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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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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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Read our column on <em>The Spinoff</em> and <em>RNZ</em>

Read our column on The Spinoff and RNZ

By Alex Penk


This week, Alex Penk and Julian Wood’s column Triumph or disaster? A guide to the minimum wage increase featured on The…

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$1B regional development fund needs coherent vision

$1B regional development fund needs coherent vision

By Alex Penk


Maxim Institute welcomes investment in New Zealand’s regions, but CEO Alex Penk cautions that we urgently need more detail on…

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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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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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Newspaper coverage of regional development paper

Newspaper coverage of regional development paper


Newspapers around New Zealand published articles in response to our Growing Beyond Growth report on regional development Read articles from: …

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NZ Herald Focus interview on regional development paper

NZ Herald Focus interview on regional development paper


Bernadine Oliver-Kerby interviewed Alex Penk about our regional development paper for NZ Herald’s online video series. Watch the interview here

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Alex Penk on RNZ National – Regional Development

Alex Penk on RNZ National – Regional Development


The day we released our paper Growing Beyond Growth – rethinking the goals of regional development in New Zealand, CEO Alex…

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Get real about regional spending

By Julian Wood


If you put people in a room and ask them how to bring growth to New Zealand’s regions, someone will…

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Growing Beyond Growth: Rethinking the goals of regional development in New Zealand

By Julian Wood


New Zealand is already feeling the effects of an oncoming wave of economic and demographic change. Over the next 30…

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The regional role of iwi

By Julian Wood


Bill English has made a splash in the last few days, both for his sheep shearing skills and his first-time…

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