Media release: School classrooms experiment has been based on ideology – report

Wellington (Tuesday, 20 September 2022) – Ideology rather than evidence is the basis for the Ministry of Education’s (MoE) ‘Modern Leaning Environments’, research by think tank The New Zealand Initiative reveals. The fact that a government ministry could not produce data to support its policy for mass conversion of New Zealand’s classrooms to Innovative Learning Environments (ILEs), is the main finding of the Initiative’s new report, No Evidence, No Evaluation, No Exit – Lessons from the 'Modern Learning Environments' experiment. Read more

Dr Michael Johnston
Media Release
20 September, 2022
RN nine to noon Kathryn Ryan square

RNZ: No evidence modern learning environments work - report

In 2011 the Ministry of Education embarked on a 10 year strategy to rejuvenate New Zealand's ageing classrooms. Millions of dollars were spent building open plan classrooms and implementing student led learning strategies. But in his report for The New Zealand Initiative, Dr Michael Johnston, found there was little evidence the policy has worked at all, and in some cases may be making learning even more difficult for some students. Read more

Dr Michael Johnston
Radio NZ - Nine to Noon
20 September, 2022
Today FM

Dr Oliver Hartwich on the lack of evidence in Ministry of Health policies

The New Zealand Initiative's latest report researched claims made by the Government that systemic racism is to blame for poor Māori health outcomes. It also analysed the Government’s prescription to remedy the situation by prioritising health spending for Māori, especially in Pharmac’s medicine procurement. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Today FM - Tova with Rachel Smalley
31 August, 2022

Media release: Government’s claims lack evidence and risk overall health benefits – report

Wellington (Tuesday, 30 August 2022) – Fiction over fact is the basis for the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) new policies, research by think tank The New Zealand Initiative reveals. The fact that neither the Government nor the MOH could produce objective data to support their claims that systemic racism is significantly to blame for poor Māori health outcomes is the most alarming revelation in the Initiative’s new report, Every life is worth the same – The case for equal treatment. Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
Media Release
30 August, 2022
Oliver on Martyn Bradbury podcast

Oliver Hartwich discusses the issues of the week with Martyn Bradbury

Oliver Hartwich joins Chris Trotter and Damien Grant on The Working Groups Weekly Political Podcast hosted by Martyn Bradbury. They discuss a range of issues including: Issue 1 – State Services vs Me and the gagging of the Children’s Commissioner Issue 2 – Powell shoves US Economy down Jackson Hole – what does Adrian Orr do? Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
The Working Group Weekly Political Podcast
29 August, 2022

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