EPS 144 Peter Nunns

Podcast: Benchmarking New Zealand's infrastructure delivery costs

Director of Economics for the Infrastructure Commission, Peter Nunns, talks to Eric Crampton, Chief Economist for The New Zealand Initiative, about his research on the cost to deliver infrastructure in New Zealand and the need to improve the efficiency of our infrastructure sector, rather than only focusing on broadening the funding and financing options available to it. For more, please read the Infrastructure Commission’s report, “The lay of the land: Benchmarking New Zealand’s infrastructure delivery costs.” To listen to our latest podcasts, please subscribe to The New Zealand Initiative podcast on iTunes, Spotify or The Podcast App. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Peter Nunns
20 February, 2023
Free Speech Union Podcast

Free Speech Union's Podcast: The Roald Dahl Re-Edits and Dignity in Debate

Free Speech Union spokesperson Dane Giraud speaks to James Kierstead, who gives his summary of the failed hate speech laws before they discuss the need for generosity towards your ideological opponents, the woke re-editing of Roald Dahl's books, and the general issue with translations and tampering with texts.

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Dr James Kierstead
Free Speech Union
20 February, 2023
EPS 145 Free Kiwis

Free Kiwis! podcast: Emeritus Professor Roger Openshaw

Roger Openshaw is Emeritus Professor of Education at Massey University. We drew on his rich knowledge of NZ educational history as we discussed the changing relationship between central government and NZ schools over the past century or so; the perils and promises of the new history curriculum; and how solid the evidence is for the common assertion that the NZ education system is racist. Read more

Dr Michael Johnston
Dr James Kierstead
Professor Emeritus Roger Openshaw
20 February, 2023
Taxpayer Talk

Peter Williams Hosts Taxpayer Talk: Dr Oliver Hartwich And Callum Purves On The Future Of Local Government

In this edition of Taxpayer Talk, the focus is on local government with guests Dr Oliver Hartwich and Callum Purves. A review into the future of local government has been commissioned but it fails to address the main issues affecting the sector, in particular the way it’s funded and what its main functions should be. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Peter Williams, Callum Purves
The Taxpayers’ Union
17 February, 2023
EPS 143 Cycle Gabrielle

Podcast: The economic effects of Cyclone Gabrielle

Resilient infrastructure is crucial for protecting people during disasters and ensuring that communities can bounce back quickly in the aftermath of a crisis. Two powerful examples of this can be seen in New Zealand's response to the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and, more recently, Cyclone Gabrielle. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Dr Eric Crampton
Dr Bryce Wilkinson
15 February, 2023
Houses Wellington

Local autonomy ends when it wrecks housing affordability

Chris Bishop asked an excellent question during last week’s Select Committee hearings into the government’s proposed Natural and Built Environment Act. “Where does local democracy stop and the legitimate …national interest kick in?” The question cuts to the heart of one of the debates around resource management reform. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
14 February, 2023
inflation square

Inflation a matter of hope and wait

The December 2022 inflation figures are out, and the news is not particularly good. While most bank economists expected annual inflation to fall in Q4, it remained at 7.2%, so inflation has plateaued rather than decreased. Read more

Dr Christoph Schumacher
National Business Review
13 February, 2023

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