Economic Development


We are all interested in economic development. What is it? How do we do it? How do we know that we have been successful in achieving it?

Economic development is broader that increasing GDP per Capita and encompasses the improvement of life or wellbeing. 

At BERL, economic development is a journey to reach a defined outcome. BERL has the experience and the understanding to help you identify your economic development outcomes, develop a strategic process, and then monitor your progress.

If you wish to find out more, we are more than happy to talk to you.

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NZ population estimates inching closer to the 5 million mark

Thursday November 15, 2018 Amanda Reid
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StatsNZ has released its estimates to 30 September 2018 for the national resident population and to 30 June 2018 for the Māori resident population, ahead of 2018 Census data being released in early 2019. Population change in New Zealand is calculated based on natural increase (births minus deaths) and net migration (international migrant arrivals minus departures).

The Pacific Economy in New Zealand

Tuesday November 13, 2018 Sam Green
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The New Zealand economy is broad and comprises of diverse and thriving communities contributing to the overall New Zealand economy.  As the New Zealand economy has grown, some aspects of our economy have flown under the radar, in particular, the New Zealand Pacific economy.

Essential Freshwater: Healthy Water, Fairly Allocated

Monday October 15, 2018 Fiona Stokes
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The Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry for Primary Industries have now released the Essential Freshwater work programme.  This two-year programme is outlined in the report, Essential Freshwater: Healthy Water, Fairly Allocated, and will be jointly delivered over a two-year period by a cross-government taskforce.  This taskforce will be assisted by Kahui Wai Māori, Freshwater Leaders Group, and the Science and Technical Advisory Group.

Fresh water

Thursday October 11, 2018 Fiona Stokes
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Fresh water and the cleaning up of New Zealand’s streams, rivers and lakes was a major issue during the last election campaign. This is because of the degradation and loss of our ecosystems - lakes, rivers or wetlands. These ecosystems require fresh water to survive.

Drinking water

Thursday October 11, 2018 Fiona Stokes
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Clean drinking water is crucial to public health.  The outbreak of campylobacter in Havelock North in 2016, and the subsequent Inquiry and recommendations in 2017, highlighted the risks of poor water quality to human health and community well-being. 

Managing the supply of and demand for drinking water

Thursday October 11, 2018 Fiona Stokes
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In September, the Office of the Auditor-General released a research report entitled Managing the supply of and demand for drinking water.  This report discusses the findings of an audit of three District Councils – Horowhenua, Kapiti Coast and Manawatu – and one City Council – Palmerston North. 

Economic benefits of Mountain Biking for Nelson

Wednesday March 21, 2018
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Nelson has seen a steady increase in mountain biking participation from both residents and visitors. The Nelson Council commissioned BERL to undertake research in order to better understand the benefits the activity can bring to the community.

You don’t have to be a petrol head to be an economist

Tuesday February 13, 2018 Fiona Stokes
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Unashamedly I admit I love cars. I love driving cars, I love watching motorsport and I’m doing my best to encourage my 10 year old nephew to appreciate this love affair. The opportunity to spend the weekend watching V8 utes race along with Porsches and F1s is why I head to Mighty Manfeild for events like the New Zealand Prix, and who wouldn’t when you can see the whole of circuit Chris Amon from any seat. But I’m not the only one and this is where my interest in motorsports and economics starts to become more apparent.

Ports and all!

Wednesday December 13, 2017 Konrad Hurren

We recently produced a report for Port Taranaki detailing the economic impact and strategic importance of the Port to the Taranaki and New Zealand economy.

Māori contribute $1.4 billion to the Waikato economy

Wednesday November 19, 2014 Hillmare Schulze

BERL was commissioned by Te Puni Kōkiri, Waikato Regional Council and Federation of Māori Authorities to complete an economic analysis of Māori contribution to the Waikato region. This research was presented at a Māori economic development workshop in Hamilton on 11 November 2014.

BERL working with Māori

Tuesday September 30, 2014

From the beginnings of FoMA to the detailing of the latest progress in Māori economic opportunities, BERL continues to contribute economic advice and expertise to a range of Māori organisations in their journey developing and growing their wealth base.

Population projections are what they aren’t

Wednesday October 10, 2012 Jason Leung-Wai

SNZ has released its latest population projections, which sees pockets of growth in Auckland, Tauranga, Selwyn and Queenstown. The rest of the country has tepid growth, while the Central North Island sees population decline. The question has been asked, “Is this a realistic projection?”

Buller tops BERL Regional Rankings in 2011

Friday March 30, 2012

The BERL regional rankings compare the performance of individual local authorities, regions and cities across four short term, four medium term, and one long term indicator of economic activity. The indicators used are population, employment, GDP and businesses (for the latest year and the five year average), and a Relative Openness Index (which measures the composition of industry within the region).

The Maori Economy - A sleeping giant about to awaken?

Wednesday December 22, 2010

Today the Maori economy is an integral part of the New Zealand economy and spans several industries. The BERL model of the Maori economy has identified 16 key industries. However traditionally, conversations about the Maori economy are focussed around the 3 F’s – namely Fisheries, Forestry and Farming.