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The Productivity Commission has completed its inquiry into New Zealand's frontier firms and presented its final report and recommendations to Government. An independent evaluation has been carried out against the Commission's performance framework. This uses three external sources of feedback: an expert review, focus groups and online survey.


  • Our brief
    December 2019
  • Issues paper
    April 2020
  • Submissions closed 1 September 2020
  • Draft report
    December 2020
  • Submissions closed 5 February 2021
  • Final report
    April 2021
  • Evaluation
    July 2021
  • Follow-on review
    September 2022

Expert review

Guy Beatson conducted an independent review and evaluation of the inquiry. His report is structured around the Commissions' performance measures and is available to download here.

Focus group review

Three focus groups were arranged (including one Māori) to gather the views of a wide range of stakeholders on the Commission's performance. There were challenges to attendance at the focus groups with Wellington being in level 2 Covid-19 lockdown and so some of the evaluation was based on one-on-one interviews. The following report presents the results.

Online survey

There were 105 respondents to the online survey out of 459 invitations, making a 23% response rate with an 8% margin of error. The following report includes the anonymous responses.