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It’s time to get serious about New Zealand’s recovery

New Zealand faces its worst recession in nearly a century. Unfortunately, the economic response to the challenges of Covid-19 leaves much to be desired. Most new policy initiatives proposed in the run-up to the 2020 general election range from trivial at best to economic sabotage at worst. New Zealanders deserve better.The scale of the problem is immense.Independent forecasts by the OECD predict an unemployment rate of 8.9% next year, and figures released by Statistics New Zealand for the June quarter... Read more

Dr David Law
Insights Newsletter
9 October, 2020
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Working group enlightenment

It took New Zealand to disprove the entire body of political science.For millennia, political philosophy was thought to be about the dual question of who rules and for what purpose. Over this question, wars were fought, revolutions triggered and kings beheaded.Not any longer. New Zealand politics reveals the essence of politics is not to rule while preventing anyone else from ruling.To achieve this political enlightenment, one has to be elected ... Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
9 October, 2020
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Dear Minister: A Roadmap for Recovery

New Zealand faces its worst recession in nearly a century. Unfortunately, the economic response to the challenges of covid-19 leaves much to be desired. Most new policy initiatives proposed in the run-up to the 2020 general election range from trivial at best to economic sabotage at worst. New Zealanders deserve better. So - this week my colleagues and I at the New Zealand Initiative released a new report, Roadmap for Recovery: Briefing to the Incoming Government, to help plug the... Read more

Dr David Law
BusinessDesk
9 October, 2020

Media release: ‘The only briefing a minister needs,’ report presents key solutions for next government

Wellington, 7 October 2020 – Over the next few years, New Zealand will face an immense challenge to keep Kiwi’s employed, get the economy growing again and rein in debt. According to a report by The New Zealand Initiative, there is also an important opportunity to fix the worst social and economic ills that have plagued this country for decades. After relative success in combatting Covid-19, Kiwis are ahead of the game and in a position to finally make up... Read more

Media release
8 October, 2020

Media release: NZ schooling must reverse alarming decline, new report says

Wellington, 6 October 2020 – New Zealand’s education system is a mess, riddled with unscientific ideas and seduced by child-centred orthodoxy, according to a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. Falling from its height as the envy of the world just twenty years ago, the Ministry of Education has let New Zealand’s education system unravel by turning the focus away from teaching knowledge and on to 21st-century “competencies.” In a comprehensive new report, New Zealand’s Education Delusion: How bad... Read more

Media release
7 October, 2020
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The worrying trend behind NZ's educational decline

Briar Lipson's new book New Zealand’s Education Delusion: How bad ideas ruined a once world-leading school system explains why there is a rot at the core of schooling in New Zealand. The report found that educational standards have plummeted over the past two decades. Where New Zealand children once topped international league tables, they now perform mediocrely. Briar talks to Mike Hosking on Newstalk ZB about what philosophy is behind this worrying trend. Read more

Briar Lipson
Mike Hosking Breakfast - Newstalk ZB
7 October, 2020
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How can we fix New Zealand's education system?

Educational standards have plummeted over the past two decades. Where New Zealand children once topped international league tables, they now perform mediocrely due to education providers blindly adhering to the philosophy of child-centred learning. Research FellowBriar Lipson talks with Duncan Garner on The AM Show about how much work is needed to fix this. Read more

Briar Lipson
The AM Show
7 October, 2020
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What's going wrong in our schools?

Research Fellow Briar Lipson explains in a new book why New Zealand’s education system is a mess, riddled with unscientific ideas and seduced by child-centred orthodoxy.She talks to John Campbell on TVNZ Breakfast about how to create the corrective shift that will reverse the decline and narrow New Zealand's educational inequities. Read more

Briar Lipson
TVNZ Breakfast
7 October, 2020

Media release: No need for wasteful emissions politics

Wellington, 7 October 2020 - If the major political parties were taking climate change seriously, they would rely on the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) not add wasteful targets, says The New Zealand Initiative chief economist Dr Eric Crampton. Today, the Labour party unveiled its promise to mandate zero-emission buses by 2025 and to ban some new coal-fired boilers. A few weeks ago, the National party also promoted electric vehicles. Read more

Media Release
7 October, 2020

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