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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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COVID-19 economic analysis – 20.05.2020

By Julian Wood


The following is an overview and commentary on economic information available from Treasury, the Reserve Bank, and the Government’s 2020/21…

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Invest in people alongside new infrastructure

By Julian Wood


The euphoria we are all feeling after entering Level 2 will be tempered by the pain of pay cuts and…

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COVID-19 economic analysis – 22.04.2020

By Julian Wood


Analysis of Treasury’s scenario forecasts (released 13 April) and weekly economic commentary (released 17 April), by Senior Researcher Julian Wood…

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Wellbeing Budget Debt Money

But now, who pays?

By Julian Wood


On Tuesday last week, the New Zealand Treasury outlined five economic scenarios that aimed to depict how the economy may…

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Migration Policy Paper: A Welcome That Works

By Julian Wood


Over the last 30 years, New Zealand has become over reliant on temporary work migration as a way to solve…

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A welcome that works

By Julian Wood


In the 90’s the regions cried out for workers to pick fruit, plant trees and generally do a range of…

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Checking our climate blind spots

By Julian Wood


When it comes to emissions it is easy for us to obsess about factories and farmers as if these activities…

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Preparing for economic downturn

By Julian Wood


There’s been a lot of recent chat about a possible economic downturn, and many seem to be living under the…

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The pitfalls and priorities of Public Private Partnerships

By Julian Wood


New Zealand has a long and contentious history of private public partnerships (or PPPs). The biggest argument in favour of…

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We can’t afford to sleep on climate risks any longer

By Julian Wood


The story of Rip Van Winkle, first published 200 years ago, resonates deeply with me. I too feel like I…

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Wellbeing Budget Debt Money

Budget reveals wellbeing will cost more than Rules allow

By Julian Wood


The figures announced in last week’s Wellbeing Budget stretches the Government’s self-imposed Budget Responsibility Rules (keeping the level of net…

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Making New Zealand “sexy”

By Julian Wood


In contrast with our apparently “sexy” accent, New Zealand is struggling when it comes to being attractive as a long-term…

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Provincial Growth Fund | Conclusions and Recommendations

By Julian Wood


Perhaps we cannot raise the winds. But each of us can put up the sail, so that when the wind…

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Provincial Growth Fund | Comparative Analysis

By Julian Wood


We will undertake a comparative analysis of how the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) aligns with the Regional Action Plans (RAPs)….

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Provincial Growth Fund Overview

By Julian Wood


The PGF, officially launched on 2 August 2018, is a three year, three billion dollar commitment by the current coalition…

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Smart Specialisation

By Julian Wood


BEST PRACTICE – A SMART SPECIALISATION REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENT STRATEGY  Across the OECD many have turned toward what has become…

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Spatial Policy | The case for and against

By Julian Wood


INTRODUCTION In 2017, the coalition Government announced the $3 billion Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), dramatically changing the New Zealand regional…

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Think Big 2.0: The Provincial Growth Fund risks turning into a fiasco

By Alex Penk


This article was written by Alex Penk and Julian Wood, and first published on The Spinoff on 26 February, on…

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Making the Provincial Growth Fund a risk worth taking

By Julian Wood


The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) represents a once in a generation opportunity to support a sustainable future for New Zealand’s…

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Regional Development Policy Paper | A Risk Worth Taking

By Julian Wood


One year into the $3B Provincial Growth Fund, Maxim Institute’s new research A Risk Worth Taking – Ensuring the Provincial…

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