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Matt Burgess


Pretence of necessity

This report reviews the New Zealand government’s climate change strategy and argues the strategy is based on a misunderstanding of the relationship between the emission trading scheme (ETS) and other policies.

The power of freedom: how personal budgets for social services are transforming lives

This report describes the independent financing model, a funding model for public services which gives control and responsibility to recipients of support services.

Real action, not empty words

This is a report about how New Zealand can maximise its contribution to reducing global emissions of greenhouse gases in the fight against catastrophic climate change.
Briefing paper

When the facts change: how the ICCC saved New Zealand from a policy disaster

This paper argues that New Zealand cannot achieve its emissions targets or be a good international citizen in practice by implementing policies that do not work. Testing is the only way to know whether proposed policies will deliver, and implemented policies are delivering, for the...

Switched on! Achieving a green, affordable and reliable energy future

New Zealand’s electricity is secure and affordable. Renewable energy has flourished in a system that for more than 30 years has operated at arm’s length from elected governments – until now. This report outlines what New Zealand should do – and what it must avoid...