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MEDIA RELEASE: A breakthrough for housing affordability

Wellington (23 July 2017): The New Zealand Initiative congratulates the Government on its new mechanism for delivering local infrastructure – not least because it follows a recommendation the Initiative first made in 2013. The Government has just announced it will rename Crown Fibre Holdings into Crown Infrastructure Partners. The new entity will deliver new trunk infrastructure through special purpose vehicles. In this way, infrastructure costs will be recovered through special rates over the lifecycle of the infrastructure assets. Read more

Media Release
23 July, 2017
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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
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Government needs to take steps to encourage councils to get new housing built

The accommodation supplement is supposed to make housing more affordable for low income tenants. But whether it can really do that job depends a lot on market conditions. And, right now, it does not seem that likely that the government’s increase in the accommodation supplement will really do much to help tenants.   Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Interest.co.nz
12 June, 2017
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Horses for courses

When economist Paul Samuelson was challenged to come up with an economic principle that was both true and non-obvious, he cited comparative advantage.That two people, or countries, can be made better off by trading, even if one of them is better at producing everything that they might trade, is hardly intuitive.President Donald Trump gets it wrong on a near daily basis when he frames trade as being about winners and losers.But there is another important true and non-obvious lesson of... Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
The National Business Review
19 May, 2017

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