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‘Insights’ is the weekly newsletter of The New Zealand Initiative. Every Friday it provides comment pieces on domestic and global policy issues and the state of the world as such. It is a newsletter serious enough for a think tank – and lighthearted enough for an enjoyable Friday afternoon read. Please subscribe to ‘Insights’ by visiting the website of The New Zealand Initiative: www.nzinitiative.org.nz

News about Niue

Niue is a place in need of foreign aid, mainly from New Zealand. It is unclear whether an invasion of Australian libertarians would change that. [...]

Monetary policy needs public scrutiny

Central banks have a crucial role to fulfil in our economies. This role thus deserves public scrutiny and debate. Given the RBNZ’s independence, external commentary on its actions is the most effective check on its operations. [...]

Time for a New Zealand first

Over the next parliamentary term, many tough nuts need to be cracked, chief among them the overhaul of our planning laws. What better way to go about such seminal reforms than with a large majority? [...]

When pop and politics collide

It is a distraction that National could do without this election year. Instead of battling the opposition, they are facing Eminem’s lawyers in the High Court. [...]

Manifesto 2017

Election years should be festivals of democracy. They should be about debating novel ways of tackling our country’s most pressing problems. [...]

English’s super reset

It is good that Prime Minister Bill English has restarted the Super debate. However, his plans could have been better. [...]

A robo-tax

Bill Gates wants a tax on robots. But what about all the other things that have made us ever made more productive? [...]