Are our tax dollars being well spent?

Our new report Fit for Purpose? Are Kiwis getting the government they pay for? looks into whether taxpayers are getting value for the tax dollars spent. It also compares productivity to how much money the government spends on core sectors such as education and health. Wallace Chapman interviews author Bryce Wilkinson about these and other findings in his report. Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
Radio NZ - Sunday Morning
30 September, 2018

Media release: Fair Pay Agreements too risky to rush

Wellington (21 September 2018): The New Zealand Initiative warned today that government must heed Treasury’s warnings about rushing Fair Pay Agreements. This week, Treasury released its advice about the upcoming Cabinet Paper proposing Fair Pay Agreements. Treasury warns that the Cabinet paper provides no evidence that industry- or occupation-wide bargaining could solve problems identified in the Cabinet paper. It also warns that other countries’ experiences point to substantial potential problems: low-skilled workers can be hurt, as can small and new... Read more

Media release
21 September, 2018

Media release: Evidence of huge government waste

Wellington (18 September 2018): “Government is achieving poor outcomes for New Zealanders relative to the resources it is using.” That is the key message in the report Fit for Purpose? Are Kiwis getting the government they pay for?, released today by The New Zealand Initiative. “The smoking gun is the systemic lack of focus on value for money – that is productivity,” said Dr Bryce Wilkinson, author of the report and Senior Fellow at The New Zealand Initiative. Read more

Media release
18 September, 2018
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"Government spending going to waste"

Bryce Wilkinson finds in his new report Fit for Purpose? Are Kiwis getting the government they pay for? one in three dollars the Government spends is not resulting in any measurable outcome.Bryce tells Mike Hosking education funding often gets spent in what it says are the wrong places."To have all of those years of schooling and have such inadequate progress, the question has to be asked what more can be done, or how can it be done better." Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
Newstalk ZB - Mike Hosking Breakfast
18 September, 2018

Uncertainty over sugar tax report details

A sugar tax would generate millions in revenue and save lives, the Prime Minister has been told.The briefing from the Ministry of Health's chief science advisor Dr John Potter was given at Jacinda Ardern's request.Eric Crampton tells Mike Hosking there a few important details missing in the report."It's hard to tell to tell how much of this is new work and how much of it was from prior studies." Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Newstalk ZB - Mike Hosking Breakfast
13 September, 2018
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Have your say: What is good public policy in New Zealand?

Once Natanael Rother, our visiting Research Fellow from think-tank Avenir Suisse, returns home to Switzerland, he will be writing a short publication about his time in New Zealand and what he thinks Switzerland can learn from us.His goal is to find as many examples as possible of good policy that has been implemented in New Zealand. Some of the things Natanael likes, from an economist point of view, is the basic direction of our agriculture policy, and social investment.So, he... Read more

7 September, 2018
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Vacancy: Research Fellow

The New Zealand Initiative, New Zealand’s leading public policy think tank, is seeking an economist to join our research team. This position will suit a person with a strong interest in promoting market-based solutions for public policy. The full-time position is based in Wellington. Read more

23 August, 2018
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Auckland fuel tax: what will improve?

Auckland's regional fuel tax has been in place since the beginning of the month. The extra funds raised are intended to help fund transport projects around the region over the coming decade. But what about the citywide discrepancies in who gets what? Bike Auckland's Barbara Cuthbert, Auckland's Manukau councillor Efeso Collins and the Initiative's Sam Warburton, discuss the issues. Read more

Radio New Zealand
22 July, 2018
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Media Release: Bringing government back to the people

Wellington (15 July 2018): Instead of relying on central government to decide what is good for our communities it is time to empower councils and communities themselves to make such decisions, Local Government New Zealand and The New Zealand Initiative say.LGNZ and the Initiative have today presented their Localism project. Together, they call for devolution and decentralisation in the way New Zealand is run.Releasing a joint position statement this afternoon, LGNZ President Dave Cull said New Zealand needs to restore... Read more

Media Release
15 July, 2018
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Oliver Hartwich about how Trump shocks European allies

Donald Trump's performance at the NATO summit has raised more questions than answers.Oliver Hartwich tells Andrew West on ABC Radio there's increasing uncertainty about the future of the trans-Atlantic alliance and other international agreements after the American president chastised Germany and other members countries. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Saturday Extra - ABC Radio National (Australia)
14 July, 2018

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