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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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

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

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