Media release: New Zealand Initiative welcomes new fiscal watchdog

Wellington (17 May 2018): The New Zealand Initiative applauds today’s Budget 2018 announcement of an independent fiscal institution.  Associate Finance Minister James Shaw announced a new independent body to assess government forecasts and cost political party election promises. Consultation would commence in August.  We proposed a fiscal council in our 2014 report Guarding the Public Purse: Faster Growth, Greater Fiscal Discipline. We suggested it to be an Office of Parliament, as is Australia’s Parliamentary Budget Office. Read more

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17 May, 2018

Media release: Smokers deserve better options to help them quit

Wellington (10 May 2018): Youth uptake of smoking is declining, but more support is needed to help current smokers quit.A new report Smoke and Vapour: the changing world of tobacco harm reduction released by think tank The New Zealand Initiative describes the way e-cigarettes and other nicotine delivery products can contribute to tobacco harm reduction. This week the Ministry of Health publicly confirmed that these products can be lawfully imported, sold and distributed in New Zealand.The report, by Research Fellow... Read more

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11 May, 2018

Media release: Festival of Education comes to New Zealand

Wellington (9 May 2018): Are we teaching our children the best way possible? And if not, how does New Zealand’s teaching profession need to change? Those will be the fundamental questions posed to attendees of the first researchED conference which comes to Auckland on Saturday 2 June. The one-day festival of education by international education-improvement movement researchED aims to help educators become more evidence-facing and to raise research literacy in teaching. Read more

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9 May, 2018

Media release: Regulators need better governance to lift their game

Wellington (13 April 2018): Many of New Zealand’s most important regulatory agencies are performing poorly, research by think tank The New Zealand Initiative reveals.The Commerce Commission and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) showed poor results in the Initiative’s new study Who Guards the Guards? – Regulatory Governance in New Zealand. Meanwhile, the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) ranked high for its regulatory behaviour.The study, conducted by the Initiative’s chair Roger Partridge and research assistant Amy Thomasson, derives its findings from... Read more

Media release
13 April, 2018

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