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Eulogy for the last plastic bag

Tidying guru Marie Kondo advises her followers to hold or hug everyday items and ask yourself: “Does this item spark joy?” So I picked up a plastic bag and clutched it to my chest. I first felt joy, and then an overwhelming grief. The moment I had been dreading had arrived: my household had reached the last of our plastic bags. As my tears splashed off the plastic folds, I reflected on the injustice of the impending plastic bag ban. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
1 February, 2019
Water tap

Surviving the conversation

Unless we are good friends, my picking the restaurant when you are paying the bill can be a recipe for trouble. Central and local government are not always the best of friends. And when central government sets the water quality standards, local government foots the bill. In places with high water-treatment costs, residents might reasonably prefer the occasional boil water notice to hefty rates hikes. Central standards then amount to an unfunded mandate on local councils. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
23 November, 2018

Destroying the town to save it

Question: What costs three moon programs, puts nobody in space, and makes no difference to emissions? Answer: Energiewende (or energy turnaround), Angela Merkel’s plan to cut Germany’s emissions. Energiewende aims to make Germany the first industrial economy to fully run on renewable energy. The cost so far: 29,000 wind turbines and 1.6 million solar panels for the bargain price of €500 billion. Yes, half a trillion euro. Read more

Matt Burgess
Insights Newsletter
23 November, 2018
Rec fishing

Recreational fishers should have a proportional share of the catch

To say the new Minister of Fisheries, Stuart Nash, inherited some fisheries management problems is an understatement. The Ministry for Primary Industries and its predecessors have failed to grapple with the misreporting of commercial catch, discarding of unwanted bycatch and the high grading of targeted catch.They have also failed to mitigate the tensions and conflicts arising from the way a fishery's total allowable catch is allocated between competing fishing sectors.These problems can be considered "wicked", or difficult, if not near... Read more

Dr Randall Bess
New Zealand Herald
18 January, 2018

The Future Catch report launch

On Monday 4 December we launched our third report on how we can improve the recreational fishing experience.The panel discussion included Dr Randall Bess (author of the report), Hon. Stuart Nash (Minister of Fisheries), Sir Mark Solomon (Deputy Chair of Te Ohu Kaimoana), and Bob Gutsell (Vice President of the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council).You can read more about our findings here: Read more

Dr Randall Bess
The New Zealand Initiative
12 January, 2018
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Bite may have to be put on fishers

Recreational fishing in New Zealand’s marine waters is one of the few remaining free-of-charge public goods available to everyone. However, managing fisheries is not costless.Management costs will inevitably be an important consideration for the new Minister of Fisheries, Hon Stuart Nash, as he considers how best to improve inshore fisheries.The costs of managing these fisheries are partly borne by the commercial fishing sector through cost-recovery levies; the remaining costs of management and enforcing rules are borne by taxpayers, though most... Read more

Dr Randall Bess
New Zealand Herald
4 January, 2018
Stuart Nash

National's pretty kettle of fish

Some opposition MPs take to their new roles swimmingly. It is hard to imagine that these politicians ever did anything else but criticise others for not solving problems. Which would be fine if those very problems had not been presided over by their own party for nine years. The prime example is Gerry Brownlee. The former foreign minister is now spokesperson for, among other things, fisheries. Read more

Dr Randall Bess
Insights Newsletter
8 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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