233 episodes

Podcast by The New Zealand Initiative

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    • 4.8 • 28 Ratings

Podcast by The New Zealand Initiative

    Driving Change: How road pricing can improve our roads

    Driving Change: How road pricing can improve our roads

    In this episode, Matthew discusses his new report with Oliver which is about road pricing in New Zealand.

    They explore the history of road pricing, international examples, and potential benefits such as reducing congestion and improving infrastructure planning.

    Their conversation emphasises that while the economic case for road pricing is clear, the key challenge lies in effectively communicating its benefits to the public and gaining their support for implementation.

    You can read Matthew's report Driving Change: How road pricing can improve our roads on The New Zealand Initiative website at https://www.nzinitiative.org.nz

    • 25 min
    Free Speech, Education, and Democracy: A Conversation with Toby Young

    Free Speech, Education, and Democracy: A Conversation with Toby Young

    In this episode, Michael and James talk to Toby Young, founder of the Free Speech Union in the United Kingdom, the associate editor of The Spectator, and a former editor of Quillette.

    The discussion spans a wide range of topics including the challenges to free speech in academia, the evolution of charter schools in the UK, and the broader implications for liberal democracy, offering insights into the complex interplay between free expression, education policy, and political shifts in contemporary society.

    • 1 hr
    AI in Education: Navigating the opportunities and risks

    AI in Education: Navigating the opportunities and risks

    This podcast episode is from our recent AI in education webinar where Michael presents his report on generative AI in education, emphasising its potential as a supportive tool while cautioning against replacing traditional learning methods.

    Prof Barbara Oakley joins as a special guest to provide expert commentary on the cognitive science aspects. Oliver moderates this discussion, which explores how AI could enhance teaching and personalise learning while stressing the continued importance of core skills development, critical thinking, and teacher-guided instruction in the evolving educational landscape.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    City and Regional Deals

    City and Regional Deals

    In this podcast, Nick and Eric talk to Sam Broughton and Simon Randall from Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) about the potential for implementing city and regional deals in New Zealand - formal long-term partnerships between central and local government to better plan and fund local infrastructure and economic development.

    They explore the benefits such deals could provide, like aligning incentives, enabling tailored local policies, and sharing gains, while also examining the political barriers that need to be overcome.

    • 30 min
    Fixing New Zealand's university funding

    Fixing New Zealand's university funding

    In this episode, Michael and James talk to Dr Dennis Wesselbaum about issues with New Zealand's current university funding model, which relies heavily on student enrollment numbers.

    They explore potential reforms to create a more stable and effective system that balances access, workforce preparation, and research excellence.

    • 31 min
    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

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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