Media Release: Barbara Chapman appointed Deputy Chair of The New Zealand Initiative's Board of Directors

The New Zealand Initiative has appointed Barbara Chapman, CNZM, as Deputy Chair of its Board of Directors. Ms Chapman, who has sat on the Initiative Board since 2017, is a former Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of ASB Bank.Ms Chapman is chair of Genesis Energy and a Board member of NZME, Fletcher Building and IAG. She is also a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council and a panel member of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Review.She... Read more

Media Release
13 June, 2019
Oliver Hartwich ABC Media

Calls for New Zealand's Treasury and Central Bank to lift their game

New Zealand attracted global attention after unveiling a "world-first" well-being budget. It's based on priorities such as mental health and child poverty instead of the usual growth and jobs. However, both the NZ Treasury and Reserve Bank have been under fire, raising questions as to whether such a budget could be implemented. Oliver Hartwich discusses the issues with both institutions on Australia's ABC Business News. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
ABC Business (Australia)
11 June, 2019

Discussing New Zealand's 100% renewable energy policy

As we wait for the release of the Interim Climate Change Committee's (ICCC) report on the 100% renewable energy policy, the Initiative's Matt Burgess and Oliver Hartwich explain why a Government decision to abandon the policy and take a different approach will be a win for the environment and a win for Kiwi households - and that is something to be congratulated. Read more

7 June, 2019

Patrick Carvalho discusses lowering the speed limits

The Government is not considering lowering the speed limits on most major roads, despite new evidence showing around 87 percent of speed limits are too high for the conditions. But is it that simple: reducing the road toll by lowering the speed limits? Patrick Carvalho discusses this topic with Heather du Plessis-Allan on Newstalk ZB. Read more

Dr Patrick Carvalho
Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive - Newstalk ZB
5 June, 2019

Media release: Ministry and Teachers' Unions should be open to new approaches

Wellington (28 May 2019): As teachers prepare to leave the classroom on strike, a new policy point released by The New Zealand Initiative proposes a potential solution to the seemingly impossible impasse. "Minister Hipkins is in a thoroughly unenviable position," said Dr Eric Crampton, the Initiative’s Chief Economist and author of Biting education bullets. "Providing a pay increase sufficient to attract and retain the best teachers would blow out the budget if offered to all 60,000 existing teachers. Read more

Media release
28 May, 2019

Media Release: NCEA changes a welcome start to improving student and educational equity

Public policy think tank The New Zealand Initiative welcomes the changes to NCEA that have been announced today by Education Minister Chris Hipkins. It is encouraging that the Minister’s NCEA Change Package mirrors so many of the recommendations in our 2018 report, Spoiled by Choice: How NCEA hampers education, and what it needs to succeed. For example to: Read more

Media Release
13 May, 2019

Fresh Water Thinking

Eric Frykberg discusses our new report Refreshing Water in the Rural News update on Radio New Zealand.Author Eric Crampton explains why a cap-and-trade system (similar to the Emissions Trading Scheme) would give New Zealand a real chance to substantially improve the sustainability of our rivers and aquifers. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Rural News - Radio New Zealand
7 May, 2019
water ocean

Talking water

Dr Eric Crampton speaks to Ngati Porou radio about his report, Refreshing Water, saying we believe our research provides a tool that will help Minister Parker, and the Government, achieve their goals of improving freshwater in New Zealand as outlined in the Essential Freshwater programme. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Ngati Porou Radio
7 May, 2019
Barbara Oakley

Barbara Oakley on The AM Show about ‘Learning How to Learn’

Our International guest speaker Professor Barbara Oakley is a Professor of Engineering at Oakland University in Michigan. Over the past years, she has made a name for herself in promoting new and better ways of learning based on findings from neuroscience.Her 2014 book A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra) was a New York Times bestseller. A year later, she started the free online course Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental... Read more

Barbara Oakley
The AM Show
1 May, 2019

Matt Burgess discusses the Government's 100% renewables policy on TVNZ Breakfast

The Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC) will present its report to Government on transitioning New Zealand to 100% renewable electricity by 2035 this month.Research Fellow Matt Burgess is the author of our recent research report Switched On! Achieving a green, affordable and reliable energy future. He says that New Zealand is well placed to increase the share of renewable electricity from its current level of 83% to 95% over the next 20 years even without further government intervention.However, the report... Read more

Matt Burgess
TVNZ Breakfast
1 May, 2019

Media release: New research raises questions about Bali Haque's Tomorrow's Schools review

Wellington (5 April 2019): A comprehensive and year-long econometric analysis of data for 400,000 students undertaken by The New Zealand Initiative reveals there are no significant differences in school performance between schools of different deciles. Adjusted for the different student populations they serve, the vast majority of New Zealand’s secondary schools create the education outcomes we would expect from them. This finding calls into question the assertion of the Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce, led by Bali Haque, which claimed that... Read more

Media release
8 April, 2019

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