The importance of long-term thinking and commitment to addressing Aotearoa New Zealand’s productivity challenges was the strongest message received through the stakeholder workshops – mirroring the domestic and international evidence. It is essential that government continues to place a strong focus on productivity across its work.
In this context, we signal the importance of setting and maintaining an enduring productivity policy and research agenda.
Below, we set out a starting point for such an agenda, bringing together what we heard from stakeholders with our other analysis.
We have identified five key opportunities:
- Opportunity 1: Focus on the role of innovation – and diffusion of innovation
- Opportunity 2: Invest in the basics – a skilled, healthy population
- Opportunity 3: Think long-term about Aotearoa New Zealand’s approach to land use and infrastructure
- Opportunity 4: Look to the potential inherent in te ao Māori and across the Māori economy
- Opportunity 5: Continue work to address Aotearoa New Zealand’s specific productivity challenges.
Each opportunity is set out in more detail below and, where relevant, linked to “inquiry topic” ideas identified through engagement. These topics provide more concrete potential issues that could be investigated to target productivity improvement in specific contexts across the opportunity areas – although noting that the scope of the opportunities identified are much broader than any single inquiry topic. Fuller explanations of each topic are provided in Appendix B.