Who I am?

My first picture with the Initiative.


Kia ora, my name is Leonard and I’m a Research Assistant currently based in Wellington. I’m in my second year with The New Zealand Initiative, one of the largest research organisations in the country. It’s a non-partisan think tank committed to creating a far more productive and better future for New Zealand.

We are the organisation to sketch pathways towards a better future. Our mission is to help create a competitive, open and dynamic economy and a free, prosperous, fair, and cohesive society.

I’m a 1.5 generation Kiwi-Korean and I hope to use my skillsets, knowledge and abilities to contribute to the intellectual debate in New Zealand. I began this webpage for people to follow my writings, blogs and commentary on political and economic affairs.

I have strong interests in urban economics, globalisation, international relations, political science, international political economy and self-help.

Please feel free to contact me on matters related to these subject matters.

Happy New Year and I hope you all have a great 2021.

Kind regards,

Leonard Hong

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