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Media Release: The importance of promoting mining for the benefit of New Zealanders

Public policy think tank The New Zealand Initiative opposes changing the purpose of the Crown Minerals Act from the promotion of mining for the benefit of New Zealanders.In our submission on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s discussion document: Review of the Crown Minerals Act 1991, the Initiative addresses questions raised about the role and purpose of the Crown Minerals Act (CMA).The Initiative believes contrary to what is proposed in the discussion document, the word “promote” should be retained. Read more

Media Release
27 January, 2020
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Teach subject knowledge, not activism

Last week, an educational resource unveiled by Ministers Shaw and Hipkins was praised by The Guardian newspaper for putting New Zealand “at the forefront of climate change education worldwide”. ACT MP David Seymour judged differently, describing the same resource as “state-organised bullying”. Read more

Briar Lipson
Insights newsletter
24 January, 2020
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Real action, not empty words: How to make the Zero Carbon Bill about cutting emissions

New Zealand could be a leader in global emissions reduction. We could lower global emissions by far more than we contribute. We could achieve net zero emissions sooner than 2050. We must simply be prepared to do what works by partnering with or funding the best sources of emissions reduction and removals wherever they are in the world. That might be re-planting the Amazon, capturing carbon in British Colombia, building solar farms in outback Australia, or planting trees in Northland. Read more

Matt Burgess
6 November, 2019

Media Release: Zero Carbon Bill fails the climate

As Parliament rushes the final stages of the Government’s Zero Carbon Bill, a new report by think tank The New Zealand Initiative warns the Bill is so seriously flawed that it could raise emissions. Read more

Media Release
6 November, 2019
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Goverment's Zero Carbon Bill will shut the door on New Zealand opportunities

I don’t know if anyone ever really believed manufacturing televisions in New Zealand made sense. Controls in place until New Zealand’s reforms prohibited importing fully assembled televisions, to encourage manufacture and assembly in New Zealand. But it resulted in nonsense practices guaranteed to make televisions more expensive. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Stuff
25 October, 2019
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Greta is right

Two developments this week on the Government’s flagship Zero Carbon Bill. First, Parliament’s Environment Committee sent its report recommending changes back to the House, having waded through more than 10,000 public submissions.Second, the Government announced it will rush the Bill through its second and third readings before the Prime Minister flies out to Chile on 14 November to attend APEC.Put another way, the deadline for passing a Bill that will guide New Zealand emissions reduction for the next 30 years,... Read more

Matt Burgess
Insights Newsletter
25 October, 2019

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