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Saving our roads from misnomers

A Twitter-storm has raged over the last week about Auckland Council’s rules requiring community consultation before private developers can name new roads. Apparently, some Aucklanders believe that holding up housing projects while developers comply with council road-naming requirements is unacceptable red tape. Read more

Roger Partridge
Insights Newsletter
25 October, 2019
House5

Property rights and Ihumatao blues

The apparently successful illegal occupation of private property in Auckland’s Ihumātao is potentially a serious setback for the rule of law, and thereby New Zealanders’ wellbeing. Also disturbing are the more immediate implications for Auckland housing and the Treaty of Waitangi claims process. Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
Insights Newsletter
27 September, 2019
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Rubbish numbers distort our perspective

Douglas Adams' classic The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy offers salient advice about an awful lot of things. Don't listen to Vogon poetry. Don't forget where your towel is. And don't have too strong a sense of perspective because fully recognising our place as an insignificant dot on an insignificant dot against the vastness of all creation is mentally debilitating. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Stuff
21 September, 2019
Building house

Housing despair

The New Zealand Initiative has been a staunch supporter of the coalition government’s housing agenda. While we warned that Kiwibuild would not fix the housing crisis but rather risked diverting the government’s attention from more important reforms, we have had every confidence in Minister Twyford’s wider vision. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
23 August, 2019
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We Prefer Potato!

“It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes,” said Douglas Adams of the Silastic Armourfiends of Striterax in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.The aliens believed they could control their anger by punching potatoes. Alas, once they started doing that, it did not take long for them to get bored and shoot people instead. Our government on earth seems to be taking policy advice from the Armourfiends, pursuing a potato obsession without care... Read more

Toby Fitzsimmons
Insights Newsletter
23 August, 2019

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