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A dog's tail

Hey there, humans! It’s no wonder you’re dog's best friend. Read more

Guest writer: Humphrey the dog
Insights Newsletter
28 August, 2020
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Easing border pains

In mid-April, German sewerage experts were allowed through New Zealand’s tightly controlled border with the country still locked down at Alert Level 4. At the time, Wellington ratepayers were paying nearly $100,000 a day to ferry wastewater by truck from the city's Moa Point treatment plant to a landfill. Read more

Roger Partridge
Insights Newsletter
27 August, 2020
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Covid-19 costs and benefits – revisited

For those who care about New Zealanders’ wellbeing, the central issue is if the benefits of any given level of lockdown plausibly exceed the costs. About four months ago, I calculated it might be worth sacrificing 6.1% of one year of New Zealand’s GDP if doing so was sure to permanently avoid 33,600 Covid deaths. Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
Insights Newsletter
21 August, 2020
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Podcast #22: Eric Crampton on National’s border policy ideas

While the Government works to plug the gaps to help achieve its elimination strategy, opposition political party National has released its own high-level policy for border protection. It is light on the details so far, but chief economist Eric Crampton says it sets out a workable framework which is worth adding to the pool of ideas for what to do about the border. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Nathan Smith
Podcast
21 August, 2020
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Bordering on policy

The Prime Minister has declared this year’s election, now postponed until October, a “Covid election.” That is an unfortunate framing. Though dealing with Covid is crucial for the country’s short- to mid-term future, there are plenty of other attention-deserving issues like education, housing and transport. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
21 August, 2020

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