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A fair chance for all

Thanks for your feedback

30 August 2021

Over the last six weeks, input from across Aotearoa has helped the Commission focus a new inquiry in…

Job vacancy at the Productivity Commission

A pivotal role at the Commission

25 August 2021

The Commission is seeking a Director, Operations who will report to our Chair.

Have your say

Consultation continues - have your say

20 August 2021

As we experience another lockdown we wish you and your whānau well.

Snakes and ladders

The story of disadvantage in New Zealand

23 July 2021

This great piece by Max Rashbrooke for The Spinoff dives into the Productivity Commission's new inqu…

A fair chance for all

Call for public input: Help Kiwis get a fair chance in life

19 July 2021

The Government has recently asked the Productivity Commission to prepare the Terms of Reference for …

Commission welcomes moves to measure the gig economy

12 July 2021

The Productivity Commission welcomes the Government’s response to its 2020 Technological change and …

Productivity in New Zealand

Productivity matters for wellbeing

6 July 2021

Achieving higher productivity – producing more with what we have (people, knowledge, skills, produce…

Immigration settings New Zealand

An immigration system fit for the future

21 June 2021

The Productivity Commission today published an issues paper for its inquiry into New Zealand’s worki…

A fair start for all

New inquiry: A fair start for all

15 June 2021

The Government has asked the New Zealand Productivity Commission Te Kōmihana Whai Hua o Aotearoa to …

Productivity Commission vacancies

Help identify creative policy solutions to the challenges fa…

4 June 2021

We are looking for Policy advisors and researchers (at all levels) to contribute to Commission inqui…

What is productivity

What is productivity, and why does it matter?

4 June 2021

Productivity matters for wellbeing.

New Zealand's productivity

Productivity by the numbers

27 May 2021

Productivity matters.

Improved wellbeing

Inquiry into New Zealand’s immigration settings confirmed

3 May 2021

The Government has requested the Productivity Commission Te Komihana Whai Hua o Aotearoa inquire int…

Frontier firms inquiry

New Zealand needs to do better at building world-class firms

20 April 2021

The New Zealand Productivity Commission today released the final report of its frontier firms inquir…

University of Waikato New Zealand Economics Forum

Economics for tumultuous times

3 March 2021

The University of Waikato's New Zealand Economics Forum today focused on enhancing the quality of pu…

Dr Ganesh Nana Chair of New Zealand Productivity Commission

Productivity = applying our taonga to deliver wellbeing

2 March 2021

In this note the new Chair of the Commission, Dr Ganesh Nana, introduces himself and some of his tho…

ProdCom newsletter

ProdCom newsletter

2 March 2021

Our March newsletter is out today!

Frontier firms

Are New Zealand’s top firms keeping up?

26 February 2021

The Productivity Commission has published a report that compares the productivity performance of the…

New Zealand's frontier firms

Call for submissions: New Zealand's frontier firms

12 January 2021

The Commission's current inquiry focuses on a central aspect of New Zealand’s productivity performan…

Covid

Halfway there? Covid policy trade-offs

21 December 2020

What do we know about policy trade-offs that could inform the Government's pandemic approach in 2021…

Dr Ganesh Nana

New Chair appointed to the Productivity Commission

16 December 2020

The Minister of Finance has today announced the appointment of Dr Ganesh Nana as Chair of the New Ze…

Unlocking the door to the global productivity frontier

Focus innovation funding to build world class firms

4 December 2020

The New Zealand Productivity Commission today released its draft report on frontier firms. The perfo…

Take on board

Podcast: Board composition and decision making

18 November 2020

How can the composition of boards lift the performance of firms?

Productivity Commission Principal …

Boards

Webcast: How can we lift the performance of boards?

11 November 2020

Our recent webcast with the Institute of Directors discussed insights from our New Zealand boards an…

We're hiring

Are you a talented Director looking for your next challenge?

27 October 2020

Help raise the quality of analysis about the things that matter to New Zealanders!

The New Zealand …

Mount Cook - frontier

Boards need to help “lift the eyes” of firms

4 September 2020

The Productivity Commission has today published two reports New Zealand boards and frontier firms an…

Dr Bill Rosenberg

Dr Bill Rosenberg appointed as new Commissioner

18 August 2020

Dr Bill Rosenberg has been appointed as a Commissioner of the New Zealand Productivity Commission.

ProdCom August 2020 Newsletter

ProdCom newsletter

18 August 2020

Our August newsletter is out today!

Container ship leaving Port Chalmers, Dunedin

David Skilling's report on helping Kiwi firms reach the prod…

28 May 2020

The Productivity Commission has today published a report that highlights the importance of New Zeala…

Frontier firms inquiry

From surviving to thriving post COVID-19

6 May 2020

In 1975, as New Zealand was reeling from an energy shortage and Britain’s entry into the European Ec…

Milk testing

Helping Kiwi firms reach the productivity frontier: call for…

29 April 2020

The Productivity Commission today published an issues paper for its inquiry into lifting the perform…

Coronavirus

New Pandemic-economics blog

22 April 2020

The Commission has today launched a Pandemic-economics blog to share ideas and discuss policy respon…

Final report

Technological change and the future of work

14 April 2020

The Commission has today released its final report for the Technological change and future of work i…

March newsletter

ProdCom Newsletter

19 March 2020

Our March newsletter is out today!

New job old job signpost

30 million job changes

18 March 2020

The Commission today released research into 30 million job changes that took place in New Zealand ov…

Robots

1 001 New Zealanders' attitudes to tech

9 March 2020

Are New Zealanders afraid of robots and AI? One question that arose during our Technological change …

Virus

The latest on COVID-19

1 March 2020

Get the latest health updates, information and advice on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) on the Ministr…

Government insights report

Insights into local government

19 February 2020

The Productivity Commission has been asked to look into areas of local government performance by suc…

Draft report 5

Encouraging technology adoption by firms

31 January 2020

The Commission has today released its draft report on Technology adoption by firms for the Technolog…

Draft report 4

Preparing young learners for the future of work

22 January 2020

The Commission has been asked to examine technological change and its impact on the future of work.

Frontier firms

Inquiry into New Zealand’s most productive firms confirmed

13 January 2020

The Government has asked the Productivity Commission to identify policies and interventions that cou…

Report

Training New Zealand’s workforce

20 December 2019

The Commission today released its draft report on Training New Zealand's workforce.

NZ

Funding local government

12 December 2019

So you want to be elected to your local district council? Judging by the placards employed for the r…

Final report

Targeted solutions needed to relieve funding pressures on co…

12 December 2019

The New Zealand Productivity Commission today released its final report on local government funding …

Draft report 2

Productivity Commission suggests improved income security to…

21 November 2019

New Zealand is stuck with low wages because of low productivity and low technology adoption.

Transitioning to a low-emissions economy

NZ has a new Zero Carbon Act

11 November 2019

The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill last week commits the Govern…

Gail Pacheco wins top AUT award

26 October 2019

AUT has bestowed its top award on an economist hailed for her research, scholarship and application …

New Zealand city

New report highlights major changes in where Kiwis live and …

17 October 2019

Research released today by the Productivity Commission shows how New Zealanders have experienced big…

Technology and productivity over time

Time to prepare for the future of work, but not time to wast…

12 September 2019

Technology adoption supports higher productivity growth, higher income growth and increased resource…

Newsletter

ProdCom News August 2019

30 August 2019

Get up to speed with the latest ProdCom news in our August newsletter...

We're hiring

Help achieve New Zealand's productivity potential

21 August 2019

We are looking for an experienced principal/senior researcher for a position within our Economics an…

Government response to low emissions

Government responds to Commission's low-emissions economy re…

5 August 2019

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has released the Government’s Climate Action Plan in response to …

Local government funding

Local Government funding: Not broken but will need help

17 July 2019

The New Zealand Productivity Commission today released its draft report on local government funding …

New Commissioners

New Commissioners appointed

17 July 2019

We welcome two new Commissioners to the Productivity Commission Board: Andrew Sweet and Gail Pacheco…

Productivity by the numbers

Poor productivity hurts living standards

12 June 2019

Research released today by the Productivity Commission highlights the cost of New Zealand’s poor pro…

Newsletter

ProdComm News - May 2019

29 May 2019

Get up to speed with the latest ProdCom news with our May newsletter...

New FutureworkNZ blog

15 May 2019

Ideas and debates supporting the Technological change and future of work inquiry.

Issues paper release - Technological change and the future o…

18 April 2019

Today we release our issues paper and invite you to participate in our inquiry into Technological ch…

Issues paper

Inquiry update - Local government funding and financing

15 April 2019

Thanks to all our submitters and those who have met with us to provide information and feedback on o…

Just what is this digital economy?

11 March 2019

The way to grow our already burgeoning digital economy is to find and support innovative local entre…

Figure 1

Labour market trends: what we know…

9 March 2019

How a country’s labour market performs has a huge bearing on its overall productivity and wellbeing.

Technology’s impact on the future of work to be examined

28 February 2019

The Government has asked the Productivity Commission to examine and report on Technological change, …

StatsNZ

Release of latest annual productivity statistics

27 February 2019

Last week, Stats NZ released its latest annual set of productivity statistics.

Newsletter

ProdComm News: February 2019

14 February 2019

Get up to speed with the latest from the Commission with our February newsletter.

State Services Commission

SSC inquiry into the use of external security consultants

18 December 2018

The State Services Commission has conducted an inquiry into the use of external security consultants…

Engagement for Local government funding and financing inquir…

12 December 2018

Consultation and engagement for our Local government funding and financing inquiry is underway.

Sally Garden joins the Commission

3 December 2018

We are delighted that Sally Garden joins the Commission today as a Principal Advisor.

Local government funding and financing: public views sought

6 November 2018

The Productivity Commission today published an issues paper for its inquiry into local government fu…

Submitter's views to our Low-emissions economy inquiry

1 November 2018

Thanks to everyone who took the time to participate in our Low-emissions economy inquiry.

Technological change and productivity

15 February 2018

Can technologies be as disruptive to models of production as earlier industrial revolutions?

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