Wellington (Wednesday, 18 August 2021): A review of last week’s blackout by Carl Hansen, the former Chief Executive of the Electricity Authority (EA), argues for a sober and careful analysis of why 35,000 consumers lost power for up to two hours on 9 August. In a research paper published today by the New Zealand Initiative, Mr Hansen states “It is essential the Government allows the independent market regulator to identify and address any problems found.” “It is also important the Opposition take a mature approach and resist the temptation to jump to conclusions and call for Ministerial heads to roll.” At 6:48pm, Transpower asked lines companies to reduce demand by 1%, and followed up this request with a formal notice at 7:09pm. Read more
Eric Crampton talks to Anna Thomas on Radio NZ Nights about heritage preservation, regulations and funding.
The government faces increasing debt levels if it does not get the cost of an aging population under control. Eric Crampton talks to Wallace Chapman on Radio NZ - The Panel about Treasury's projections and whether the superannuation age should be raised. Read more
Oliver Hartwich talks about voting and decision making with Lynn Freeman on Radio NZ Smart Talk at the Wanaka 2021 Festival of Color.
Roger Partridge talks to Mike Hosking on Breakfast about his new report that says our employment protection laws make it hard to fire poorly performing senior managers.
A law change is needed to make it easier to dismiss highly paid staff who are underperforming. Roger Partridge discusses his new report with Wallace Chapman on Radio NZ - The Panel. Read more
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
Chelsy Killick talks to Oliver Hartwich about his latest Newsroom column and asks why the next Euro crisis has just begun. If you would like to listen to our latest podcasts, please subscribe to The New Zealand Initiative podcast on iTunes, Spotify or The Podcast App. Read more
Transport Minister Michael Wood has hinted that congestion charging could be made available to local councils. Dr Eric Crampton discusses congestion charging with Wallace Chapman on Radio New Zealand - The Panel. Read more
Wellington (Thursday 10 June 2021): Every secondary school should provide every student with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their endeavours after graduation. However, new research from the New Zealand Initiative shows that this might not be the case. Read more
Wellington (Wednesday, 9 June 2021): The New Zealand Initiative calls on the Government to reject the Climate Change Commission’s recommendations and instead rely on the Emissions Trading Scheme’s cap to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. “The Climate Change Commission has based its plan on the idea that the ETS does not cap emissions,” says Dr Oliver Hartwich, Executive Director of the New Zealand Initiative. Read more
How long will the America's Cup stay in New Zealand ? Team NZ is currently in exclusive negotiations with the government and Auckland Council to host the next event. Read more
Eric Crampton talks to Jesse Mulligan on Radio NZ about the next steps for New Zealand in a Covid-19 world. Read more
The Government is turning its attention from low-skilled migrant workers and focusing more on 'high roller investors', with hundreds expected to arrive as a result of the new border exemptions. But the Government has sent a message saying industries that rely on low-skilled will need to change their ways. Read more
Chief Economist Dr Eric Crampton discusses the immigration reset on Radio New Zealand - The Panel hosted by Wallace Chapman.