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Nathan Smith

Chief Editor

Nathan is The New Zealand Initiative’s chief editor. He ensures the team’s research is delivered in a clear and timely fashion so it can receive maximum impact among New Zealand’s top decision-makers.

He brings deep experience writing about business and policy from his eight years as a reporter for The National Business Review and holds a Bachelor of Communication from Massey University. During his time at the NBR, he wrote weekly columns on foreign affairs and trade, coordinated the newspaper’s feature section and covered the country’s most exciting technology companies and startups.

Latest report:
Democracy in the Dark (2020)
Research Note: Reinforcing New Zealand’s trade relationships after Covid-19 (2020)

Phone: +64 4 499 9102


Recent Work

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Podcast #17: David Law on retirement policy after Covid-19

Pulling New Zealand out of the fiscal hole opened up by Covid-19 will require a lot of new spending, which the government has already announced. But the crisis also offers the country a chance to rethink its expensive retirement schemes like Kiwisaver, the New Zealand Superannuation and the Superannuation Fund. Read more

Dr David Law
Nathan Smith
10 July, 2020
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Podcast #16: Bryce Wilkinson unpacks Modern Monetary Theory

The concept of modern monetary theory is back. This set of economic ideas has been around for a while but has risen to prominence recently through the work of American economist and adviser to Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign, Stephanie Kelton, whose book 'The Deficit Myth' was released in June. Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
Nathan Smith
3 July, 2020
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Podcast #15: How to think about cannabis legalisation, with Dr Eric Crampton

On this week’s New Zealand Initiative podcast, Kiwis are set to vote in a referendum to legalise cannabis on September 19.It’s a controversial topic for some, but chief economist Dr Eric Crampton says thinking about cannabis from an economic perspective can help clear up many misconceptions and worries.Understandably, he says cannabis legalisation is a fairly new path for most countries that have already passed it, so there is not a lot of solid data about how it affects society. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Nathan Smith
26 June, 2020

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