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BillEnglish feature

Towards a New Localism

LGNZ and The New Zealand Initiative invite you to a panel discussion on alternative options to enable stronger local economies throughout New ZealandBy international standards, New Zealand has one of the world's most centralised forms of government. In other OECD economies, local government runs health and police services, accounts for the majority of public investment, and typically controls a third of public spending. In New Zealand, by contrast, local government has traditionally been small and weak in comparison with central... Read more

2 October, 2013
JohnMorris feature

Report Launch: World Class Education?

John Morris and Rose Patterson have been investigating the factors influencing the quality of New Zealand’s teaching profession. Join us for the launch of their first report in a series of three. Teachers are New Zealand’s greatest educational asset. Two thirds of the education spend is on teacher salaries, and teachers have the biggest influence outside of the home on student achievement and development. Yet teachers do not have the professional status they deserve, and this is a major deterrent... Read more

7 October, 2013
RichardHooper feature

World Class Regulation? Why regulatory settings matter with Richard Hooper CBE

We invite you to meet Richard Hooper – a world expert on effective policy making and good regulatory design. Effective policy making and better regulation are both front of mind at present – particularly since the New Zealand Productivity Commission’s recent paper on regulatory institutions and practices.Richard has an extensive international regulatory background and will be presenting his views on good policy making and will provide thoughts on lessons for New Zealand. Read more

12 November, 2013
MichaelBassett feature

Report Launch: Free to Build: Restoring New Zealand's Housing Affordability

The New Zealand Initiative is set to launch its third report on New Zealand’s housing affordability crisis. Outlining a series of policy recommendations, it aims to put ownership once again within reach of the average Kiwi family.Hon Dr Michael Bassett and Initiative Director Dr Oliver Hartwich will explain what has gone wrong in the New Zealand housing market, why rising house prices are not a natural law, and how we could learn from international experiences to make housing affordable once... Read more

18 November, 2013
OliverHartwich feature

Old World Crisis, New World Future

The New Zealand Initiative invites you to a presentation on how global population changes and economic repolarisation are ushering in a new world order. Read more

11 February, 2014
BryceWilkinson feature

Report Launch: Open for Business

Join us for the launch of the final report in a series on foreign direct investment (FDI). Co-authored by Dr Bryce Wilkinson and Khyaati Acharya, Open for Business makes bold recommendations to open our markets to international capital. The report analyses the operation of the Overseas Investment Act and concludes that it is not fit for purpose. Unduly burdensome FDI regulations mean New Zealanders can’t make the most of the opportunities offered by an increasingly globalised world. Read more

5 May, 2014
JamesAllan feature

Democracy in Decline with Professor James Allan

The New Zealand Initiative invites you to the launch of James Allan's new book Democracy in Decline. Professor Allan will speak at public events in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch on 12, 13 and 14 May. Democracy in Decline charts how democracy is being diluted and restricted in five of the world's oldest democracies – the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. James Allan targets four main, interconnected causes of decline – judicial activism, the transformation and... Read more

12 May, 2014
Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch
JasonKrupp feature

Report Launch: Up or Out? Examining the Trade-offs of Urban Form

Co-authored by Jason Krupp and Khyaati Acharya, the report analyses the assumption that in order to accommodate an ever-growing population cities need to build up, not out. The idea behind this suggestion is that denser, more compact cities achieve higher levels of productivity, greater housing affordability, better health outcomes and less traffic congestion. But do they really?Our research into historical trends and academic literature on the subject finds the argument for compact cities is far from clear cut. Read more

17 June, 2014

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