Tagged: local government

Picking zones and picking winners - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Feb 22, 2017

The push for more localist approaches to policy problems in New Zealand continues to gather steam. Earlier this month, the McGuinness Institute argued for what they’re calling Demarcation Zones for policy trials. Their formulation differs a bit from what we at the Initiative proposed in 2015, but the core idea is similar: let local communities take on additional … Read More

Quake-prone heritage buildings: spring cleaning - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 25, 2016

Wellington’s quake-prone heritage-listed buildings remain scary. My column in this week’s NBR ($) suggests prioritising the risky heritage buildings, pulling the heritage listings from the scariest ones, and putting public money into the ones where the heritage amenity is really worth it.  Or, Council could just buy the buildings from their owners, fix them itself, and sell them afterwards – … Read More

1876 revisited? - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Oct 22, 2015

The New Zealand Initiative was out this week with a new report, In the Zone: Creating a Toolbox for Regional Prosperity. If I’ve understood correctly their proposal, local authorities would be able to seek approval from central government to run policy experiments in their own areas (freeing up the Overseas Investment Act, legalising drugs, prohibiting prostitution, banning private schools, … Read More