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Roger Partridge

Senior Fellow & Chairman

Roger Partridge is chairman and a co-founder of The New Zealand Initiative and is a senior member of its research team. He led law firm Bell Gully as executive chairman from 2007 to 2014, after 16 years as a commercial litigation partner. Roger was executive director of the Legal Research Foundation, a charitable foundation associated with the University of Auckland, from 2001 to 2009, and was a member of the Council of the New Zealand Law Society, the governing body of the legal profession in New Zealand, from 2011 to 2015. He is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors, a member of the University of Auckland Business School advisory board, a member of the editorial board of the New Zealand Law Review and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.

Latest reports:

Research Note: Nothing costs nothing: Why unjustified dismissal laws should not apply to the highly paid (2021)
Submission: The third consultation round of phase 2 of The Reserve Bank Act review
Roadmap for Recovery: Briefing to the Incoming Government (2020)
Policy Point: Extra quarantine capacity for 'critical workers' is critical
Research Note: The rule of law or the law of rulers (2020)
Submission: Better protections for contractors (2020)
Work in Progress: Why Fair Pay Agreements would be bad for labour (2019)
Who guards the guards? Regulatory governance in New Zealand (2018)


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Phone: +64 4 499 0790


Recent Work

Media release: Employment law change needed to improve productivity

Wellington (Monday, 21 June 2021): New Zealand's productivity growth is being hampered by employment protection laws that constrain boards and business owners from firing poorly performing senior managers, warns a report from The New Zealand Initiative. In Nothing Costs nothing: Why unjustified dismissal procedures should not apply to the highly paid, Initiative chair and senior fellow Roger Partridge found strong arguments for New Zealand adopting an Australian-style carve-out of high-income earners from the unjustified dismissal provisions of the Employment Contracts Act 2000. Read more

Roger Partridge
Media Release
21 June, 2021
Fair pay v3

Why new Fair Pay Agreements claims don't compute

Persistence looks set to pay off with one of Labour’s 2017 election manifesto promises: to reintroduce compulsory sector-wide collective bargaining across the country. Dubbed “Fair Pay Agreements,” the Government’s plan is to take New Zealand back to the system of awards that dominated industrial relations for most of the 20th century. Read more

Roger Partridge
NZ Herald
1 June, 2021
Full wallet v3

Podcast: Roger Partridge and Oliver Hartwich on Fair Pay Agreements

Following the Government's annoucement, Roger Partridge and Oliver Hartwich discuss how Fair Pay Agreements are likely to harm productivity and would not be in the interests of workers, the unemployed, consumers, and overall wellbeing. Read our 2019 report, Work in Progress: Why Fair pay Agreements would be bad for labour. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Roger Partridge
12 May, 2021
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Time to tackle tourism infrastructures funding problem

This month events at either end of the country highlighted a fundamental failure afflicting New Zealand’s biggest pre-Covid export earner: tourism. On 10 March, Auckland Council heard submissions on when it should reintroduce its Accommodation Provider Targeted Rate (APTR), which is uses to fund Auckland events and destination marketing. Read more

Roger Partridge
NZ Herald
30 March, 2021
Treaty of Waitangi

Unbalanced compulsory NZ history curriculum lacks humanity

Eighteen months ago, the Government announced a curriculum change making it compulsory for all schools to teach “key aspects” of New Zealand history. The Ministry of Education was tasked with creating a new curriculum to “span the full range of New Zealanders’ experiences… with contemporary issues directly linked to major events of the past.” Asking the Ministry of Education to draft a compulsory New Zealand History curriculum for school children was always fraught with risk. Read more

Roger Partridge
Bowalley Road
27 March, 2021
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Submission: The third consultation round of Phase 2 of the Reserve Bank Act Review

Read our submission, written by Dr Bryce Wilkinson to Treasury and the Reserve Bank. This submission is in response to the third round of consultation on Phase 2 of the review of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act. Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
Roger Partridge
20 October, 2020

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