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Media release: Kiwis don’t know basic civics, new survey says

Wellington, 9 September 2020 – Almost a third of Kiwi voters do not know which political parties are in Parliament and less than half understand how a party can get there, according to a new study. With elections just around the corner, new research by The New Zealand initiative reveals just 69% of Kiwis can name all five political parties in Parliament today. On top of that, only 46% knew that under MMP a party needs to win an electorate... Read more

Media Release
9 September, 2020

Media release: Labour misses opportunity to control Covid-19 debt

Wellington, 9 September 2020 – If Labour’s goal is to get debt back under control then it would make more sense to prune back spending, such as on superannuation, says David Law, senior research fellow at The New Zealand Initiative. Today, Labour finance minister Grant Robertson announced a lift in the top tax percentage from 33% to 39% for anyone earning over $180,000. Everyone else’s tax rate remains the same. Read more

Media Release
9 September, 2020
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Real rent control

It wasn’t that long after the Christchurch earthquakes that the calls for rent control came. The earthquakes had destroyed thousands and thousands of homes. Things were really rather dire. We lived in South New Brighton at the time; our neighbour had people living in her garden shed. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
The Dominion Post
7 September, 2020

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