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Better living through plastics

Time flies. Was it only a year ago that New Zealand’s ban on disposable plastic bags at the supermarket came in? It’s hard to tell anymore. January seemed to last about a week, February was about two months long and April… well, April’s been longer than usual and is far from over. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
17 April, 2020

Media Release: Congestion charging: It works!

New Zealand can learn from international experiences showing congestion pricing systems can be successfully introduced – and with the support of the public, says a new report released today by The New Zealand Initiative. Read more

Media Release
28 January, 2020
OH AM Show 28 Jan Pricing out congestion

Let's get our roads moving

Our new report, Pricing out Congestion: Experiences from abroad, looks overseas to see how other cities have successfully implemented road pricing systems that work for their people and their environment. Oliver Hartwich explains on The AM Show, the benefits of a road pricing system and what New Zealand can learn from these international examples. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
The AM Show
28 January, 2020
Traffic jam

Benefits of a road pricing system to reduce congestion

New Zealand's road congestion is getting worse. Motorists are spending more and more time stuck in traffic. Oliver Hartwich speaks to Mike Hosking on Newstalk ZB about how a well-designed road pricing system for New Zealand could reduce our shocking congestion problems. Our new report, Pricing Out Congestion: Experiences from abroad looks overseas to see how other cities have successfully implemented systems that work for their people and their environment - and what New Zealand could learn from them. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Newstalk ZB
28 January, 2020

Media Release: The importance of promoting mining for the benefit of New Zealanders

Public policy think tank The New Zealand Initiative opposes changing the purpose of the Crown Minerals Act from the promotion of mining for the benefit of New Zealanders.In our submission on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s discussion document: Review of the Crown Minerals Act 1991, the Initiative addresses questions raised about the role and purpose of the Crown Minerals Act (CMA).The Initiative believes contrary to what is proposed in the discussion document, the word “promote” should be retained. Read more

Media Release
27 January, 2020
education new zealand2

Teach subject knowledge, not activism

Last week, an educational resource unveiled by Ministers Shaw and Hipkins was praised by The Guardian newspaper for putting New Zealand “at the forefront of climate change education worldwide”. ACT MP David Seymour judged differently, describing the same resource as “state-organised bullying”. Read more

Briar Lipson
Insights newsletter
24 January, 2020

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