The Minister for Climate Change Issues, Hon Paula Bennett, and the Minister of Finance, Hon Steven Joyce, today announced a new inquiry for the Productivity Commission into the opportunities and challenges of a transition to a lower net emissions economy for New Zealand.  The Ministers’ media release is here.  

You can download a copy of the terms of reference or read the details below.


Better urban planning - effectively supporting and governing the built and natural environments.


The Commission provides the recipe for a diverse, adaptable and responsive tertiary education system.


The Productivity Commission and Auckland University of Technology (AUT) have published joint research that shows significant ethnic differences in enrolment, progression and completion in bachelor’s level study in New Zealand 


New Zealand has enjoyed good growth in average income since the global financial crisis.  Labour participation is strong and our public finances are in relatively good shape. But one area holding the economy back is our persistently weak labour productivity, with the OECD estimating that New Zealand had the fourth lowest labour productivity growth of OECD countries between 1995 and 2014.


Draft report on new models of tertiary education now available.


Draft Productivity Commission report on better urban planning now available.



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