The merger of the New Zealand Business Roundtable and the New Zealand Institute was completed last night with the launch of new libertarian think tank the New Zealand Initiative.
According to a statement, the New Zealand Initiative will “build on the legacies of its two founding organisations and will focus on raising debate on public policy and contributing bold, rigorously-researched ideas to achieve a more prosperous future for New Zealand".
Led by Oliver Hartwich from the Australian Centre for Independent Studies, a Roundtable-equivalent organisation, the think tank also counts former Roundtable chairman Roger Partridge and former NZI chairman Tony Carter as its joint chairs, BusinessDesk reported.
Partridge said by joining forces, the organisations could be more effective in a market that was too small for two independent CEO think tanks.
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