Media Release: The State of Schooling

Wellington, 10 August 2020 - State-integrated schools are the best value for money compared with private and state schools, according to a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. Many parents want their kids to go to private schools. But new data crunched by policy analyst Joel Hernandez shows state-integrated schools may be a better choice. A state-integrated school generally has a special character. For instance, a religious belief (e.g. Catholic) or a specialist teaching method such as Montessori. Read more

Media Release
10 August, 2020
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Roger Partridge on border exemptions for critical workers

Roger Partridge tells Corin Dann on Morning Report that border exemptions for critical workers have become a bit of a lottery. A survey among New Zealand Initiative members show that large projects are stalling, major plant commissions are being deferred and senior executives and their families are marooned overseas. Read more

Roger Partridge
The Morning Report, Radio NZ
7 August, 2020

Media Release: New report asks if the government should be buying medicines for Kiwis

Wellington, 28 July 2020 – Should the government buy medicines for people who could afford the drugs themselves? This is one question asked in a new report by think tank The New Zealand Initiative. Written by Bryce Wilkinson, the report analyses the government’s drug-buying agency Pharmac. Pharmac: The right prescription? gives credit to Pharmac for lowering the costs of many medicines. It achieved this through a combination of buying power and tough commercial negotiations. Read more

Media Release
29 July, 2020

Media Release: Border entry can be safely scaled-up, new report says

Wellington, 23 July 2020 – New Zealand needs to ‘raft up’ with other Covid-free countries while building stronger border capabilities, according to a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. And a voucher programme for helping returning Kiwis cover the cost of managed isolation could help New Zealand’s managed isolation system safely scale up. The report Safe Arrivals begins from the principle that safe entry should be allowed and that risky entry must be made safe. Read more

Media Release
24 July, 2020
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Eric Crampton on how New Zealand’s border capabilities can be safely scaled-up

Eric Crampton discusses his new report on how New Zealand’s border capabilities can be safely scaled-up with Mike Hosking on Newstalk ZB. He says instead of charging returning Kiwis for their stay in managed isolation, the government could provide them with vouchers. It would help offset the cost of a stay at a basic facility. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Newstalk ZB - Mike Hosking Breakfast
24 July, 2020
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Oliver Hartwich on ABC Radio National

New Zealand is envied for its zero community cases of Covid-19, but the economy is hurting and the current hard border closure is controversial.Oliver Hartwich talks to Phillip Adams on ABC Radio National about how successful New Zealand really is. They also discuss a range of other topics, including the upcoming election and referendums, monetary policy and immigration. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
ABC Radio National
23 July, 2020

Media Release: New research project shows what is really happening with cannabis legalisation in the US

Wellington, 25 June 2020 - The US experience with cannabis legalisation is as diverse as its many models – each state runs things differently, according to a new research project by the New Zealand Initiative. The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill referendum is booked for 19 September, and all sides of the cannabis debate will want to pick examples that best fit their position. The New Zealand Initiative has produced a primer on the US experience, highlighting the policies and... Read more

Media Release
25 June, 2020

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