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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

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A poverty problem by any other name

As a researcher, I sometimes feel a bit awkward or apologetic talking about poverty, and particularly how to measure it. It is easy to get stuck in the abstract, talking about definitions and statistical accuracy, and forget that there are families struggling and children whose basic needs are not being met. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
15 June, 2018

Jenesa Jeram on New Zealand's smoke-free policies

Jenesa Jeram tells James Coleman on World No Tobacco Day how vaping could be the pathway to a smoke-free New Zealand. Her recent report Smoke and Vapour: the changing world of tobacco harm reduction calls for a range of smokeless nicotine delivery products to be made available to smokers wanting to cut down or quit. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
First@Five - RadioLIVE
31 May, 2018
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Should NZ make smoking illegal?

The head of the country's largest Māori public health organisation wants the Government to develop a strategy to end tobacco sales in New Zealand. Hāpai Te Hauora chief executive Lance Norman made the call at a briefing of the health and Māori affairs select committees on the country's Smokefree 2025 target. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Lately with Karyn Hay - Radio NZ
24 May, 2018
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Governments should explore their own behavioural biases towards retirement savings

There is no shortage of opinion pieces or expert commentary making the case that Kiwis are financially illiterate. Apparently we’re not good with savings, we don’t plan for the future, and we do not take even simple actions (like switching out of our default KiwiSaver funds) to optimise our future financial security. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
19 March, 2018

Diary of a public health expert

Week 1- After years of campaigning, I knew it was only a matter of time before our government ramped up its efforts tackling child obesity. Like my counterparts in Chile, I will be offering the government my technical expertise to crack down on junk food advertising to children. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
16 February, 2018

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