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In the mood for policy change

Approval ratings of more than three quarters are almost unheard of in politics. Most politicians would be satisfied with far less. So you can imagine our excitement when we saw the results of the New Zealand Herald’s ‘Mood of the Boardroom’ survey. It polled leading business people on a range of issues – including two that are close to our hearts at the Initiative. And it revealed overwhelming support for the Initiative’s ideas. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
15 September, 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
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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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Acta non verba*

Quidquid agis prudenter agas et respice finem. Whatever you do, do it wisely and consider the end, a famous Latin proverb reminds us. If only National had more Latin lovers in their ranks (apart from Christopher Finlayson), it could have saved them from last weekend’s education blunder. At their official campaign launch, National promised every schoolchild a foreign language. It sounded too good to be true – and it was. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
1 September, 2017
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NCEA: A question of trust

Last time you booked a hotel or restaurant, you may well have checked it out on TripAdvisor first. Whatever your price bracket, if a place was rated below about a three out of five, then the chances are you’ll have discounted it. The same goes when you buy a book on Amazon, or order an Uber. Ratings are useful for consumers. After all, thanks to TripAdvisor, great restaurants in hidden-away locations can still thrive, and we rarely subject ourselves to... Read more

Briar Lipson
Insights Newsletter
25 August, 2017
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Are Labour's dogma days over?

In ancient Greek, a dogma was something that simply seemed to be true. Today, of course, it has a more absolute meaning. Fanatics of whatever flavour hold their core dogmas sacred. If they belong to a cult that believes the true path lies in cupcake consumption, then they will consume cupcakes. And they will accept their dogma without question.Under its former leader, there was more than a little of this in Labour’s opposition to partnership schools. Read more

Roger Partridge
The National Business Review
11 August, 2017
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Don’t forget to breathe

As loyal readers might be aware, The New Zealand Initiative has long been concerned that there is a real scandal in New Zealand education. Some of our most vulnerable kids are leaving school without the skills they need to get ahead in life. No, I’m not talking about literacy and numeracy – although they are important too. I am talking about something even more basic. It appears the kids of today do not even know how to smile and breathe. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
11 August, 2017

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