16 Nov 2008

NZ Institute calls for economic summit

9:52 pm on 16 November 2008

The head of a business think tank is urging the new government to look at a wide-ranging summit over the challenges facing the country.

The New Zealand Institute has been calling for politicians to debate measures to tackle the fallout from the global economic crisis.

Its chief executive, David Skilling, told Radio New Zealand's Sunday Group with Chris Laidlaw that National could take a leaf out of Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's book.

He said a "national conversation" needs to begin as soon as possible and noted that Mr Rudd took advantage of the honeymoon period of his new government to launch the Australia 2020 summit.

"You want to make sure this is not just pitched at the elite level - there's a chance for a broader national conversation," Mr Skilling said.