|What can others learn from New Zealands policy work?|
|Basic idea||The goal is to find your proposals in which policy work New Zealand is doing a good job (can be past or present). |
I'm a Swiss think tanker visiting The New Zealand Initiative.
I'll use this information as an addition for my own research on what Switzerland could learn from the Kiwi way of doing things.
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|Wider topic||What is it about||Why is it awesome||comments/links (optional)|
|Taxation||New Zealand's income tax system is clean - no particular incentive for companies to provide cars or other non-wage benefits instead of wages because of Fringe Benefit Taxes; the GST is neutral across consumption and easy to administer||Clean taxes impose the least cost on the economy for any amount of money the government might want to collect.|
|Policing||New Zealand's police are generally unarmed; if they need armed support, they can call in the armed offenders squad.||The relationship between police and citizens is far nicer when you're not worried about being shot by the cops. Contrast with America.|
|Airport security||New Zealand's airports have not gone in for the security theatre prevalent in America, Australia and elsewhere. No need to show identification. For some flights you don't even have to go through security.||American airports implement insanely restrictive measures designed to protect against the last attack. The costs of delays from all this are high. New Zealand thus far has been pretty sane about it. Even when there was a disturbed woman who tried hijacking a flight, we didn't do knee-jerk silly things. Instead she was given mental health support and prohibited from airports.|
|Free trade||Tariffs are on average very low. It is easy for consumers to import goods from abroad.||New Zealand is a small place with some pretty concentrated markets. Free trade is the best protection you can give to consumers - if prices here are too high, we can just order stuff in from AliExpress instead. That competitive threat can even help keep prices down for domestic shoppers - prices on electronics in particular became a lot more competitive once online shopping from abroad became more prevalent.|
|Social security||investment approach||"using evidence to quantify a public problem and then fund interventions that are likely to improve outcomes and therefore reduce future costs to government." -> that is the way you want it to work||http://theconversation.com/nz-budget-2018-government-adopts-investment-approach-to-achieve-valued-outcomes-96811|
|foreign aid et al||risk reduction programming||"NZs experience as a disaster-prone nation has given rise to a strong commitment to boosting resilience in partner countries, especially to disaster and climate change risks. Important lessons from domestic disasters, most recently the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, are actively shared with multilateral partners, who are in turn urged to better integrate disaster risk reduction aspects across their programmes. In the bilateral programme, the focus is on developing national and regional response capacity, using both humanitarian and development funding, and capitalising on expertise across government. (...) Other donors could clearly learn from New Zealand’s approach to risk reduction programming." (OECD)||http://www.oecd.org/newzealand/peer-review-newzealand.htm |
there seem to be different opinions on how good earlier crisis were handled.
|Health Care||Having public health care and free ambulance services (which are charities so not|
|Social security / health care||COMPENSATION FOR LIVE DONORS
||silly question in this context- helps to save lifes.||https://nzinitiative.org.nz/reports-and-media/reports/compensation-for-live-donors/|
|Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC)||If you have an accident in New Zealand, ranging from a sprained ankle to a serious car accident, you will be covered under ACC. ACC covers treatment and loss of income during the recovery period.||I know lots of people who have had the majority if not all of the treatments covered by ACC, plus a percentage of their income covered during their recovery period. You pay for ACC as part of your income tax, so funding for ACC is a clean and easy process.||http://www.berl.co.nz/economic-insights/jobs/employment-and-skills/acc-is-a-national-treasure/|