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Podcast: David Law discusses education spending and performance in NZ

Following the release of our latest report, Educational Performance and Funding in New Zealand: Are our children getting the education they deserve? Senior Fellow and co-author of the report Dr David Law delves into the results and explains that a high level of education spending doesn't always equate to a high level of performance in our schools. Read more

Dr David Law
Podcast
4 March, 2021
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Research Note - Educational Performance and Funding in New Zealand: Are our children getting the education they deserve?

A well-functioning education system that delivers good outcomes for all is essential to New Zealand's future prosperity and the wellbeing of its people. However, there have been a number of recent reports highlighting our declining educational performance. Read more

Dr David Law
Joel Hernandez
Research Note
2 March, 2021

Media release: Government’s planned Pharmac review a sideshow

The Government’s announcement of a review into Pharmac declares that its budget, and the total amount allocated to pharmaceuticals, will be out of scope. This ignores the most serious weakness with current arrangements: that no one really knows whether they are improving health outcomes, let alone the well-being of New Zealanders, according to a substantial report, Pharmac: The right prescription? Read more

Media release
2 March, 2021
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Transparency, please

On Tuesday, the Climate Change Commission extended the deadline for submissions on its draft recommendations by two weeks. The short extension would give the extra bit of time needed to receive crucial information from the Commission before submissions close. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
26 February, 2021

Media release: ​New report highlights how our housing crisis could worsen if we don’t act now

Wellington, 22 February 2021 – If New Zealand politicians thought the housing crisis in 2020 was bad, the worst is yet to come, warns a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. In The Need to Build: The demographic drivers of housing demand, Research Assistant Leonard Hong modelled 36 scenarios and found that New Zealand’s population gets older and larger by 2038. Read more

Media release
23 February, 2021
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The Need to Build: The demographic drivers of housing demand

The political ‘buck passing’ of the responsibility for unaffordable housing by successive governments in New Zealand has created extremely expensive housing markets in cities such as Auckland and Wellington – and a national housing crisis. Auckland is the sixth least affordable city among 92 major global housing markets, according to the 2020 Demographia housing survey. Read more

23 February, 2021

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