Insights

‘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

Working group enlightenment

New Zealand’s post-modern politicians have moved past the old power philosophy and found nirvana in a place where nothing ever happens and the rulers remain untouchable in power. [...]

New Zealand won

New Zealand’s political system is not perfect. But, unlike the US, we need not be ashamed of our democratic culture. [...]

New Zealand’s top job

Being a house is the most attractive job in New Zealand today. If you do not believe me, let me tell you the story of our family home. [...]

Let’s keep hoping

To deal with the country's boiling problems requires a different approach to policymaking – one based on sound economics, not just opinion polls. [...]

Shovel-ready or not

Though shovel-ready, current government projects are just as useful as building pyramids, burying banknotes and creating earthquakes. It is not what Keynes had in mind, but it is the best his disciples can come up with these days. [...]

Bordering on policy

It is good to see some policy thinking from the opposition. The Government should engage with these ideas and build on the proposals. It can only improve its border management. [...]

Learning to live with Covid-19?

If the Government does not urgently improve its border handling capacity, there is no point pursuing elimination in New Zealand. We cannot afford to put our largest city into lockdown every few months because the border practices are not virus-tight. [...]

Cultural enrichment

While there is a Purity Law for German beer (since you asked, it’s from 1516), there is no such law for culture. [...]

The salt in the soup of democracy

Perhaps the election of Judith Collins to the National leadership does not change her party’s immediate electoral prospects. National is still fighting an uphill battle to unseat an extremely popular Prime Minister. [...]

The price for overcaution

New Zealand could keep its border shut regardless of whether it is possible to open it safely. But that would mean repeating the mistake it made during lockdown. [...]