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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. 

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

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…


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…


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…


How many jobs do your skills prepare you for?

31 October 2019

When I was applying for jobs in London, an amazing place – although my economist colleagues just cal…


Culturally diverse AI could enrich children’s learning

2 October 2019

I love the bold and colourful marae at Te Papa Tongarewa. The space is made up of a marae ātea (plac…

Secondary school students

Guest post: Secondary school students on work in 2030

30 September 2019

What do secondary school students think work will look like in 2030? Flying cars, genetically modifi…

Distance learning

How important is human capital to productivity?

18 September 2019

Have you ever done a MOOC? After completing four separate degrees and ten years at university, you w…

Digital skills

Making digital inclusion ‘go viral’

5 September 2019

Can you ‘infect’ someone with digital skills? It may sound like an odd question but let me explain…

Digital inclusion

Digital inclusion: What do we know from people who don’t use…

4 September 2019

Forty-five percent of people who don’t use the internet say they have no interest in the internet or…

Looking beyond access

Looking beyond access to solve the digital divide

2 September 2019

Why is the Productivity Commission interested in the digital divide? Our terms of reference ask us h…

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