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Idiocy comes in many forms. Some people choose not to vaccinate their children.   Others think it better to extract multiple teeth from school children rather than have them drink fluoridated water. In some American states disturbed fantasists may openly carry loaded assault rifles in public, near schools and playgrounds.In New Zealand, our latest idiocy is to deny gravely ill children and their stressed parents the succour and respite of special accommodation and rest at the hospital. Read more

Richard Baker
Insights Newsletter
3 November, 2017

Building on the success of others

National’s supporters on the right could have been forgiven for expecting a lot after the 2008 election. After three terms of Helen Clark’s Labour government, and National’s opposition to Labour’s policies, they had a right to.But John Key built three successive majority coalitions by disappointing his supporters on the right. Rather than abolish Working for Families, National made only small tweaks to the programme it had derided in opposition as welfare for the wealthy. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
The National Business Review
27 October, 2017

Media release: We don't know how lucky we are in this country

This year’s election campaign has been just a little bit crazy. But New Zealand remains the world’s last sane place, says The New Zealand Initiative. It is important to keep it that way.The Initiative today released Chief Economist Dr Eric Crampton’s essay, The Outside of the Asylum. Its lighthearted take makes a serious point. Regardless of election year shenanigans, New Zealand gets a lot of things right that other countries screw up. For example: Read more

Media release
2 September, 2017

Economically Speaking: It's about greater productivity - Stupid

Imagine if no one had to pay for anything. Wouldn’t that be nice?Imagine if everything were free. Free food, housing, health care, education, transport, television, broad band, you name it.Imagine if government gave everyone enough money to live on, and then topped it up a bit so we could have some fun. No strings attached.OK, OK, John Lennon’s haunting and utopian song went over the top. It imagined a world with no possessions, just one big commune of sharing. Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
National Business Review
1 September, 2017

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