Julian Wood

Julian Wood

Julian Wood

About Julian Wood

Researcher

Julian works on our economics project, primarily examining regional development in New Zealand. With a Master’s in Social Science from Waikato University, Julian brings a depth of experience from his time working as a senior policy analyst for the Department of Labour, where he focused on labour market dynamics, minimum wage and employment legislation, regional development, business dynamics, and immigration.

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New Zealand, let’s stop being a cheap date

By Julian Wood


Travellers are enamoured with us. Last year, 3.5 million visitors arrived in New Zealand to check us out. This is…

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Cow

The ‘un-meat’ needs of our regions

By Julian Wood


In 1798, Thomas Malthus, a controversial but influential political economist, predicted that the world’s population would soon outstrip its food…

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The true cost of getting “Ready for Work”

By Julian Wood


Labour’s “Ready For Work” policy is a great idea. Unveiled at the party’s conference, the plan offers on the job…

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Not helping harms us

By Julian Wood


Last week the Hamilton Central Business Association enacted the “Your Help May Harm” campaign, aiming “to educate the public on the…

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“Beautiful as heaven, lonely as hell”

“Beautiful as heaven, lonely as hell”

By Julian Wood


I have heard friends of mine visiting New Zealand describe it as “beautiful as heaven, and lonely as hell.” If…

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Clear expectations

Clear expectations

By Julian Wood


The Reserve Bank has done a fantastic job over the last 27 years, doing what it is supposed to do…

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Minimum wage opportunities

Minimum wage opportunities

By Julian Wood


As a tool to help people who are struggling to get by, an increase to the minimum wage is a…

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Free tertiary policy lacks precision

Free tertiary policy lacks precision

By Julian Wood


I never knew the “glory days” of tertiary education where everything was free. After high school I was ushered into…

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