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The Briefing Papers is a Policy Observatory project which provides backgrounders and opinion pieces on critical issues facing New Zealand society – written by experts to inform public debate.


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Jim Anderton: A progressive politician
There have been many eulogies and tributes paid to Jim Anderton since he died in Christchurch just two weeks short of his 80th birthday. While the Policy Observatory traditionally focuses on policy structures and systems rather than personalities Anderton was clearly a politician who stood out because of his principled and courageous approach, and his read more
Housing matters: Delivering good medium density community housing
Medium density housing is rapidly gaining momentum throughout New Zealand as a way to deliver more affordable dwellings. When done well, medium density can provide quality, affordable and sustainable housing and liveable communities. Research is identifying what good practice medium density looks like, and new community housing developments are trialling medium density in real life.Join read more