Eric Crampton

Podcast: Eric Crampton on safety measures ahead of the opening of the trans Tasman bubble

In this week's Initiative podcast, and ahead of the trans Tasman bubble opening up on 19 April 2021, Chief Economist Dr Eric Crampton discusses the safety measures that should already be in place to make this a success and, hopefully, put New Zealand on track to open up bubbles with other low-risk countries. 

 

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Dr Eric Crampton
Podcast
9 April, 2021
Germany clock

When time stood still

If you want to get an idea of the European Union’s ability to make good decisions and implement them swiftly, you could look at its Covid vaccination rollout. But if that is too depressing, you could also consider the farce around Europe’s Daylight Savings Time. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Newsroom
6 April, 2021
David round green FINAL v2

Podcast: Dr David Law on the housing package and what it will mean for the housing market and rental market

Dr Oliver Hartwich and Dr David Law discuss the details of the government's new housing package and what it will mean for the housing market, house prices and first home buyers. They also discuss the consequences for the rental market and the pitfalls of rent controls. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Dr David Law
Podcast
31 March, 2021
Bryce Wilkinson

Podcast: Bryce Wilkinson on the Government's Pharmac review

In this short podcast, Senior Fellow Dr Bryce Wilkinson outlines the Government's review into Pharmac. He says the review will focus on how Pharmac performs against its current objectives (and if there could be any improvements), and whether Pharmac's objectives maximise its potential to help improve health outcomes for all New Zealanders. Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
Podcast
30 March, 2021
holiday v2

Time to tackle tourism infrastructures funding problem

This month events at either end of the country highlighted a fundamental failure afflicting New Zealand’s biggest pre-Covid export earner: tourism. On 10 March, Auckland Council heard submissions on when it should reintroduce its Accommodation Provider Targeted Rate (APTR), which is uses to fund Auckland events and destination marketing. Read more

Roger Partridge
NZ Herald
30 March, 2021
Treaty of Waitangi

Unbalanced compulsory NZ history curriculum lacks humanity

Eighteen months ago, the Government announced a curriculum change making it compulsory for all schools to teach “key aspects” of New Zealand history. The Ministry of Education was tasked with creating a new curriculum to “span the full range of New Zealanders’ experiences… with contemporary issues directly linked to major events of the past.” Asking the Ministry of Education to draft a compulsory New Zealand History curriculum for school children was always fraught with risk. Read more

Roger Partridge
Bowalley Road
27 March, 2021

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