The New Zealand Initiative is New Zealand’s leading think tank.

Since being founded in 2012, we have been producing leading research into a number of areas of interest to New Zealanders, including housing, education, local government reform, and health.

Our thought-provoking reports feature prominently in the media, ensuring that our robust research informs debates on public policy.

Through our research we uncover policies and ideas that promote a competitive, open and dynamic economy, and a free, fair and cohesive society.

For more information about particular areas of research, please select from the categories on the side panel.

Research Plan 2017-2020

The Initiative produces accessible, evidence-based research (available in print and online) with a focus on policy areas we believe are vital for a free and prosperous New Zealand. 

Our researchers appear in the opinion pages of the country's leading newspapers and online magazines, including a weekly column in The National Business Review. They also regularly comment in their areas of expertise, both through media releases and as go-to experts on radio and television.



BrucePlested circle1Our lives are enriched and our minds widened by your regular articles and opinions on matters of New Zealand and global importance.
Bruce Plested, Executive Chairman & Founding Owner, Mainfreight


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Hon James Shaw, Minister of Climate Change and Statistics, Green Party


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Bernard Hickey, Journalist and publisher, Newsroom

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