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Diversifying the primary sector’s core crops with high-value crops like saffron would add resilience to New Zealand’s economy.

Tax cuts provide short-term relief, but if we are to become more prosperous and improve living standards, long-term productivity improvements are essential.

New Zealand’s two-way trade with the Pacific Islands Forum reached close to $4 billion by March 2024. At its core, this is built on people-to-people interactions. 

Finally, the first numbers from the 2023 Census have been released. We have close to five million people, and have an older but more ethnically diverse population.

A no-surprises first budget for the coalition government sees two thirds of new funding for budget 2024 going to education, health, and law and order.

Environmental and climate change initiatives have not been slashed and burned, instead the money has been shifted around to reflect different priorities.

We have been shielded from high youth unemployment, but are we aligning with countries where high youth unemployment rates have been persistent for decades?

Central government is supportive of turbocharging growth in the aquaculture industry, but what does this mean for New Zealand’s economy, environment, and society? 

Forbes’ World’s Billionaires list highlights a global trend as baby boomers transfer their wealth to the next generation.

The Reserve Bank accepts that many of its usual labour market indicators performed poorly during COVID-19. 

What gets measured gets valued. Has biodiversity been ignored by economists?

Official Cash Rate announcement is a light on the horizon for homeowners, but migration is putting pressure on housing costs for renters.

The universities’ recent responses to emerging challenges appear fragmented and shortsighted. So, how did we get here?

The new government has begun disestablishing Te Pūkenga, bringing a halt to all recruitment, as part of its 100-day plan. 

A large energy transition is required, and underway, in New Zealand. But an underlying concern in this transition is ensuring opportunity for all consumer groups.

The CPI trends downward, but is it telling the whole story?

Our new government has set a priority to target free trade agreements, particularly with India. It may boost resilience but will compromises need to be made? 

Could tripartite consensus and open dialogue be fostered to encourage long-term economic planning over short-termism?

Overall population growth driven by net migration, while Māori population retains youthful age profile, impacting demographic landscape.

How do we know what value our investment is creating in communities? How can we measure, manage, and report our impact to support informed decision-making?

Nobel Laureate in the Economic Sciences awarded to Professor, Claudia Goldin, for having advanced our understanding of women’s labour market outcomes.

This week, the New Zealand Treasury opened its books, showing optimistic forecasts for economic growth, inflation, and employment.

Opportunities to create regional clusters, and boost existing ones as eight industry transformation plans are implemented.

The residential construction industry is on a downward trajectory, but how deep and how long this bust cycle will be is not clear.

Even before the January flooding and February’s Cyclone Gabrielle, climate change had begun to influence the future of work landscape in New Zealand.

New Zealand’s sustainable and inclusive trade commitments are not new, but recent declarations have strengthened these commitments with some key trading partners.

What are the implications of an increasingly ageing workforce, and how can we be prepared?

Aotearoa New Zealand’s forests and waters are home to irreplaceable biodiversity. A credit system could connect funding with programmes that make a difference.

This is a different type of FTA. A breach of climate change and gender equality commitments could result in trade sanctions under the NZ-EU FTA.

The University of Glasgow’s Adam Smith Tercentenary Week reflected on the life and legacy of one of its most famous alumni and faculty.