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Welcome to our newest Fellow, Tadhg Ryan-Charleton

Motu is happy to announce our newest Fellow, Tadhg Ryan-Charleton who has joined us this February.   Tadhg's expertise in Strategic Management complements Motu’s existing capabilities and strengthens our commitment to Productivity and Innovation in New Zealand.   Tadhg…

Stuart Donovan on Wellington's District Plan: Does upzoning help to boost housing supply and improve affordability?

Senior Fellow Stuart Donovan has written an opinion piece for The Spinoff, published today: Opinion: Wellington’s housing panel is out of step with the economic evidence | The Spinoff.   In it, he relates the economic evidence…

Motu welcomes new Senior Fellow Stuart Donovan

Motu is proud to welcome our new Senior Fellow, Stuart Donovan.   Stuart has two decades of experience working in Australia and New Zealand. With expertise in spatial, urban, and transport economics; multi-modal transport planning; and land…

New guide released to help communities in Aotearoa New Zealand tackle major challenges

  Motu Research has just released a new guide to help communities and organisations run their own just transition processes in response to challenges like climate change, rapid technological change, employment changes in regions and the…

Fighting cold, damp housing – a big tick for Warmer Kiwi programme

Motu Research evaluated the Government’s Warmer Kiwi Homes programme and found using heat pumps reduces electricity use by 16 percent on average over winter months and is effective at creating warm, dry homes in Aotearoa. Our…

Research shows free speech benefits the poor the most

Recently published research (by Motu and VUW) analyses the types of people who benefit most from freedom of speech. The research found people with more resources place greater priority on freedom of speech. However, people…

Āheitanga Thesis scholarship - applications open for 2023

Every year, Motu Research offers a one-year $10,000 scholarship pool to enhance research capacity in Aotearoa’s Māori community. It is offered to university students of Māori descent who are working on (or are planning to…

Silt: an explainer

Motu affiliate Troy Baisden appeared on RNZ’s The Panel to discuss silt problems after recent cyclones.

What’s So Special About 2% Inflation?, on CNBC

Arthur Grimes appeared on a CNBC documentary on the origins of a 2% inflation target.

Avoid using outdoor cooking/heating appliances indoors during Cyclone Gabrielle recovery

Our fellow, Phoebe Taptiklis has come up with life-saving, evidence-based information for people in cyclone-ravaged areas of Aotearoa New Zealand.   Accidental carbon monoxide poisoning kills several people a year in Aotearoa. Deaths increase during long-term…