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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
Ann Pettifor’s 2018 visit to New Zealand
Join Ann Pettifor, UK economist, for a seminar on the role of money and debt in housing (un)affordability. Details will be added to this page as they come to hand. For more information about Ann and highlights from her 2016 visit, see