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Niven Winchester co-author on MIT's 2018 Food, Water, Energy and Climate Outlook

Charting the Earth’s future for the 21st centuryMIT report highlights challenges and opportunities for conserving natural resources and stabilizing the climate CAMBRIDGE, MA—In 2015 the Paris Agreement specified the need for its nearly 200 signatory nations…

Short musical tribute to the first decade of the NZ ETS

On 25 September 2018, the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) marked its first decade since entry into law. A new video “The NZ ETS: Beyond the Barricade” has been released in honour of…

Motu Researcher off to top US University

Edmund Lou, a Research Analyst at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, has been granted a full scholarship for a PhD programme at Northwestern University, and is heading off to Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern is ranked 7th…

EQC flood claims come from the rich and close to the coast

Since the turn of the century, more than 25,000 claims worth nearly $300 million have been paid out by the Earthquake Commission (EQC) for damages caused by wild weather. “With climate change it’s vital to know…

Rise in accommodation supplements cause modest rent increases

The accommodation supplement benefit is the government’s largest direct investment in private sector housing subsidies. It provides assistance with housing costs for 11 percent of the population, with about two-thirds of recipients being renters. It…

Isabelle Sin appointed to Fair Pay Agreement Working Group

Isabelle Sin, one of Motu's Fellows, has been appointed to the Fair Pay Agreement Working Group. The Terms of Reference for the working group are on the MBIE website. The working group will look at: the criteria…

Worsening of gender wage gap one of the penalties of becoming a mother

The most famous mother-to-be in the country is due to give birth in less than a month, after which she plans to head back to work and her prime ministerial salary. That’s not the norm…

Ultrafast Broadband Rollout Increases Access in Deprived Urban Areas

The New Zealand Government has spent over $1 billion since 2008 developing an ‘ultra-fast broadband’ (UFB) network. A new study from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust looks at the access that New Zealanders…

Motu’s role in Productivity Commission low-emission economy report

Today’s release of the Productivity Commission’s draft report on New Zealand’s possible approaches towards reaching a low-emission economy was supported by work from researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research. “Our transition must be built…

Coping in the face of climate change: Research announced to better support our communities

A new report released by the the Deep South National Science Challenge, Communities and climate change: Vulnerability to rising seas and more frequent flooding, highlights key gaps in our collective understanding about how climate change…