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What we’re here for

We carry out high-quality, innovative research, evidence-based inquiries and promote understanding of productivity-related topics. In producing and publishing research and reports, the Commission aspires to inform decision making and influence behaviours of Government, industry, and communities. To do this effectively, the Commission must be rigorous, trusted and a skilled communicator.

Our vision 

Our vision is to strengthen productivity in Aotearoa New Zealand and its connection to improvements in the wellbeing of current and future generations of New Zealanders.

Our purpose

As embodied in the New Zealand Productivity Commission Act 2010, the principal purpose of the Commission is “to provide advice to the Government on improving productivity in a way that is directed to supporting the overall wellbeing of New Zealanders, having regard to a wide range of communities of interest and population groups in New Zealand society.”

It is not enough for the Commission to simply produce reports. The analysis and commentary in our reports should be disseminated, understood and influence policy and other behaviours so that, in the long term, we contribute to improving productivity. 

The importance of our independence

We operate independently in delivering our work. Independence means that we make our own judgements based on extensive research, evidence-based analysis, and widespread engagement with stakeholders.

The following factors are critical to our independence:

  • Statutory independence: We are statutorily independent by virtue of our Act and the Crown Entities Act. This is critical to our effectiveness.
  • Operational independence: In practical terms, this means we have the requisite capability to carry out our inquiry and research work and publish our findings, as well as engage and collaborate with a wide range of parties.
  • Impartiality and objectivity: It is fundamentally important for us to act impartially and objectively as we undertake our work. Independent, published evaluation of our work is also a critical dimension of our performance framework.