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Julian Wood

Julian Wood

Julian Wood

About Julian Wood

Julian works on our economics project, primarily examining regional development in New Zealand. With a Master’s in Social Science from Waikato University, Julian brings a depth of experience from his time working as a senior policy analyst for the Department of Labour, where he focused on labour market dynamics, minimum wage and employment legislation, regional development, business dynamics, and immigration.

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regional development town rural

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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New Zealanders in harm’s way


While we may not have poisonous snakes and spiders in New Zealand, the risks of our natural surroundings are becoming…

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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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regional development town rural

What can be done? | Smart Growth One

By Julian Wood


DISCOVERING DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS BASED ON INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTICE “Ahipara needs a boost. It needs to grow.” Then he [Malley] smiles….

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What can be done? | Smart Growth Two

By Julian Wood


DISCOVERING DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS BASED ON INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTICE “Ahipara needs a boost. It needs to grow.” Then he [Malley] smiles….

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regional development town rural

How are we placed?

By Julian Wood


A LOCAL GROWTH AND DECLINE STOCKTAKE “About ten years ago Charlie Duncan realised the Hunterville community had a problem –…

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regional development town rural

How does change happen?

By Julian Wood


INTRODUCTION “The coal mines closed, the dairy factory shutdown and then State Highway 1 cut Hikurangi loose. Once, there were…

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Cigarettes becoming too hot to handle for dairies

By Julian Wood


Cigarettes, while not worth their weight in gold, are now worth one and a half times their weight in silver,…

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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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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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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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Press column: The price of a ticket on the Universal Basic Income train

Press column: The price of a ticket on the Universal Basic Income train

By Alex Penk


Read Alex and Julian’s column, published in the Christchurch Press:  The price of a ticket on the Universal Basic Income…

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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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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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A brief history of New Zealand’s regional policy initiatives

By Julian Wood


SUCCESSES AND FAILURES 1950s-1984 Earlier on in New Zealand’s history the focus of regional policy aligned well with the OECD’s…

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