Jason Krupp

Former Research Fellow

Jason Krupp was a Research Fellow at The New Zealand Initiative from 2013 to 2017. Before joining the Initiative, Jason was a business reporter at The Dominion Post. He previously worked for Fairfax’s Business Bureau where he was chiefly responsible for covering equity and currency markets for the group. Prior to that, he wrote for BusinessDesk, New Zealand’s only dedicated business news agency. Jason has a degree in journalism from Rhodes University, and has previously lived in Hong Kong and South Africa.

Recent Work

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Local partner, ready and willing

Local government is ready to sit down and talk with central government about improving the sector’s performance, provided policymakers in the Beehive come to the table as a partner, not as a parent. That was the theme that emerged from the launch of our latest report, The Local Manifesto: Restoring local government accountability, which took place in Wellington on Monday. Read more

Jason Krupp
Insights Newsletter
25 November, 2016
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Local government in NZ is broken and dying – and hardly anyone gives a toss

If we want councils to be open, accountable and democratic, we have to overhaul the laws the govern the sector, writes Jason Krupp Local government in Zealand is broken and dying, only it is dying so slowly that you’d hardly notice it unless you are looking, and it is a problem. That most of you probably read this without batting an eye is testament to just how broken the sector is. Read more

Jason Krupp
The Spinoff
25 November, 2016
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Jason Krupp discusses findings from The Local Manifesto

Research Fellow and author of The Local Manifesto, Jason Krupp, discusses some of the key findings from the final report in our series on local government. The key findings from this report provide a practical means of making local government more accountable and transparent to communities. Read more

Jason Krupp
21 November, 2016
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Time to reform the nut house

The highly clichéd pop psychology definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. If we accept this meaning, then local government in New Zealand is just plain nuts, cuckoo, cray cray, whacko and doolally. Read more

Jason Krupp
The National Business Review
11 November, 2016
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The Local Benchmark: When smaller is better

With government about to table legislation that would allow greater amalgamation of local authorities in New Zealand, this report examines how other countries have embraced the diversity of local government to enhance their economic competitiveness. Local government plays a vital role in national productivity. Read more

Jason Krupp
25 July, 2016
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Jason Krupp discusses The Local Benchmark: When smaller is better

The New Zealand Initiative's latest report, The Local Benchmark: When smaller is better asks the question, "What is the right size for local government?". The report looks at the cities of Manchester and Montreal and their respective approaches to devolved decision-making, and also analyses the Swiss and Dutch local governance systems. Read more

Jason Krupp
24 July, 2016

Hard work on housing starts now

Last week saw a rare conjunction. Almost all the political parties agreed that Auckland’s artificial rural urban boundary had to be lifted to free up land for housing development. Read more

Jason Krupp
Insights Newsletter
27 May, 2016

If it walks like a dog

The first rule of journalism is that “dog bites man” is not news. But “man bites dog” is worth a news story, an editorial demanding government do something about it, and an in depth feature exploring the motivations of the biter. Read more

Jason Krupp
Insights Newsletter
13 May, 2016

Scream it from the rooftops: Supply!

With Auckland’s housing crisis now a permanent feature on the Herald’s front page, it is worth restating how this problem started: not enough homes were built to keep up with natural demand. When too many buyers chase too few goods, prices have to rise. Read more

Jason Krupp
Insights Newsletter
22 April, 2016

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