Policy

Regulatory charter: building regulatory system

Supporting the living regulatory system approach, this charter reinforces shared ownership for the system among those with regulatory functions and is designed to support cooperation between system participants and ensure any changes contribute to the desired outcomes of the system as a whole.
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Regulatory stewardship

Regulatory stewardship is a responsibility of government regulatory agencies. It involves them adopting a whole-of-system, lifecycle view of regulation, and taking a proactive, collaborative approach, to the monitoring and care of the regulatory system(s) within which they have policy or operational responsibilities.
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Returns to adult education and training in New Zealand

In this paper, the authors analyse the impact of adult education and training on labour market outcomes. Using the New Zealand Household Labour Force Survey linked to administrative education and earnings data, it is estimated that on average, studying for a tertiary qualification increases the...
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Biodiversity native forests report

This report explores the financial gap favouring monoculture exotic forests over biodiverse native forests in New Zealand, and the incentives, policy settings and funding mechanisms required to ‘reset the balance’ by levelling the playing field for native forests.
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The housing landscape in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) and Te Tai Tokerau (Northland)

This report seeks to aid those in the housing sector in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) and Te Tai Tokerau (Northland), to identify opportunities for engagement, investment and greater impact. While the focus is on housing in Te Tai Tokerau and Tāmaki Makaurau, some insights are offered...
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Financial capability barometer 2018-2019

The Financial Capability Barometer 2018-2019 was a survey of 15,519 adult New Zealanders on their financial behaviours, attitudes and experiences. The data has provided valuable insights into the state of New Zealanders’ personal finances. Importantly, the survey is also a snapshot of New Zealand’s personal...
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Decision trees: forestry in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme post-2020

In June 2020, the New Zealand Government passed the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reform) Amendment Act 2020 (ETR Act) to reform the architecture of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS). As a result of the ETR Act, from 1 January 2023, post-1989...
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Our atmosphere and climate 2020

Our atmosphere and climate 2020 is the latest in a series of environmental reports produced by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ. New Zealand's changing climate is explored in five chapters that show how, why, and what is happening to New Zealand's climate...
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Hamilton-Waikato Metropolitan Area: role and function now and in to the future

This study outlines the current roles and functions of the Metro Area, explores the economic linkages between the Metro Area and wider Waikato and Auckland, discusses some scenarios of development over the next 30 to 50 years; and assesses the impact of the connections on...
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New Zealand's education delusion: how bad ideas ruined a once world-leading school system

This report explores the origins and consequences of New Zealand’s adherence to child-centred education. It contrasts the scientific consensus about how children learn with the different and, in many ways, contradictory advice given to educators and policymakers. It exposes how parts of the research community...