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Key points

Productivity matters for wellbeing

  • Achieving higher productivity improves our overall wellbeing, by increasing the nation’s incomes and our ability to produce and afford the goods and services that underpin a happy, healthy life.
  • This allows us to invest in public goods and services that benefit everyone, such as schools, hospitals and infrastructure
  • Improved productivity also enables us to enjoy more time with family, whānau, friends and community, and spend more time on improved collective wellbeing, and pursue social and envinronmental goals.
  • The distribution – across and within groups and communities around the rohe – of the gains from higher productivity also matters for individual and overall wellbeing.

Aotearoa New Zealand’s productivity growth has declined

  • New Zealand’s economy has gone from being one of the most productive to one of the least productive in the OECD.
  • Working more hours and putting more people into work has been the main way that production and income have grown over the last decades.

Innovation and investment are keys to lifting productivity

  • Innovation and technological change, which require appropriate investment efforts, are critical to productivity growth.
  • The Government’s efforts need to be focused, aligned, well connected to businesses, iwi, Māori, researchers, and workers, and well evaluated, to enable learning and adaption.

Productivity requires a long-term commitment

  • Aotearoa New Zealand’s current productivity is built on decades of investment – in skills, knowledge, ICT, infrastructure, institutions, relationships, and the environment.
  • This investment effort needs to be not only continued, but also lifted and honed to ensure improved resources and inputs are fit-for-purpose for the 21st century.
  • The choices we make today influence the productivity and standard of living, waiora, and wairua tomorrow, and for future generations.