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'Cycle of disadvantage' blamed for high numbers claiming benefits

Mike Hosking interviews Bryce Wilkinson about his new report 'Welfare, Work and Wellbeing: From Benefits to Better Lives.' The report shows 10 per cent of our working age population are on a main welfare benefit, compared with just two per cent in the 1970's. Bryce Wilkinson explains it is definitely associated with a big growth in sole parent families. Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
Mike Hosking Breakfast - Newstalk ZB
28 November, 2017

Kiwis optimistic about 2018

A new survey shows New Zealanders are very optimistic about 2018. The Roy Morgan survey shows 53% of New Zealanders think it will be better than 2017 and that compares with Australia where just 31% think next year will be be an improvement on this one. The survey was conducted by text mid November - the first time it's been done since 2009, when 73% of people were more optimistic about the year following. Dr Eric Crampton discusses the findings.  Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Sunday Morning Radio New Zealand
26 November, 2017
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The tension between regulation and technology

What is New Zealand's track record with regulation keeping up with technology and are we getting it right?Radio New Zealand's Nine To Noon profiles Dr Eric Crampton's latest report, Analog Regulation, Digital World. Read more

Radio New Zealand
16 November, 2017

Media release: Barbara Chapman joins The New Zealand Initiative’s Board of Directors

Wellington (14 November 2017): The New Zealand Initiative today announced that Barbara Chapman, Chief Executive and Managing Director of ASB Bank, has joined the think tank’s Board of Directors. “We are delighted Barbara has agreed to join our board,” said Roger Partridge, The New Zealand Initiative’s Chairman. “After seven years leading one of New Zealand’s largest and most respected companies, she brings a wealth of experience about what is needed to build a more prosperous New Zealand for all New... Read more

Media release
14 November, 2017

Media release: TPP APEC talks today – Lagging NZ needs to be more open

Wellington (10 November 2017): “The TPP APEC talks in Vietnam today are reportedly 'down to the wire.' Yet while the TPP commentary focuses on trade, we should also learn about foreign direct investment from APEC host Vietnam,” says The New Zealand Initiative’s Senior Fellow Dr Bryce Wilkinson. “In 1997, Vietnam had the most restrictive FDI regime of all 45 countries measured by the OECD. Its score was almost three times New Zealand’s. Read more

Media release
10 November, 2017

Media release: Keep up with technology or be left behind

Wellington (9 November 2017): New Zealand will not only be small and distant from the rest of the world, but also years behind if regulations do not keep up with technological change.The New Zealand Initiative and InternetNZ today released their report Analog Regulation, Digital World on the state of regulation facing the technology sector. The report finds a few successes and many opportunities for improvement.Said report co-author and Initiative Chief Economist Dr Eric Crampton, “New Zealand’s public service is one of... Read more

Media release
9 November, 2017

Media release: Government needs to open New Zealand to investment, not close it

Wellington (7 November 2017): As Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Trade Minister David Parker head for the APEC meeting and the East Asia Summit, The New Zealand Initiative welcomes the Government’s commitment to free trade agreements. But the think tank warns that New Zealand will likely fall further behind as a destination for foreign investment (FDI) if the Government pursues its policy intentions. Read more

Media release
7 November, 2017

Media release: The New Zealand Initiative welcomes Phil Twyford’s approach to Auckland’s growth

Wellington (6 November 2017): Since becoming the Housing and Transport Minister, Mr Twyford has underlined his intention to simplify planning rules, abolish the rural urban boundary, let Auckland grow up and out, and move towards road pricing.Commenting on Phil Twyford’s statements, the Initiative’s Executive Director Dr Oliver Hartwich said: “The appointment of Phil Twyford as Housing and Transport Minister in the Labour-led government is a breath of fresh air. Read more

Media release
6 November, 2017

Better relations all round

This article originally appeared in the October 2017 edition of Seafood New Zealand magazine, available here. Read more

Seafood New Zealand
31 October, 2017

Media release: Why New Zealand should go Swiss

Wellington (30 October 2017): As the new Labour/NZ First Government pushes for stronger regional development, New Zealand should learn from the country that does regional development best. And that country is Switzerland, argues a new report by think tank The New Zealand Initiative. In May this year, a group of 36 senior business leaders representing about a quarter of New Zealand GDP visited Switzerland. The New Zealand Initiative, which organised this delegation, now outlines the learnings in its report Go Swiss. Read more

Media release
30 October, 2017

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