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New measure for NCEA

NCEA completion rates have been increasing, with more children than ever earning an NCEA diploma, but New Zealand’s performance on international benchmarks in numeracy and literacy has been flat or declining. Co-author Eric Crampton discusses on Radio Ngati Porou our new report Score! Transforming NCEA Data, in which he argues that we need better student performance measures than NCEA completion rates. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Radio Ngati Porou
14 March, 2018

Lifting educational achievement requires better measurement

Wellington (12 March 2018): At the same time as NCEA completion rates have been increasing, with more children than ever earning an NCEA diploma, New Zealand’s performance on international benchmarks in numeracy and literacy has been flat or declining. Read more

Media release
13 March, 2018

Stop predicting the future (and go back to work)

If there is one lesson from our species’ past, it is that we are not very good at thinking about the future. This is irrespective of our personal inclination toward optimism or pessimism. It has little to with our political leanings. And it is independent of upbringing and education.The problem with forecasting the future lies in the human habit of linear thinking. It is deeply engrained within us. When we think of tomorrow, we imagine an amplified version of today. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
The National Business Review
9 March, 2018
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Peter Costello about the keys to economic success

Mike Hosking interviews Hon Peter Costello AC, our keynote speaker for the Retreat dinner on Thursday 8 March. They discuss the state of Australian politics, the relation between New Zealand and Australia and the keys to economic success for a country. Read more

Peter Costello
Newstalk ZB - Mike Hosking Breakfast
8 March, 2018

Report: NCEA failing too many students

Kathryn Ryan speaks with Briar Lipson about her new education report, Spoiled by Choice. The report is calling for a reform of NCEA because it is failing too many students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Too many young people are taking an easy path through qualifications, leaving school without the necessary skills. The report outlines that since the early 2000s, the country's 15-year-olds' reading and maths skills have declined, while NCEA pass rates have risen dramatically.  Read more

Briar Lipson
Nine To Noon - Radio New Zealand
5 March, 2018

Media release: NCEA failing disadvantaged students

Wellington (4 March 2018): The New Zealand Initiative’s newest report Spoiled by Choice analyses the history and evolution of NCEA; and its impact on students, teachers and end-users. 15 years of sustained decline in our students’ performance in PISA assessments testifies to NCEA’s negative unintended consequences. The report identifies solutions that can be easily implemented within the terms of the NCEA review. “NCEA might be good for self-esteem, but it is failing too many students - particularly disadvantaged students - and... Read more

Media release
4 March, 2018

Why a sugar tax won't reduce obesity

37 Documents released under the OIA reveal a Ministry of Health deeply skeptical about sugar taxes. The internal advice within the Ministry highlighted the same problems with sugar taxes as we mentioned in our 2016 report The Health of the State. Eric Crampton explains on Newstalk ZB why a sugar tax won't reduce obesity in New Zealand.  Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Mike Hosking Breakfast - Newstalk ZB
2 March, 2018

Media release: Ministry of Health: “No evidence that sugar taxes reduce obesity or obesity-related illness.”

Wellington (1 March 2018): Documents released under the Official Information Act reveal a Ministry of Health deeply sceptical about sugar taxes. In October 2017, the Initiative requested all advice provided by the Ministry to then Minister Jonathan Coleman regarding sugar taxes, as well as internal briefing documents and correspondence. The documents released to the Initiative this week show that the Ministry’s advice to Minister Coleman was that there is “insufficient evidence that a sugar tax would be effective in reducing obesity.”... Read more

Media release
1 March, 2018
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Oliver Hartwich discusses KiwiBuild

The Government's flagship policy to deliver low-cost homes to first time buyers could be a fail on the affordability front, according to its own ministry officials. Documents released under the Official Information Act reveal KiwiBuild apartments and houses to be priced up to $600,000 in Auckland could still be well out of reach of their target market. Mark Sainsbury speaks to Oliver Hartwich about KiwiBuild. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Mark Sainsbury - RadioLIVE
26 February, 2018

Media release: New Zealand Initiative lauds changes at the Earthquake Commission

Wellington (23 February 2018): The New Zealand Initiative welcomes the government’s willingness to make necessary changes at the Earthquake Commission. Today, Chair of the EQC Board, Sir Maarten Wevers, announced his resignation. Minister Woods signalled changes to come at EQC. “The Earthquake Commission needs a fresh start. We cannot again have outcomes like those experienced in the Christchurch earthquakes, and that continue even today with far too many unresolved claims seven years after the earthquake. Read more

Media release
23 February, 2018

Eric Crampton discusses the economics of ticket scalping

Celine Dion's two Auckland shows have sold out, thanks to ticket scalpers. General release tickets went on sale midday Monday and sold out hours later, with tickets appearing on resale sites immediately at double the price. Eric Crampton talks to Kate Hawkesby on Newstalk ZB about the economics of ticket scalping. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Early Edition - Newstalk ZB
20 February, 2018

Media release: Sugar taxes unlikely to improve health

Wellington (2 February 2018): A review of sugar taxes commissioned from NZIER by the Ministry of Health, released this week under the Official Information Act, finds that sugar taxes are unlikely to improve health outcomes.   The report finds that: Read more

Media release
2 February, 2018

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