Closing his 2020 Budget speech, Finance Minister Grant Robertson looked back to the First and Fourth Labour governments for lessons on how to tackle New Zealand’s current economic challenges. His first history lesson was that the way forward today lay in the “great traditions of the First Labour Government” (1935–49) that “rebuilt New Zealand after the Great Depression” under Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage. Read more
New Zealand’s isolated geography should not fool us. In our interconnected world, no country is an island – at least metaphorically.
What happens in other places affects New Zealand: culturally, politically and economically.
A greater awareness of global affairs helps us make better choices for the future of our country. It enables us to learn from the successes and failures of others. And it allows us to engage with our international peers on areas of mutual and strategic interest.
The New Zealand Initiative research follows international affairs, assesses their significance for New Zealand, and comments on them to help define the nation’s place in the global space.