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Podcast by The New Zealand Initiative

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Podcast by The New Zealand Initiative

    Jonathan Rauch and the Constitution of Knowledge

    Jonathan Rauch and the Constitution of Knowledge

    In this episode, Michael and James talk to Jonathan Rauch, famed American journalist and senior fellow at the Brookings Institute.


    They discuss the importance of free speech and open debate for the advancement of knowledge and the health of our society.


    They explore how cultivating the skills of constructive disagreement, from the classroom to the public square, may hold the key to navigating our increasingly polarised world and safeguarding the pursuit of truth.

    • 55 min
    Murray Horn and New Zealand's fiscal challenges

    Murray Horn and New Zealand's fiscal challenges

    In this episode, Oliver talks to Dr Murray Horn, former Secretary of the New Zealand Treasury and former CEO of ANZ.

    They talk about the fiscal challenges facing the new government as it prepares its first budget amidst high inflation, recession, and mounting debt.

    Murray provides his expert perspective on what reforms are needed to control spending and put New Zealand's fiscal framework on a more sustainable trajectory, advocating for a focus on results, strengthened fiscal responsibility principles, public service leadership changes, clarified priorities, and improved service delivery.

    • 34 min
    John Morris and the state of NZ's education system

    John Morris and the state of NZ's education system

    In this episode, Oliver talks to John Morris, ONZM, an educator and a former footballer who represented NZ on an international level. They discuss the decline of New Zealand's school system in recent decades and the difficulties in reforming it. With the right changes, New Zealand's education could be turned around in the coming years.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Protecting free speech in UK universities

    Protecting free speech in UK universities

    In this podcast episode, James talks Professor Abhishek Saha about the state of academic freedom and free speech in UK universities.

    They discuss the newly passed Higher Education Freedom of Speech Act, its key provisions, and its potential impact on protecting the right of academics and students to express diverse viewpoints without fear of censorship or repercussions.

    • 31 min
    China's Belt and Road Initiative

    China's Belt and Road Initiative

    In this podcast episode, Oliver and Nick discuss their recent report on China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its implications for New Zealand.

    They caution that while BRI investments could potentially help fund New Zealand's large infrastructure deficit, the country needs to be very careful about engagement to avoid becoming locked into China's geopolitical sphere of influence.

    You can find their report "Belt and Road Initiative: Implications for New Zealand" on our website www.nzinitiative.org.nz

    • 16 min
    Victoria University's postponed free speech event

    Victoria University's postponed free speech event

    In this episode, Oliver Hartwich interviews Dr Michael Johnston about the free speech event at Victoria University that was postponed due to backlash within the university.

    They discuss the importance of free speech in liberal democracies, the changing perception of free speech as a partisan issue, and the concerning trend of young people trying to shut down events featuring disagreeable viewpoints.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

spiritedcrone ,

The art of conversation

Great conversations. Just listened to the Bill English episode. Sensible, pragmatic and wise. He’s very in tune with Kiwis who go along with things until they don’t. Listen to the very end when Sir Bill talks about the use of data and its importance.

Dunners breather ,

These people make sense

They are very pragmatic and to the point. Great podcast for quickly exposing yourself to somewhat unheard, sensible ideas.

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