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World best ETS ruined by costly emissions nonsense

FIRST PUBLISHED OCT 31, 2022 Updated Jan 19, 2023 In June 2020, the Labour government strengthened New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme, ensuring it would be effective in getting the country to net zero by 2050. The government then promptly forgot how an Emissions Trading Scheme works – if it ever understood the ETS in the first place. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
The Australian
19 January, 2023
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Podcast: Building market failure

In this week's podcast The New Zealand Initiative's chief economist, Dr Eric Crampton, chats with Christian van der Pump about building regulations, fire safety and the causes of 'market failure' in the building industry. Christian van der Pump is a professional engineer with qualifications in chemistry, engineering and economics. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Christian van der Pump
18 January, 2023
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Reflections on 2022

It is the time of the year when people reflect on the past year and wonder what the new year will have in store. So let’s take stock of 2022. Read more

Dr Christoph Schumacher
National Business Review
16 January, 2023
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Submission: The Grocery Industry Competition Bill

This submission in response to the Grocery Industry Competition Bill is made by The New Zealand Initiative (the Initiative), a Wellington-based think tank supported primarily by major New Zealand businesses. The Initiative has been actively involved in the Commerce Commission’s market study process investigating retail grocery competition. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
12 January, 2023

2022 Insights Newsletter

Insights 47: 16 December: The most exciting breakthrough of 2022 Insights 46: 9 December: Enquiring into Covid Inquiries | Three cheers for the Auditor-General | Bullsh*t detectors are the answer Insights 45: 2 December: Yet more Government contempt for New Zealand’s democracy | Wayne Brown's not-so-super city | Make it Zero Insights 44: 25 November: It’s cruel only to sound kind | Free speech and the decline of religious war | Bill of Rights contortions Insights 43: 18 November: Too early to say | My important moustache | No such thing as a free lunch? Insights 42: 11 November: How to make a problem worse | Real-time inflation tracker | Was the Spanish Inquisition ever a thing? Read more

31 December, 2022
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Podcast: Challenges proposed in new legislation for Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act

In this week's podcast The New Zealand Initiative's chief economist, Dr Eric Crampton, chats with Jonathan Alve, National Operations Manager at Hospitality New Zealand, about proposed amendments to the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act and the challenges these may hold for licence holders. To listen to our latest podcasts, please subscribe to The New Zealand Initiative podcast on iTunes, Spotify or The Podcast App. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Jonathan Alve
14 December, 2022
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Whither local government?

Perhaps the timing was simply a coincidence. But not long after central government firmed up its intention to take water infrastructure away from local government, and its intention to shift planning up from local councils to regional bodies, Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta opened a review of local government. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
13 December, 2022

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