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Media Release: LGNZ Manifesto – an important step for empowering our local councils

Wellington (23 July 2017): The release of Local Government New Zealand’s (LGNZ) 2017 Local Government Manifesto calls for councils to have more of the responsibility to create stronger, vibrant and more prosperous communities.Since 2012, the role of local government has been a core research topic for The New Zealand Initiative. Across six research reports, the Initiative has published recommendations on strengthening local government, promoting local democracy and devolving government services. “Localism is more than just local government,” says Dr Oliver Hartwich, The New Zealand Initiative’s Executive Director. Read more

Media Release
23 July, 2017
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Media Release: Land use restrictions caused the housing crisis

Wellington (20 July 2017): Superu’s report on land use planning confirms what The New Zealand Initiative has been saying since 2012. Restrictions on land use have driven Auckland’s housing crisis. And restoring housing affordability requires fixing land use planning. Superu today released a report showing that land use restrictions are responsible for over half of the current cost of housing in Auckland. Restrictive regulations drive up land prices and are the primary cause of unaffordable housing. Said Initiative Executive Director Oliver Hartwich, “We knew that... Read more

Media Release
20 July, 2017
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Research Plan 2017-2020

The New Zealand Initiative is New Zealand's leading think tank.The Initiative produces accessible, evidence-based research (available in print and online) with a focus on policy areas we believe are vital for a free and prosperous New Zealand.  Read more

17 July, 2017
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The New Zealand Initiative releases three-year research plan

 The New Zealand Initiative has released its new research plan for 2017 through to 2020.The aim is the same as our previous research plans – to shape the policy agenda and tackle the big issues facing our country. Our team will continue to undertake in-depth research into what we see as the country’s biggest issues. These include housing, local government and education.The Initiative will also branch out into new areas of research focusing on healthcare, infrastructure and freshwater management. Read more

Media Release
17 July, 2017

Media Release: Special Economic Zones - an initiative worth trying

The New Zealand Initiative has welcomed news that Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are still under consideration by the Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges. We also note that government documents released under the Official Information Act show that Ministers Bill English and Steven Joyce were supportive of the proposal.In 2015, the Initiative released In the Zone: Creating a Toolbox for Regional Prosperity. Our research found that New Zealand’s centralism provides little room for regional policy innovation.In the Zone called for New Zealand to consider... Read more

Media Release
13 July, 2017
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Computerisation First

Important developments often get overlooked during busy news weeks. With the Lions tour, the America’s Cup victory, and a salacious scandal or two, it can be hard to keep up. With all the excitement going on it would appear the public have overlooked some exciting announcements from the New Zealand First conference last weekend. Like the Initiative, New Zealand First recognise that local governments often incur costs to provide services and infrastructure from which they receive too little benefit. Read more

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Insights Newsletter
30 June, 2017

Media Release: The New Zealand Initiative welcomes changes to EQC Act

Changes announced by the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, Gerry Brownlee, will help ensure a better recovery from future earthquakes.Minister Brownlee this week announced changes to the EQC Act that would make private insurers the first port of call for homeowners making claims after a disaster.The Initiative’s Chief Economist Dr Eric Crampton says, “Too many homeowners, after the Christchurch earthquakes, struggled with a process they found to be fundamentally unfair. Read more

Media Release
27 June, 2017

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