From the Executive Director of Motu Research
Digital inclusion and wellbeing in New Zealand
Recent research (funded by DIA) examined which groups have a lower likelihood of being digitally included in New Zealand. We also examined the impact of digital inclusion on waiora/wellbeing. Arthur and Dom used four large-scale surveys of New Zealanders that include information on internet availability. Some of the surveys also include information on availability of other ICT related items and on internet use.
Freshwater Management Programme
In the last three years, issues of declining water quality and over-allocation of freshwater have surged in importance both inside and outside of government. Eighty-two percent of New Zealanders now say they are extremely or very concerned about the state of New Zealand’s waterways.
'By the Pacific, For the Pacific, With the Pacific'
In August, a group of 43 representatives from the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) and the Pacific Region converged on Auckland for three days of connecting with one another, learning from one another, and exploring the potential for improving human rights in the region through expansion of HRMI’s human rights dataset. Some of the outcomes included:
Read more about the workshop here.
The Executive Director of Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, John McDermott, has won the NZIER Economics Award. This is Aotearoa’s most prestigious award for economists in New Zealand. Dr McDermott joins other Motu economists who are past winners of this award: Dr Arthur Grimes (2005) and Dr Suzi Kerr (2010). The citation said John has been the foremost macro-economist in policy circles for at least the past decade. The award was announced on Tuesday 3 September at the NZIER Awards Dinner in Wellington by Professor Les Oxley and Dr Dianne McCarthy. The citation for the award is here. Pictured is John McDermott and Dr Dianne McCarthy (Chair of NZIER).
Looking for a Communications Advisor for Motu
After nearly five years in the role, Ceridwyn is leaving Motu. So, we're seeking an experienced communications professional to plan and lead our outreach and communications efforts and support the Director in fundraising activities. This is a flexible part or full time position. Training in economics is not necessary, but a willingness and ability to understand economic analysis and help communicate it is essential. If you are an energetic self-starter who would enjoy working as part of a team of professionals dedicated to a mission, check out the job ad here.
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