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Boris, a Cicero reincarnate

He famously claimed his chances of becoming Prime Minister were “about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive”. It probably means Boris Johnson will be a pizza topping in his next life. In the meantime, Johnson’s job as Theresa May’s successor will be dominated by sorting out Britain’s Brexit mess. Delivering Brexit would be difficult for any politician. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
26 July, 2019
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Danish lessons

In late June, the Initiative took a delegation of our members to Copenhagen.For a week, more than three dozen New Zealand business leaders traveled Denmark and South Sweden. We talked to business leaders, academics, journalists and politicians, and visited companies, education facilities, and government and non-government organisations.This was not a mission to find new trading partners but a search for policy inspiration. There were plenty of opportunities on our travels for inspiration, especially in infrastructure.In New Zealand, we know how... Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
19 July, 2019
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The northern light

New Zealand performs strongly in a number of international rankings, and not so well in others, as well covered by this publication. Read more

Fraser Whineray
The National Business Review
19 July, 2019
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Learning by comparison

Next week, The New Zealand Initiative will be taking a delegation of more than three dozen senior business leaders to Copenhagen. Our members want to study and experience first-hand what makes Denmark one of the world’s most successful small countries.Denmark’s success may appear surprising given it is one of the most highly taxed countries in the world. It is often regarded as the social-democratic country par excellence, with a cradle-to-grave welfare state.There is a grain of truth in these clichés. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
21 June, 2019

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