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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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Housing Panel – Live Q+A


THREE PERSPECTIVES ON HOW WE MOVE FORWARD A decent, affordable place to live is a basic need for every person,…

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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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Alex Penk talks with Mike Hosking – Regional development policy paper

Alex Penk talks with Mike Hosking – Regional development policy paper


Upon the release of our regional development paper, Taking the Right Risks, Alex Penk was interviewed by Mike Hosking on…

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Regional Development Policy Paper: Taking the Right Risks

By Julian Wood


Our previous work on regional development laid out the evidence that large parts of New Zealand are facing a 30 year wave…

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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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Alex Penk on The Project – Newshub

Alex Penk on The Project – Newshub

By Alex Penk


In response to the Government’s minimum wage rise, The Project featured an interview with Alex Penk as part of a…

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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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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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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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