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Business Roundtable, NZ Institute agree to merge into new think tank

Friday 16th December 2011

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The Business Roundtable and the New Zealand Institute have agreed to merge to create a new public policy think tank, saying the country isn’t big enough to support two such bodies.

The merger will take effect from April 1 next year and the organisation has begun an international search for an executive director.

The Roundtable’s long-serving executive, Roger Kerr, died in October, having been involved in merger talks that began in February.

“The merger means the business community will have a strong, well-resourced voice to ensure the country makes the policy choices necessary to enable all New Zealanders to prosper,” Roundtable chairman Roger Partridge and Institute chairman Tony Carter said in a joint statement.

“We both share a vision of a competitive, open and dynamic economy, a flourishing business sector and a free, prosperous, fair and cohesive society,” they said.


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