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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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Media coverage of the launch of “A Risk Worth Taking” Policy Paper

Media coverage of the launch of “A Risk Worth Taking” Policy Paper

By Alex Penk


On the morning of the release of our analysis of the Provincial Growth Fund, our report was featured on the…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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“Urban/rural split could lead to political polarisation” – Alex Penk in The Press

“Urban/rural split could lead to political polarisation” – Alex Penk in The Press


Alex’s latest op-ed features in The Christchurch Press, where he discusses the political and social risks of growing demographic rifts between…

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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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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 which should dramatically influence…

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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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Pockets of deprivation

Pockets of deprivation

By Kieran Madden


For over twenty years, University of Otago researchers have been harnessing census results to shed light on New Zealand’s most…

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