The Commission

The New Zealand Productivity Commission - Te Komihana Whai Hua o Aotearoa (the Commission that pursues abundance for New Zealand) - is an independent Crown Entity that began operating on 1 April 2011.

Our purpose

“The principal purpose of the Commission is to provide advice to the Government on improving productivity in a way that is directed to supporting the overall well-being of New Zealanders, having regard to a wide range of communities of interest and population groups in New Zealand society.” New Zealand Productivity Commission Act, 2010

To fulfil this purpose, we do three things:

  • undertake in-depth inquiries on topics referred to us by the Government (our core business);
  • carry out productivity-related research that assists improvement in productivity over time; and
  • promote understanding of productivity issues. 

Our work – across these three areas – is largely at what we call the ‘framework level’ – considering whether laws, policies, regulations and institutions best support the wellbeing of New Zealanders. This is different to workplace or individual productivity, which, given our name, some assume (understandably but incorrectly) is our focus. 

Our vision

Our vision is productivity growth for maximum wellbeing.

This is an aspirational vision and something to continually work toward. The vision reflects that more wellbeing is better than less, given it creates more wellbeing options for New Zealanders, whether economic, social, environmental and cultural.

Our values

We think of our organisation values – ambitious; productive; real-world; supportive; and evenhanded – as the key behaviours and attitudes that underpin our success. We believe these values will underpin a culture characterised by enthusiasm and insight; ideas that work in practice; collaborative working internally and externally; and a high level of professionalism and integrity.

Our legislation

The New Zealand Productivity Commission Act was passed in December 2010, creating the New Zealand Productivity Commission as an independent Crown Entity.

To find out more read the New Zealand Productivity Commission Act 2010.

Transparency statement on information gathering

This transparency statement explains how the Commission collects, uses and shares information gathered about members of the public or other entities (directly or indirectly) in accordance with the Information Gathering Model Standards. 

The Commission does not have any law enforcement, regulatory compliance responsibilities, and does not gather any information for these purposes. 

The security of our premises is managed in accordance with our health and safety policy and in accordance with government procurement standards and government Protective Security Requirements. The security of our information is managed in accordance with our Managing Information Policy, and in compliance with the Privacy Act 1993, the Official Information Act 1982  and the Public Records Act 2005. The information we hold is used only for the purpose for which it is collected or as otherwise advised, including as described in our Managing Information Policy. 

Note where we have serious concerns regarding potential threats to the physical security of staff, or the security of information or places, we will engage an appropriate authority (such as NZ Police). 

Should we identify a need to gather information in scope of the model standards in future, we will ensure compliance with the Information Gathering Model Standards, and update this transparency statement. 

This statement applies to information gathered by us, our contractors, or any other third parties engaged by us.

Enquiries and complaints

If you have any enquiries about our information gathering activities, or believe we have not acted in accordance with this statement, please contact