The New Zealand Initiative is New Zealand’s leading think tank.

Since being founded in 2012, we have been producing leading research into a number of areas of interest to New Zealanders, including housing, education, local government reform, the environment, and health.

Our thought-provoking reports feature prominently in the media, ensuring that our robust research informs debates on public policy.

Through our research, we uncover policies and ideas that promote a competitive, open, and dynamic economy, and a free, fair, and cohesive society.

For more information about particular areas of research, please select from the categories on the side panel.

Our Research 

The Initiative produces accessible, evidence-based research (available in print and online) with a focus on policy areas we believe are vital for a free and prosperous New Zealand. 

Our researchers appear regularly in the opinion pages of the country's leading newspapers and online magazines, including weekly columns in The New Zealand Herald and Newsroom, and a fortnightly column in The Dominion Post. They also regularly comment in their areas of expertise, both through media releases and as go-to experts on radio and television.


BrucePlested circle1Our lives are enriched and our minds widened by your regular articles and opinions on matters of New Zealand and global importance.
Bruce Plested, Executive Chairman & Founding Owner, Mainfreight


BernardHickey circle2I find The New Zealand Initiative’s reports and its regular involvement in the public debate very helpful to me as an economic and political journalist. I may not always agree with the perspectives, but I always appreciate the depth of the Initiative’s research and the engaging way it gets that out into the public sphere. It often helps me think anew about thorny issues.
Bernard Hickey, Journalist and publisher, Newsroom

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