Vote

Who likes MMP now?

For those of us who think elections should be about policies and not about politics, MMP presents a special kind of purgatory.It is one day short of a fortnight since the election but are we any closer to knowing the result? And this despite Bill English’s National Party winning a higher share of the votes in the preliminary results than John Key achieved in 2008.Indeed, National under Mr English gained a higher share of the preliminary vote than any party... Read more

Roger Partridge
The National Business Review
6 October, 2017
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A briefing for the incoming government

We do not know what government will form after party negotiations move past the Phoney War stage.But we do know the problems facing any incoming government.And so here is our very brief Briefing for the Incoming Government.Fixing housing must be the incoming government’s highest priority as the housing crisis underlies many other problems, from hardship and inequality to difficulties in hiring teachers in Auckland.Sustainably improving housing supply requires aligning local government incentives with the national interest. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
6 October, 2017
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Thinking critically about New Zealand's latest prize

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, New Zealand leads the world in ‘educating for the future’.Their latest index, compiled in London, evaluates the extent to which the inputs to education systems prioritise ‘future skills’. New Zealand came out top, followed closely by Canada and Finland.But is this a prize we should be proud of?The Economist’s intelligentsia tells us that ‘workers of the future will need to master a suite of adaptable interpersonal, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills’.The language of future-focused skills... Read more

Briar Lipson
Insights Newsletter
6 October, 2017
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Me, myself, and you

A solipsist is a person who believes that only they exist. For a solipsist, the external world only exists through their perception of it. When two solipsists meet, there is always silence. They wonder which one of them is a figment of the other’s imagination. Solipsists are self-centred. The external world exists only to serve their purposes.A remarkable example of New Zealand political solipsism occurred last week. Read more

Richard Baker
Insights Newsletter
6 October, 2017
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Sam Warburton looks at the figures and says something worrying is happening on our roads

New Zealand is on track to have its fourth consecutive rise in the road toll this year. In raw numbers, 206 car occupants have died so far this year, already exceeding the entire year’s totals for each of 2013 and 2014. Even adjusting for increased travel, the chance of car occupants dying on our roads is up 12% on 2016 and 41% on 2013. Are we getting the balance right between safety and other factors such as travel time and... Read more

Interest
30 September, 2017
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MMP for beginners

When I am commenting on the New Zealand election, I have an unfair advantage. Having grown up in a country that has been practising MMP for almost seven decades, I am well versed in it.For me, MMP is like riding a bike. You never forget how it works, even though I spent some time in the relative sanity of first-past-the-post democracies. Or, to use an even more appropriate image, MMP is like one’s mother tongue.You see, even though I left... Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
The National Business Review
29 September, 2017

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