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End of year message from Productivity Commission Chair

Despite a stubbornly ongoing pandemic and a deteriorating global situation, it is critical for us all to reflect and gain reassurance from our collective achievements in navigating a path through to the end of 2022.

16 December 2022

Kia ora koutou

2022 has been another tough year. Coming off the back of the challenges of 2020 and 2021, it’s been a marathon, but we have almost made it to the finish line – phew!

It’s a sign of resilience that many of our communities and businesses are here after almost three years of turmoil. I acknowledge that some have felt the brunt more than others, but in those situations where there hasn’t been a fair chance to build resilience, an underlying strength of purpose is humbling. Despite a stubbornly ongoing pandemic and a deteriorating global situation, it is critical for us all to reflect and gain reassurance from our collective achievements in navigating a path through to the end of 2022.

Calls to lift productivity may be heard by some as tone deaf during these times of upheaval. I would argue however that “improving productivity in a way directed to supporting the overall wellbeing of New Zealanders” is something we cannot afford to ignore. The challenges and opportunities facing 21st century Aotearoa highlight not only the treasures we have to lose but, more so, the prizes we have to gain.

Consequently, it is no coincidence that economic resilience and a fair chance for all are both on our agenda. We will continue to work on these challenges through 2023, alongside engaging with a wider range of New Zealanders.

My thanks to all our stakeholders and to those who make up our broad and growing constituency. You have provided us with your time and experiences throughout the year, adding invaluable checks and balances to our work with your engagement and critique. We are privileged to be able to draw on this range of wisdom.

A huge thanks to my staff, who have displayed remarkable agility and adaptability in the face of another year of difficulties – I appreciate and do not underestimate how much they have achieved through this year.

I wish you all a calm and peaceful festive season, surrounded by loving whānau, hearty conversation, appetising and refreshing food and drink.

Travel safe, take care. Meri Kirihimete.

Ngā mihi nui,

Dr Ganesh Nana
Chair, Productivity Commission

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