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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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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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TOP Sail

What’s dragging beneath Gareth Morgan’s new TOP sail?

By Jeremy Vargo


The story of last week was of course, John Key, and the end of his incredible run of political popularity….

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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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Stretching the potential of flexible work

By Danielle van Dalen


“All we really want is a little control – and to make that 6 o’clock yoga class once in a…

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Working hard, still struggling

Working hard, still struggling

By Danielle van Dalen


In New Zealand’s poverty debate, work is often touted as the silver bullet solution, the one thing that will solve…

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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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Productive thinking

By Julian Wood


Everybody wants New Zealand to be a great place to work and live. High wages, high growth, high productivity, low…

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Death pledge

Death pledge


I went with my father the day he paid off his mortgage. Afterwards, it seemed like his back straightened a…

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Budget won’t fix lack of vision

By Julian Wood


Last Thursday when I told my son I was going to be home late because it was Budget Day, and…

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Doing more with less

Doing more with less


New Zealand has a productivity problem. For decades, we’ve each been putting in more hours than most other OECD countries,…

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“Hopeless” Kiwis

“Hopeless” Kiwis


 “A lot of the Kiwis that are meant to be available [for farm work] are pretty damned hopeless. They won’t…

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