AUCKLAND – The New Zealand Powerhouse Institute, a market liberal think tank, has expressed hope for a socially progressive agenda under the new Labour-NZ First government while remaining concerned about their economic program. The Institute’s Chief Executive, Mitchell Palmer, particularly raised concerns about a possible return to the interventionist and protectionist policies of Muldoon’s and other governments before his. He said, “We should not retreat from the hard-earnt economic respectability this country has benefited from since the brave reforms of Roger Douglas and his Cabinet colleagues in the Fourth Labour Government.” Mr Palmer was particularly concerned by the Prime Minister’s … Continue reading Think tank seeking economic shrewdness, hopeful for social progress under new Government
This letter was written and sent to the Editor of the New Zealand Herald by Mitchell Palmer, the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Powerhouse Institute, in response to Peter Malcolm’s article in the Friday 28th July Herald, titled “Make … Continue reading A Letter to the Editor of the NZ Herald
The Māori Party recently proposed a radical reform to the New Zealand railways called IwiRail. This system would restore mothballed routes, whether or not it was economic to do so, and have employment as a key aim. While we agree … Continue reading Fast Track: The Case for Opening Up New Zealand’s Rail Network
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 20-07-17 Think tank welcomes social investment approach AUCKLAND – The New Zealand Powerhouse Institute, a think tank, has welcomed the development of a social investment approach by the National-led Government under Bill English. The Chief … Continue reading Welcoming the Social Investment Approach
Immigration is an important contributor to our economy. As a small growing nation there is no way we could possibly provide enough skilled labour from the current population stock to maintain the current rate of growth in the economy and … Continue reading Auctions: The Answer to Our Immigration Problems?
New Zealand’s education system should be the pride of the nation, a place of rigourous and world-leading teaching and learning and an avenue of social mobility through which children born of the worst-off parents can become leaders of the nation. … Continue reading Failed Schools: How to Fix the Education System
New Zealand is obligated under various international treaties and laws to manage her greenhouse emissions. She, like many other market nations, uses an emissions trading scheme in order to utilise the market to create a price for carbon emissions and … Continue reading Protecting our Environment: Get Rid of the ETS
For classical liberals, Trump is obviously not the ideal solution and the Institute is not going to render an opinion on who would’ve been a better choice – we prefer to let bygones be bygones. But we should at least … Continue reading Classical Liberalism in the Trump Era
Drug laws are in a worldwide state of flux. Many nations and parts of the United States have begun to reform their drug laws, mostly beginning with cannabis. However, New Zealand, normally a bastion of liberalization, is stuck in 1970s. The NZPI here presents a comprehensive discussion of the issues with our current drug laws and a liberal solution.
An interesting article on why the President-elect, despite all Republican attempts to cast him as such, is not a fiscal conservative and is dangerous for the market-based system, this piece from Bloomberg discusses why Trump’s favoured ad-hoc intervention in the … Continue reading A Warning to Trump From Friedrich Hayek