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Media Release: Bringing government back to the people

Wellington (15 July 2018): Instead of relying on central government to decide what is good for our communities it is time to empower councils and communities themselves to make such decisions, Local Government New Zealand and The New Zealand Initiative say.LGNZ and the Initiative have today presented their Localism project.  Together, they call for devolution and decentralisation in the way New Zealand is run.Releasing a joint position statement this afternoon, LGNZ President Dave Cull said New Zealand needs to restore the... Read more

Media Release
15 July, 2018
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An assault on our senses

A couple of years ago we got the lads together and set off on a South Island road trip. It was a great opportunity to get away from the rat race and show some of my North Island mates around the South Island. Beers, banter, and beaut scenery. On day three we pulled into Westport. “What’s that smell?”, asked one of the blokes. Bemused, I responded to my North Island friend, “Coal, mate. Read more

Ben Craven
Insights Newsletter
22 June, 2018
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Getting the kludge out of the rivers

Kludges are short-term fixes that can patch things over until the main problem can be addressed. If the latch for the rear hatch on your people-mover breaks, a kludge that ties it shut until you can get it to the garage for repairs is just the thing.But kludges should not be permanent solutions.There is a lot of kludge in New Zealand’s lakes and rivers. It is in the aquifers too.Environment Minister David Parker this week pointed to a lot of... Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
11 May, 2018
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Unlocking regional development

For cynics, it would be easy to denounce the government’s provincial growth programme as a slush fund. However, I am not cynical about the government’s intentions. Its genuine aim is to close the gap between New Zealand’s growth areas and those other parts of the country once unflatteringly labelled “zombie towns.” Good on it.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones are due to launch the fund in Gisborne today.Meant to kickstart economic activity in the regions,... Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
The National Business Review
23 February, 2018

Media release: The New Zealand Initiative Welcomes Wellington City Council Proposal For City Accord

Wellington (12 October 2017): Whatever government forms after coalition negotiations should listen to Wellington City Council’s proposal for a Wellington City Accord, says The New Zealand Initiative. Official Information Act requests today revealed that Wellington City Council has asked the government for expanded powers for the city, whether through a City Accord modelled on Greater Manchester’s City Deal, or through a Special Economic Zone. In 2015, the Initiative’s report In The Zone: Creating a Toolbox for Regional Prosperity proposed Special... Read more

Media Release
12 October, 2017
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Wellington's bid to become a Special Economic Zone

Alison Mau interviews Eric Crampton on RadioLIVE about Wellington City Council's request for expanded powers for the city. Whether through a City Accord modelled on Greater Manchester’s City Deal, or through a Special Economic Zone. Eric refers in his interview to our 2015 report In The Zone: Creating a Toolbox for Regional Prosperity in which we proposed Special Economic Zones as a way of devolving power to local authorities prepared to take on greater responsibility. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
12 October, 2017

Media release: Support for Swiss-style dual education and GST for the regions

Wellington, 12 September 2017 - The New Zealand Initiative welcomes the results of the Mood of the Boardroom 2017 survey. New Zealand business leaders gave their view on policies to address critical issues like housing, immigration, the environment and taxation. Following the Initiative’s business delegation trip to Switzerland earlier this year, one survey-question revealed that 94 percent of the business leaders support the introduction of a Swiss-style dual education system for New Zealand. Read more

Media release
12 September, 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
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What is wrong with our regulatory institutions?

To get the right answers you have to ask the right questions. If you do not, chances are you will not discover everything you need to know. This precisely captures a problem with the terms of reference set for the Productivity Commission’s review of New Zealand’s regulatory regimes and regulatory institutions in 2014. The resulting report identified a litany of problems with our regulators. Some, it said, placed significant weight on managing risks to the organisation at the expense of... Read more

Roger Partridge
Insights Newsletter
1 September, 2017

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