Oliver Hartwich talks to Michael Laws, The Platform about housing in New Zealand. He comments on a range of issues including affordability, building costs and the supply of materials, local government, land supply and land zoning, and interest rates. Read more
Media release: Reform needed as Commerce Commission suffers alarming slide in regulatory performance
Wellington (Tuesday, 24 May 2022) – Respect for New Zealand’s commercial regulators has declined over the past four years, research by think tank The New Zealand Initiative reveals. Among the regulators whose influence is felt across the entire economy, the decline in the Commerce Commission’s previously poor performance is the most alarming revelation in the Initiative’s new report, Reassessing the regulators – The Good the Bad and the Commerce Commission. Read more
The Commerce Commission is losing the respect of the business community and its system of governance needs overhauling, says the New Zealand Initiative think tank in a new report released this morning. To read more click here. Read more
New research shows that businesses are losing faith in the Commerce Commission. Roger Partridge talks to Heather du Plessis-Allen on Newstalk ZB about his new report. Read more
Eric Crampton talks to Sean Plunket on the Platform about the 2022 Budget. He comments on the fuel tax rebate, New Zealand's debt levels, inflation and explains the effect of the $350 to the 'squeezed' middle. Read more
Professor James Chapman and Dr Jennifer Buckingham, guest presenters at the New Zealand Initiative Literacy workshop talk to Kamahl Santamaria, TVNZ 1 Breakfast about NZ's literacy standards, which has been described as a 'national scandal'.
Eric Crampton talks to Thomas Coughlan, senior political journalist, NZ Herald on what should be in the budget 2022. Read more
Sean Plunket, The Platform interviews Eric Crampton. Eric comments on a range of issues including a proposed congestion charge for Auckland, reworking the income tax brackets, the government's response to the pandemic and migration. Read more
The ACT Party has said that its time to face reality on the superannuation age as it would save the tax payer over $16 billion over the next 12 years. Eric Crampton joins Wallace Chapman on Radio NZ The Panel to discuss this issue and how it could work in New Zealand. Read more
John Ryan (former Auditor-General) has raised concerns about the transparency of the Government's Covid response fund. He says MPs and the general public haven't been getting enough information about how the $74 billion fund is being spent. Read more
Michael Johnston told Newstalk ZB Heather du Plessis Allan that we've seen in the PISA results over the last 20 years a continuing decline in the proportion of New Zealanders that at 15 can do basic literacy tasks
As the 2022 French election reaches fever point, Wallace Chapman talks to Oliver Hartwich about why this particular election is so significant.
Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking summarises the findings of our latest cost-of-living research, The rising cost of living for Kiwis.
Wellington (Thursday, 24 March 2022) – Kiwis households are paying more than $3,000 extra on essentials than they were 12 months ago, and policies implemented by the Government and Reserve Bank are contributing to the problem, according to new research from The New Zealand Initiative. The rising cost of living for Kiwis, shows New Zealand has the second-highest inflation rate among our major trading partners, besides the USA, and this is plausibly the result of excessive government stimulus. Read more
Eric Crampton joins Bryan Crump on Radio new Zealand Nights to discuss the war in Ukraine, and the policy prescriptions libertarians have proposed to stop the conflict.