Publications and Media

The Case for YES

in the 2020 referendum on cannabis

September 2019: New Zealanders will soon have the chance to make a historic decision about whether or not to change the way we regulate personal cannabis use. If we miss this opportunity, the chance may pass for a generation. Cannabis use is a reality in New Zealand, and the results of our current policy approach damage our health, worsen social equity, and drive crime. The status quo is unacceptable, and this paper seeks to ask how we can do better.

Media Coverage:
Interest: Top 5 at Ten on drug law reform
NZ Herald (paywalled): The case of yes in the cannabis referendum (also available on our website)
The Guardian: Cannabis prohibition doesn’t work anywhere. It’s New Zealand’s turn to legalise it
The Spinoff: Rebuilding from the rubble of the failed war on drugs
Patrick Gower – On Weed: Interview with Helen Clark

Media reports on report launch: TVNZ Q+A, Newshub, Radio NZ, NZ Herald, Stuff, Newsroom, The Spinoff, Magic Radio, Newshub (2nd piece), The Nation (interview transcript), TVNZ Q+A (2nd piece).

Recording of “A Conversation on Cannabis Law Reform” with Helen Clark and Chlöe Swarbrick:

We’re thrilled to announce that our project has been selected, among 720 submissions, for the Paris Peace Forum 2019! Our project builds on our previous research into establishing a ‘democratic model’ for reducing the spread of harmful content online. You can see the full list of selected projects here:

We are currently developing the project with support from Dr David Hall from The Policy Observatory as well as from Wellington based ‘think and do’ tank the Workshop.

Media Coverage
Paris Peace Forum: The Christchurch Principles: Countering online hate with online democracy

The Role of Innovation in Getting to Carbon Zero

What place is there for next generation energy such as “green hydrogen”?

March 2019: New Zealand needs to look at innovative ways to decrease carbon emissions. This includes increasing our renewable electricity supply, as demand for electricity will increase with the growth of electric vehicles and as we stop bringing new sources of fossil fuel online.

Media Coverage
The Spinoff: The case for ‘green’ hydrogen
Science Media Center: Green hydrogen industry in NZ – Expert Q&A
The Policy Observatory: Podcast
TVNZ Breakfast, The AM Show, The Project, Twitter
Newshub Nation: Adapting to Climate Change

Anti-social media

Reducing the spread of harmful content on social networks

May 2019: In the wake of the March 2019 Christchurch terrorist attack, which was livestreamed in an explicit attempt to foster support for white supremacist beliefs, it is clear that there is a problem with regard to regulating and moderating abhorrent content on social media. Both governments and social media companies could do more.

Media Coverage:
NZ Herald (paywalled): Social media regulation is needed to confront hate head-on (also available on our website)
TV Appearances on Q+A and The Project
Newshub: How Helen Clark would regulate Facebook’s livestreaming
Newsroom: How to regulate social media
Christchurch Call: NZ Herald, Stuff, TVNZ, NZ Herald (paywalled), Stuff
The Spinoff: I used to believe internet freedom was all. Christchurch and El Paso changed that

Other Publications Helen Clark Foundation comment on the 2019 Budget