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Podcast: Reforming New Zealand's Curriculum

In this episode, Oliver and Michael discuss recent education reform recommendations in NZ, focusing on the development of a knowledge-rich curriculum and evidence-based teaching practices. Michael, who chaired the Ministerial Advisory Group that made these recommendations, defends the proposed changes against various criticisms and emphasizes that they are based on scientific research about effective learning, not political ideology. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Dr Michael Johnston
19 July, 2024

Forty years on

“And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost.” Gandalf This week and last week, The Listener ran five articles revisiting New Zealand’s economic reforms from 1984 to 1993. Four of those articles had little good to say about them, or the people who led them with such clarity, courage and determination. Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
Insights Newsletter
19 July, 2024

Absurdity in the asylum

This week, Stuff reported on a story that seemed so absurd, it caught our attention: the idea to fence a pool on a remote island, just meters away from the Pacific Ocean. On Motukawaiti Island, 3.5km off Northland’s coast, authorities have mandated that a small swimming pool be enclosed. Read more

Insights Newsletter
19 July, 2024
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Reflections on American democracy with Alexander Heffner

We would like to invite you to a discussion with prominent US broadcaster and historian Alexander Heffner, host of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) "The Open Mind" and Bloomberg TV's "Breaking Bread with Alexander", and the co-author of the bestselling book "A Documentary History of the United States". Alexander will share his insights on the state of American democracy in the lead-up to the 2024 US Presidential elections. Read more

16 September, 2024
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Media release: Government right to rely on the Emissions Trading Scheme

Wellington (Wednesday, 17 July 2024) - The New Zealand Initiative today welcomed the government’s intention, stated in the Draft Emissions Reduction Plan, to rely on the Emissions Trading Scheme to achieve the Zero Carbon Act’s goal of net zero emissions from 2050. But it also urged measures that would strengthen the ETS. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
17 July, 2024

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