Our work generates public interest and debate. We regularly speak at events about productivity, our research outputs and inquiries.
27 October 2022 - Business Pulse Breakfast, Rotorua NZ and Rotorua Business Chamber
A presentation by Dr Ganesh Nana, Chair of the Productivity Commission about the latest economic and workforce trends and what this means for Rotorua at the launch of the latest Rotorua Business Pulse findings.
27 October 2022 - NZ Architectural Design Conference
Dr Ganesh Nana, Chair of the Productivity Commission presented on Sustainability, productivity and wellbeing: The case for the long term.
13 October 2022 - Economic Development New Zealand Conference
Dr Ganesh Nana, Chair of the Productivity Commission presented on Stop, stop, stop; when will this end? Getting used to the new new.
5 April 2022 - Whakamanawa, Social Service Providers Conference
Ganesh Nana, Chair of the Productivity Commission, presented on collaborative social services initiatives.
21 May 2021 - Te Hono Māori Future & Tech Summit
Ganesh Nana, Chair of the Productivity Commission, gave a presentation on Productivity & Māori – the future game plan. The slides are available below.
4 May 2021 - Cooperative Business New Zealand’s Leaders Forum - Frontier firms
Ganesh Nana, Chair of the Productivity Commission, gave an update on the Commisison's inquiry into frontier firms at this forum. All slides from the day are available below and the panel discussion recordings are here.
15 April 2021 BDO Directors - World-class firms: lifting and improving NZ productivity and wellbeing
Ganesh Nana, Chair of the Productivity Commission, presented at a BDO breakfast to Directors and Senior Executives on productivity to support businesses to compete, grow and prosper in 2021.
12 April 2021 IPANZ - Productivity, wellbeing and public sector productivity
Ganesh Nana, Chair of the Productivity Commission, presented to IPANZ members on the opportunities for improved public sector productivity, along with the challenges to measuring and evaluating productivity.
9 March 2021 U3A - The economy, economics, productivity, and wellbeing
Ganesh Nana, Chair of the Productivity Commission, believes economics is fundamentally about people (not money). What to make of economics and wellbeing? And what lessons does the COVID experience provide? Ganesh presented his thoughts to U3A in Wellington.
3 March 2021 New Zealand Economics Forum - Economics in tumultuous times
The University of Waikato's New Zealand Economics Forum focused on enhancing the quality of public conversation about economic policy in New Zealand. It explored the major challenges facing our national economy for policymakers and officials, as well as the long-term economic impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Ganesh Nana, Chair of the Productivity Commission, presented his thoughts on the Challenges to & opportunities for improving productivity in a post-COVID world.
17 December 2020 LEANZ seminar - Covid policy trade-offs
Governments around the world are grappling with the question of how tightly to manage the spread of Covid-19 while sustaining economies and preserving public licence for ongoing or renewed containment measures. Principal Advisor Dave Heatley presented to LEANZ on what we know about policy trade-offs that could inform the Government's pandemic approach. Dr Martin Lally who wrote The costs and benefits of a Covid-19 lockdown also commented.
7 November 2019 AAHANZBS Conference - Institutions and change
Guanyu Zheng and Judy Kavanagh presented on the research paper New jobs, old jobs: The evolution of work in New Zealand’s cities and towns at the 11th Annual Conference of the Association of Academic Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools. This paper uses census data to document and analyse the changing nature of jobs in regional New Zealand between 1976 and 2013.
29 August 2019 NZARES Conference - Policy making under uncertainty and risk
Productivity Commission Chair Murray Sherwin delivered a speech for the Robin Johnson Memorial session at the New Zealand Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Conference.
9 November 2018 GEN Conference - Powerful policy tools for new policy problems
Murray Sherwin delivered the keynote speech at the 2018 Government Economics Network Conference in Wellington on powerful policy tools for new policy problems.
28 August 2018 NZIER - Seeking net-zero: the challenge and opportunity of climate change
The Commission's Chair Murray Sherwin delivered a speech to the Annual Meeting of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research on the Commission's low-emissions economy inquiry.
28 August 2018
13 February 2018 Productivity Conference - Improving the productivity of government services
8 December 2017 GEN Conference - Responding to global challenges: New Zealand’s productivity deficit
Murray Sherwin delivered the opening address at the 2017 Government Economics Network Conference in Wellington on New Zealand's productivity deficit.
14 October 2017 Competition Law and Policy Institute of NZ - Competition and productivity
6 April 2016 University of Canterbury Connect Lecture - Tertiary education
The UC Connect public lecture series offers the community an opportunity to attend topical lectures by experts in their fields. Chair of the Productivity Commission Murray Sherwin delivered a speech on What can a five-year old Productivity Commission add to a thousand-year old institution?
7 August 2014 ANZSOG Conference - Better regulation
Murray Sherwin delivered a New Zealand perspective speech to the Australia and New Zealand School of Government Conference in Canberra.
26 March 2014 Regulatory Reform Conference - From silos to systems
Chair of the Productivity Commission Murray Sherwin delivered the following speech From silos to systems: Some observations from across the ditch.
22 October 2012 CommonWealth Economic Forum - Small economies in a dangerous world
The CommonWealth Economic Forum gathered Asia's academic and business elites to discuss the region's future and explore the ideas of economic well-being and sustainability. Productivity Commission Chair Murray Sherwin delivered the following speech on small economies such as New Zealand and Taiwan.