Bridge to the Future

The cancellation of KiwiRail’s $3 billion upgrade of the decrepit fleet of Cook Strait ferries provides an opportunity to finally build what New Zealand really needs: the Cook Strait Bridge. This 27-kilometre monument to Kiwi ingenuity would show the world that we’re serious about infrastructure – and provide a handy escape hatch for those fleeing Wellington. Read more

Dr Matthew Birchall
Insights Newsletter
3 April, 2024

Luxon’s Leap: New Zealand after Ardern

“All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs.” At least according to Enoch Powell, and Powell certainly knew what he was writing about. Former New Zealand Prime Minister Dame Jacinda Ardern may be a rare exception. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Quadrant Magazine
2 April, 2024

Budget Policy Statement 2024: A call for vigour in challenging times

The new Government’s Budget Policy Statement, released yesterday, reflects the daunting fiscal challenges inherited from the previous Labour-led Government’s tax-deficit-and-spend policies. We empathise with the current Government’s predicament, having to navigate the consequences of excessive spending, high inflation, and a recession. Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
Insights Newsletter
28 March, 2024

Too Complex

How complex is too complex? My new report for the New Zealand Initiative, Cabinet Congestion: The Growth of a Ministerial Maze, poses this question with respect to the executive branch of New Zealand’s Government. Read more

Insights Newsletter
28 March, 2024

Navigating the fiscal hole

As the debate around New Zealand’s public finances intensifies, with talks of fiscal holes and prudent debt levels, it is time for a frank discussion about the country’s long-term fiscal sustainability. In his exit interview on TVNZ’s Q+A programme, former Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s suggested that New Zealand can and should sustain higher government debt levels than the current 30% of GDP target. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
22 March, 2024

A remedy to division

We live in divided times. Where once there was disagreement over solutions, today there is disagreement over facts. Read more

Insights Newsletter
22 March, 2024

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