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In this episode, Matthew discusses his new report with Oliver which is about road pricing in New Zealand.They explore the history of road pricing, international examples, and potential benefits such as reducing congestion and improving infrastructure planning.Their conversation emphasises that while the economic case for road pricing is clear, the …
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In this episode, Michael and James talk to Toby Young, founder of the Free Speech Union in the United Kingdom, the associate editor of The Spectator, and a former editor of Quillette. The discussion spans a wide range of topics including the challenges to free speech in academia, the evolution of charter schools in the UK, and the broader implicati…
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This podcast episode is from our recent AI in education webinar where Michael presents his report on generative AI in education, emphasising its potential as a supportive tool while cautioning against replacing traditional learning methods.Prof Barbara Oakley joins as a special guest to provide expert commentary on the cognitive science aspects. Ol…
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In this podcast, Nick and Eric talk to Sam Broughton and Simon Randall from Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) about the potential for implementing city and regional deals in New Zealand - formal long-term partnerships between central and local government to better plan and fund local infrastructure and economic development. They explore the benef…
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In this episode, Michael and James talk to Dr Dennis Wesselbaum about issues with New Zealand's current university funding model, which relies heavily on student enrollment numbers. They explore potential reforms to create a more stable and effective system that balances access, workforce preparation, and research excellence.…
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In this episode, Michael and James talk to Jonathan Rauch, famed American journalist and senior fellow at the Brookings Institute.They discuss the importance of free speech and open debate for the advancement of knowledge and the health of our society.They explore how cultivating the skills of constructive disagreement, from the classroom to the pu…
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In this episode, Oliver talks to Dr Murray Horn, former Secretary of the New Zealand Treasury and former CEO of ANZ.They talk about the fiscal challenges facing the new government as it prepares its first budget amidst high inflation, recession, and mounting debt. Murray provides his expert perspective on what reforms are needed to control spending…
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In this episode, Oliver talks to John Morris, ONZM, an educator and a former footballer who represented NZ on an international level. They discuss the decline of New Zealand's school system in recent decades and the difficulties in reforming it. With the right changes, New Zealand's education could be turned around in the coming years.…
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In this podcast episode, James talks Professor Abhishek Saha about the state of academic freedom and free speech in UK universities.They discuss the newly passed Higher Education Freedom of Speech Act, its key provisions, and its potential impact on protecting the right of academics and students to express diverse viewpoints without fear of censors…
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In this podcast episode, Oliver and Nick discuss their recent report on China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its implications for New Zealand.They caution that while BRI investments could potentially help fund New Zealand's large infrastructure deficit, the country needs to be very careful about engagement to avoid becoming locked into China'…
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In this episode, Oliver Hartwich interviews Dr Michael Johnston about the free speech event at Victoria University that was postponed due to backlash within the university. They discuss the importance of free speech in liberal democracies, the changing perception of free speech as a partisan issue, and the concerning trend of young people trying to…
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In this episode, Eric Crampton talks to Frederico Fernández, Founder and CEO of We Are Innovation, about their recent global index ranking countries' policies on safer nicotine alternatives. They explore how allowing access to options like vaping, snus and heated tobacco can drive down smoking rates more effectively than traditional tobacco control…
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Oliver and Michael talk about Germany's dual education system with Rachel Simpson, Manager for Education, Skills and Immigration at Business NZ.Recently, Michael and Rachel were on a business delegation to Germany to find out about their dual education system first-hand.In this episode, they discuss what this system looks like in Germany, what make…
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In this episode, Michael talks to Holly Gooch and Izzy Bremner, from The Hyphen Project, about what it might be like for people who are perhaps not considered the "norm" in our large school system.They talk about The Hyphen Project, which is a talent incubator for 16-19 year olds who are talented, neurodivergent and have not gotten on well with the…
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New Zealanders have been spending a lot more overseas than we have been earning overseas, yet our balance does not move in the same direction nearly as much.Oliver talks to Bryce about his latest research note "The mystery of the $52 billion gift: Does New Zealand have a fairy godmother?".To read his research note, find it on our website https://ww…
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In this episode, Oliver talks to our new Senior Fellow, Economics and Advocacy, Nick Clark. This week he has released a new policy point called "Fast-Track Approvals Bill" which they talk about in this episode. They also talk about what Nick is looking forward to working on.To read Nick's policy point visit our website: https://www.nzinitiative.org…
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Oliver and Matthew discuss NZ's infrastructure deficit, delivery and management which was the subject of Matthew's last column in the NZ Herald "Deficit obsession ignores abysmal state of Kiwi infrastructure delivery". You can read Matthew's article here: https://www.nzinitiative.org.nz/deficit-obsession-ignores-abysmal-state-of-kiwi-infrastructure…
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In this episode, Eric talks to Danyl Mclauchlan, one of NZ's top political writers who is often featured in The New Zealand Listener and on Substack. He has written recently on turmoil in Wellington's pipe network and writes more broadly on the state of politics and the state of the polity. They have a wide-ranging chat about all of this as well as…
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Non-academic staff outnumber academic staff in NZ universities. Recently, we found the point in time when this happened.Oliver talks to James about our latest research note, "When the Bloat Began: Non-Academic Staffing at New Zealand Universities over the Long Run (1961-1997)", authored by James and Michael.They discuss this new research note, a fe…
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In the past, competitors could stop each other's projects through land-use planning. Although some of that has been dialled back, it's coming back in other ways.Eric talks to Kevin Counsell, Director at NERA, who has a lot of experience with these processes.www.nzinitiative.org.nzKirjoittanut The New Zealand Initiative
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Oliver talks to Professor Francis Greene from the University of Edinburgh Business School about entrepreneurship.They have a fascinating conversation about entrepreneurship as an idea, as a function and as a part of economics. They also talk about entrepreneurial people and the role AI plays now and in the future.www.nzinitiative.org.nz…
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