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Jenesa Jeram

Former Research Fellow

Jenesa is a Research Fellow at The New Zealand Initiative, focusing mainly on social issues and lifestyle regulations. She is the author of Health of the State, a report that looks at the evidence and ideology behind public health and lifestyle regulations. She has an interest in sugar tax regulations, and has also co-authored publications on poverty, inequality, social impact bonds, economic growth and housing. Jenesa is available to comment on all of these areas.

She has a Bachelor of Arts with first class Honours from the University of Otago, majoring in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. 

Latest reports:
Embracing a Super model: The superannuation sky is not falling (2018)
Smoke and Vapour: the changing world of tobacco harm reduction
The Inequality Paradox: Why inequality Matters Even Though it has Barely Changed (2016)
The Health of the State (2016)
Poorly Understood: The State of Poverty in New Zealand (2016)
Investing for success: Social Impact Bonds and the future of public services (2015)
The Case for Economic Growth (2015)

Phone: +64 4 499 0790


Recent Work


Making our superannuation fairer

Jenesa Jeram talks to Jim Mora about her new report on NZ Superannuation, stating that our pension age needs to rise and it should be linked to health expectancy. The report points out that New Zealand is one of the few countries that has a non-means-tested pension. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Radio NZ - The Panel
6 December, 2018
Jenesa on The AM Show

Jenesa Jeram on The AM Show

Jenesa Jeram discusses on The AM Show our new report Embracing a Super model: The superannuation sky is not falling. The report finds that New Zealand’s universal pension system is relatively affordable but could do with small tweaks as the population ages. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
The AM Show
4 December, 2018

Len Lye Lessons

This week, a beloved piece of public art was destroyed. On a warm spring day in Wellington (yes Aucklanders, you read that right), a young man decided to climb the expensive Len Lye sculpture on the waterfront until it snapped. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
12 October, 2018

Say no to saving turtles

Whenever a bartender enthusiastically asks me whether I want to save the turtles, I like to look them dead in the eyes and without hesitation say “no”. Don’t get me wrong, turtles have never done anything to offend me personally. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
3 August, 2018

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