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Roadmap for Recovery: Briefing to the Incoming Government

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. Read more

The New Zealand Initiative
8 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: 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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Matt Burgess discusses Labour's 100 percent renewable target

The Labour Party is promising to bring forward its goal of 100 percent renewable electricity generation by five years to 2030.Matt Burgess is the author of our research report Switched On! Achieving a green, affordable and reliable energy future. He says that New Zealand is well placed to increase the share of renewable electricity from its current level of 83% to 95% over the next 20 years even without further government intervention.However, replacing the last 5% with renewable sources would... Read more

Matt Burgess
Mike Hosking Breakfast - Newstalk ZB
11 September, 2020

Media release: Government ignores own experts to push 100% renewables

Wellington, 11 September 2020 – The Government’s commitment to 100% renewable electricity by 2030 goes against the advice of its own independent experts, says the New Zealand Initiative. In April 2019, the Government’s Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC) found the 100% renewables policy will: Read more

Media Release
11 September, 2020

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