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From the price of milk to how easy it is to find a job, the way each of us live and many of the choices we get to make depend on how we answer the economic questions facing New Zealand. We approach these questions knowing that economics isn’t just financial, it’s about the wellbeing of every person.

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regional road

The collision of research and real life

By Alex Penk


I’ve never been to Maraenui, but I’ve now had a pretty eye-opening introduction to the Napier suburb. The devastation caused…

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Losing All Blacks nothing to fear

By Julian Wood


In a surprise move, a group of the top 1 percent of male New Zealand income earners are appealing for…

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Sabotaging the lifts in New Zealand’s tower of wealth

By Julian Wood


If you haven’t seen the 2018 Side Eye Inequality Tower by Toby Morris and Max Rashbrooke, it’s well worth a…

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Irresponsible lenders on borrowed time

By Julian Wood


While borrowing money at an annualised interest rate of up to 693% wouldn’t appear at the top of anyone’s wish…

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regional road

Time to take a risk for the regions – Newsroom column

By Alex Penk


To lay out an explanation for the recommendations in our Taking the Right Risks policy paper on regional development, Alex Penk…

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regional development town rural

Planning to take the right risks for our regions

By Julian Wood


New Zealand’s Regional Development Minister Shane Jones has a problem. He has three billion dollars and three years to change…

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regional transport economic

Back to the Trade Wars?

By Julian Wood


It seems the Trade Wars are back on. Battle-lines are being draw up like the musket wars of old, with…

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“No.8 wire” ethic is not enough

By Julian Wood


While New Zealanders are proud of the “number 8 wire” ethos that represents our ingenuity and resourcefulness, our actual productivity…

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Getting fit to compete in the global game

By Julian Wood


While political and economic “change” is on everyone’s lips, we need to be clear about our current situation, and what…

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Getting real about the cost of water

By Julian Wood


I spent 10 years in China working on a beef cattle farm, and a fair amount of that time was…

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transparency

Taxes, trust, and transparency

By Kieran Madden


“When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” This, apparently, was economist John Maynard Keynes’…

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regional road

Funding roads in the electric future

By Julian Wood


In a recent blog, I made the case for regional petrol taxes, which would allow district and town authorities to…

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Paying at the pump to revive our crumbling infrastructure

By Julian Wood


We hear a lot about Auckland’s infrastructure woes, but across the country there are regions desperately trying to fund their…

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Youth UBI fails to focus on real need

By Danielle van Dalen


Only a few years ago I would have been eligible for the $200 a week Gareth Morgan’s party just announced…

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Big questions for local councils

By Alex Penk


Do you expect your council to light your streets and fix the potholes? Do you think it should provide clean…

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Investing in people, regardless of return

By Julian Wood


Like the proverbial frog in the slowly heating pot, many of us are blissfully unaware of the change currently going…

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The Budget partnership between the people and our Government

By Julian Wood


Each year the Budget charts a broad course for the years ahead. It outlines how much money the Government has,…

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Tax the robots?

By Julian Wood


We’re now quite used to dire predictions concerning the future of work, job stability, and automation. As far back as…

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Our insecure future of work

By Kieran Madden


Many pinned Trump’s election and the Brexit vote as being fueled by people’s fear of losing their way of life….

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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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