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New Zealand’s Crackdown on Economic Freedom Lingers On

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New Zealand has long been considered an economically free country. The government’s stringent, almost straight-jacket-like COVID-19 restrictions, however, run counter to New Zealand’s multi-decade history of strong and robust economic freedom.

New Zealand fell two ranks in The Heritage Foundation’s 2022 Index of Economic Freedom released last week, from No. 2 to down to No. 4 in the world.

The government, under Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, may be governing over a relative…

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