Wellington (Monday, 18 July 2022) – A policy paper released today by The New Zealand Initiative rebuts the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety’s claim to a select committee that New Zealand’s labour productivity growth rate since 1991 was 46% below that of Australia. On figures recently supplied by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the correct figure was 30%. Read more
The Euro has lost ground against the united states dollar for the first time in twenty years. Oliver Hartwich joined Andrew Dickens, Newstalk ZB, to explain how this happened. Read more
Oliver Hartwich talks to Rachel Smalley, Today FM about the greatest challenge facing New Zealand. He explains the work of The New Zealand Initiative and highlights it's research on public policy issues across the spectrum from local government, housing, planning and education. Read more
Oliver Hartwich talks to Wolfgang Müller, SBS Radio about how Australia and New Zealand are getting closer. He explains how the relationship has improved since the change in Australian government and what this means for New Zealanders living in Australia. Read more
Eric Crampton discusses with Tova O'Brien on Today FM whether we should ban single use plastic bottles and phase them out with the rest of single use plastics. Read more
Peta Credlin interviews Oliver Hartwich about New Zealand's increase in domestic issues (prolonged Covid lockdown, housing crisis, declining education standards, falling tourism, increase in crime, changes to democracy) and what Australia can learn from this. Read more
Wellington (Tuesday, 5 July 2022) – A policy paper released today by The New Zealand Initiative suggests that Minister Wood's assertions about wage rates are based on myths rather than facts. The Minister’s claim that labour’s share has fallen since 1991 is not true for employee’s share, and it is employees’ liberty that he intends to reduce. Read more
Oliver Hartwich joins Mike Treen and Damien Grant on The Working Groups Weekly Political Podcast hosted by Martyn Bradbury. They discuss a range of issues including Roe vs Wade, Economic Recession vs Economic Depression and Jacinda in Europe. Read more
Eric Crampton talks to Heather Du Plessis Allan, Newstalk ZB about why we should care that Labour gave NZTA officials less than 24 hours to come up with policy on the petrol excise duty discount.
Bryce Wilkinson talks to Tim Dower, Newstalk ZB Early Edition about the 0.2 per cent shrink in New Zealand's economy in the first quarter of the year. Read more
Eric Crampton talks to Bryan Crump, Radio NZ Nights about his favourite economist - Gordon Tulloch.
In his weekly podcast, Martyn Bradbury discusses the issues of the week with David Seymour, Damien Grant and Oliver Hartwich.
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