Jason Krupp

Former Research Fellow

Jason Krupp was a Research Fellow at The New Zealand Initiative from 2013 to 2017. Before joining the Initiative, Jason was a business reporter at The Dominion Post. He previously worked for Fairfax’s Business Bureau where he was chiefly responsible for covering equity and currency markets for the group. Prior to that, he wrote for BusinessDesk, New Zealand’s only dedicated business news agency. Jason has a degree in journalism from Rhodes University, and has previously lived in Hong Kong and South Africa.

Recent Work

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Local partner, ready and willing

Local government is ready to sit down and talk with central government about improving the sector’s performance, provided policymakers in the Beehive come to the table as a partner, not as a parent. Read more

Jason Krupp
Insights Newsletter
25 November, 2016
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Time to reform the nut house

The highly clichéd pop psychology definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. If we accept this meaning, then local government in New Zealand is just plain nuts, cuckoo, cray cray, whacko and doolally. Read more

Jason Krupp
The National Business Review
11 November, 2016
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The Local Benchmark: When smaller is better

With government about to table legislation that would allow greater amalgamation of local authorities in New Zealand, this report examines how other countries have embraced the diversity of local government to enhance their economic competitiveness. Read more

Jason Krupp
25 July, 2016
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Jason Krupp on The Paul Henry Show discussing The Local Benchmark: When smaller is better

That is the question that policymakers in New Zealand have been pondering for over 170 years. It is not a simple question to answer. On one hand, local services like water provision and flood control benefit from economies of scale, but make councils too big and you lose the democratic accountability that make communities vibrant. The Local Benchmark: When Smaller is Better has sought to answer this question by examining jurisdictions that have embraced the diaspora of local government. Read more

Jason Krupp
The Paul Henry Show
25 July, 2016
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Jason Krupp discusses The Local Benchmark: When smaller is better

The New Zealand Initiative's latest report, The Local Benchmark: When smaller is better asks the question, "What is the right size for local government?". The report looks at the cities of Manchester and Montreal and their respective approaches to devolved decision-making, and also analyses the Swiss and Dutch local governance systems. Read more

Jason Krupp
24 July, 2016

Hard work on housing starts now

Last week saw a rare conjunction. Almost all the political parties agreed that Auckland’s artificial rural urban boundary had to be lifted to free up land for housing development. This kind of alignment is rarely seen astrologically, let alone in an adversarial political system. Read more

Jason Krupp
Insights Newsletter
27 May, 2016

If it walks like a dog

The first rule of journalism is that “dog bites man” is not news. But “man bites dog” is worth a news story, an editorial demanding government do something about it, and an in depth feature exploring the motivations of the biter. Read more

Jason Krupp
Insights Newsletter
13 May, 2016

Scream it from the rooftops: Supply!

With Auckland’s housing crisis now a permanent feature on the Herald’s front page, it is worth restating how this problem started: not enough homes were built to keep up with natural demand. When too many buyers chase too few goods, prices have to rise. It is a basic fundamental of economics, but one that gets lost in the rolling maul that sometimes passes for a debate around how to fix the housing problem. Read more

Jason Krupp
Insights Newsletter
22 April, 2016

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