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BlogA blog by Commission staff

This was set up to generate ideas and promote debate for our Technological change and the future of work inquiry.

We welcome robust, respectful and insightful thoughts and ideas. Please post your comments at the bottom of blog posts. Comments are moderated and won't appear immediately. 

About the blog

The Commission has completed its inquiry into Technological change and the future of work. Thanks to everyone who read and commented on this blog! Read the final inquiry report and recommendations to Government here. 

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Is this the future of work?

14 April 2020

Like us, most of you will be at home, keeping to your bubbles, isolating from others and maybe worki…


Can Kiwis be better chameleons?

25 February 2020

To succeed in an unpredictable and changing world, adaptability is the key. Let’s be chameleons. Tec…


Last post (almost)

13 February 2020

This is our penultimate post on the FutureworkNZ blog. We’ve really enjoyed the process of testing o…


Decisions, decisions…

5 February 2020

In my last post, I talked about how the rough and tumble of reallocation led to productivity growth,…


It’s all in the mix

3 February 2020

In our first four draft reports, the Commission focused on questions like:

Is technology progress a…

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon platform fire

Debunking fallacies – couldn’t say it better myself

30 January 2020

Our technological change and the future of work inquiry has turned the hose on some burning platform…

Internet at home

Guest post: The Internet should be for all New Zealanders, s…

27 January 2020

The fact you’re reading this article online is a good indicator you are “digitally included” - meani…

Dr Amelia Sharman

So long, farewell…

24 January 2020

… auf Wiedersehen, adieu! Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu. . .

Dr Amelia Sharman

I dropped maths at school – what happened?

23 January 2020

In my final year of school, I completely dropped maths and science – resulting in a conference with …

Judy Kavanagh

Educating New Zealand’s future workforce

22 January 2020

Do you remember your first day at school? The education I received was for a very different world th…

New Years resolutions

New Year’s resolutions

7 January 2020

The first week back at work after the new year is the most popular time to look for a new job.


Will there still be Santa?

20 December 2019

I’ve got some bad news about Santa Claus. The North Pole may be far, but it’s not too far to avoid t…


Where are all the part-time students?

19 December 2019

You’d think that with low unemployment and ever-improving technology for distance education, the pro…


From sewing machinist to software programmer

16 December 2019

I’m sure you’ve heard some version of this popular prediction – about two-thirds of children enterin…


Occupational drift

12 December 2019

New research by Dave Maré from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research for the Commission investiga…

Tiny home

Is NZ short of equity capital?

11 December 2019

Low business investment is a problem for tech adoption.  Interest rates don’t provide a convincing e…


Why aren’t NZ businesses investing?

9 December 2019

Crazily low interest rates but NZ businesses are not investing. Why not?

It’s an important question…


Generalist to specialist

5 December 2019

Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage…

Sushi train

Bite-sized learning

3 December 2019

There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning c…

Job security

Policies for dynamic labour markets and productivity growth

28 November 2019

If you’re at risk of losing your job, your best protection is to have lots of other good job opportu…

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