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COVID -19 survey research notes

This document contains existing surveys of individual and business views, attitudes and behaviours around the virus, and the government's response to COVID-19.

MediaWorks television: death of a thousand cuts?

MediaWorks’ announcements in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes.This paper critically assesses MediaWorks’ claims and suggests that its diagnoses of the market challenges it faces are being shaped by...
Discussion paper

Solving and creating problems: online voting in New Zealand

This paper was written to provide background material and references on some of the issues raised in discussions around online voting for government elections - it is not an analysis of any specific policy, document or model of online voting.
Policy report

Inclusive workspaces: diversity and public policy

Workplace inequality remains a challenge for diversity and inclusion in New Zealand. So what role can public policy and the state sector play to promote and encourage positive change?

Strengthening local voices

This report is about how the right to ‘have a say’ in local government in New Zealand has slowly eroded in recent years. The principle of subsidiarity holds that decisions should be made at the level closest to those affected by them, yet the ability...