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All good Jedi

Now is the time for all good Jedi to come to the aid of their country.In the classic Cold War film, Dr Strangelove reminded us that it is pointless for a country to have a doomsday device if it is kept secret.While the Cold War ended more than a quarter century ago, turmoil has engulfed the international community.American taxation of trade routes to outlying countries like New Zealand is in dispute after it abandoned the Pacific’s Trade Federation.China’s National Assembly... Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
2 March, 2018

Media release: Well-intentioned targets must be followed by well-targeted actions

Wellington (30 January 2018): “We welcome the government’s focus on tracking the number of children in persistent poverty and hardship. However, setting multiple arbitrary targets for reducing child hardship is easier than actually helping people extricate themselves from their predicaments,” said Dr Oliver Hartwich, Executive Director of The New Zealand Initiative.   He was responding to the Government’s proposed Child Poverty Reduction Bill released this afternoon.   “The Initiative fully supports a strong government focus on reducing the hardship, abuse and... Read more

Media release
30 January, 2018
Bryce 1 News

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

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
1 News
14 December, 2017
Pensioner drinking

The death of NZ’s drinking culture

New Zealand’s drinking culture might be dying. Many signs are pointing that way. Youth hazardous drinking rates are down. National health spokesman Jonathan Coleman condemns binge-drinking events like Crate Day as a “throwback” to a past New Zealand should leave behind. And despite perfect beer drinking conditions across the country, New Zealanders seem to have confirmed this sentiment. The notorious annual binge drinking event, Crate Day, came and went without much drama. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
8 December, 2017

Breaking the cycle of disadvantage

Government welfare must do a better job of breaking the cycle of disadvantage. That message was common cause amongst the audience at the launch this week of the New Zealand Initiative’s latest report Welfare, Work and Wellbeing: From Benefits to Better Lives. The report can be downloaded freely from the Initiative’s website. Myself, as author, and Sue Bradford, who wrote the foreword, spoke to it in front of a diverse and knowledgeable audience of about 100 people. Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
Insights Newsletter
1 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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