Media release: First they came for Irn Bru

Wellington (16 January 2018): The New Zealand Initiative is concerned that sugar tax advocates are misleading the public by pretending to punish manufacturers rather than consumers. Responding to renewed calls for a sugar tax, policy analyst Jenesa Jeram says there are still no grounds for introducing such a tax in New Zealand. Jeram says that trying to regulate the sugar content of sugary drinks, as University of Waikato researcher Dr Lynne Chepulis recommends, is likely to have unintended consequences. Read more

Media release
16 January, 2018

Media release: Taxpayers’ Union misses the bigger transport picture

Wellington (16 January 2018): The New Zealand Initiative's Sam Warburton says that Jordan Williams of the Taxpayers’ Union has overlooked bigger problems in transport funding in his claim that the National Land Transport Fund be limited only to roads.  “Apart from the contribution public transport can make to alleviating congestion, what Mr Williams’ argument misses is that much National Land Transport Fund expenditure is matched almost dollar-for-dollar by ratepayers,” said Warburton. Read more

Media release
16 January, 2018

"Stil no grounds for introducing sugar tax in New Zealand"

The call for a sugar tax has been strengthened by a new study of New Zealand's soft drinks which shows they contain more sugar than in other countries. Responding to renewed calls for a sugar tax, Jenesa Jeram discusses on Newstalk ZB there are still no grounds for introducing such a tax in New Zealand. Read more

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Larry Williams Drive - Newstalk ZB
16 January, 2018

Hosting America's Cup 'barely worth it'

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) admitted errors in its report on the economic benefits of hosting the America's Cup in Auckland. Its initial cost-to-benefit ratio estimate was between 1.8 and 1.2, meaning benefits would outweigh cost by between 80 and 20 percent. However, it revised this to a high of 1.14 and a low of 0.997. Sam Warburton, who reviewed MBIE's numbers, tells Larry Williams why “hosting the Cup in Auckland would be barely worth it." Read more

Larry Williams Drive - Newstalk ZB
22 December, 2017

Media release: Hosting America's Cup barely worth it, new figures show

Wellington (21 December 2017): The New Zealand Initiative welcomes today’s correction by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to its previous estimates of the economic benefits of hosting the America’s Cup. On 22 November 2017, MBIE released the results of its cost-benefit analysis. At the time, it concluded that the degree to which benefits exceed costs stood at between 1.2 and 1.8 (depending on a host of factors). These optimistic figures were widely reported in media. Read more

21 December, 2017
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Bryce Wilkinson on 1 News

The coalition Government says about 384,000 families will be better off by $75 a week under its families package.It's estimated 88,000 children's lives will be turned around by the flagship policy which will cost $5.5 billion over the next five years. Bryce Wilkinson talks to 1 News about this announcement. Read more

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1 News
14 December, 2017
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Dr Randall Bess discusses The Future Catch

How can we preserve our fisheries now and into the future?Our Research Fellow, Dr Randall Bess, talks to Breakfast's Jack Tame about his latest report, The Future Catch.Read The Future Catch here: Read more

Dr Randall Bess
TV1 Breakfast
5 December, 2017
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Randall Bess about the future of recreational fisheries

In his new report 'The Future Catch', Dr Randall Bess is calling for a peak body to be set up to influence policy around recreational fishing to ensure future generations will be able to fish. Duncan Garner interviews Dr Randall Bess on The AM Show about his recommendations.  Read more

Dr Randall Bess
The AM Show
5 December, 2017

Media release: New Zealand's recreational fishers deserve a better deal

Wellington (4 December 2017): New Zealand’s recreational fishing sector needs a representative peak body to bring all marine fishing interests together to engage with the Minister of Fisheries, the new Ministry of Fisheries and other fishing sectors.There are several options for funding such a peak body. The preferred one is the petrol excise duty that recreational boat-based fishers already pay and get little in the way of benefits. There are other options for funding that could come from fishers. Read more

Media release
4 December, 2017
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New Zealand's opportunity for recreational fishers

New Zealand has a great opportunity to improve the recreational fishing experience for current fishers and the next generation.Dr Andrew Rowland from Recfishwest in Western Australia outlines some of the key policy proposals from our latest report, The Future Catch.Read the report here: Read more

4 December, 2017

Media release: Government must address the cycle of disadvantage

Wellington (28 November 2017): New Zealand’s welfare state must get much better at helping people to realise their potential to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives.That is the key message in the report Welfare, Work and Wellbeing: From Benefits to Better Lives released today by The New Zealand Initiative.“More money can help, but it is not enough,” said Dr Bryce Wilkinson, author of the report and Senior Fellow at The New Zealand Initiative. Read more

Media release
28 November, 2017

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