Principles

The New Zealand Powerhouse Institute believes that liberalism – of the classical variety – offers the best way forward for the citizens of our great nation.

We believe that free markets work best for all New Zealanders, including and especially the poor. We believe in a New Zealand in which all New Zealanders are able to thrive in a market-oriented free society; a New Zealand where you can choose how you educate your children, where you aren’t locked in jail for smoking marijuana, where suffering Kiwis can die in dignity, where housing is affordable and where our environment is safe.

In the words of Frédéric Bastiat:

It seems to me that this is theoretically right, for whatever the question under discussion—whether religious, philosophical, political, or economic; whether it concerns prosperity, morality, equality, right, justice, progress, responsibility, cooperation, property, labor, trade, capital, wages, taxes, population, finance, or government—at whatever point on the scientific horizon I begin my researches, I invariably reach this one conclusion: The solution to the problems of human relationships is to be found in liberty.

For a more detailed explanation of our philosophy see our recommended reading page which includes an introduction to classical liberalism.