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Motu Research Update 2019

Every year, Motu puts out an annual research update, with more in depth articles about recent research.In 2019, this newsletter includes articles on valuing diversity, the Waro Project, quality of life and business for migrants,...

Motu Household Climate Action Tool

New Zealand’s image might be clean and green, but we are among the top countries in the world when it comes to producing greenhouse gases on a per capita basis, emitting around 17 tonnes per...

Culturally diverse locations good for business

Between 1981 and 2013, the proportion of the adult population born overseas rose from 18 percent to 29 percent.The increase in the foreign-born adult population was particularly strong in larger urban areas. In Auckland, the...

Interactive: Do Kiwis choose to live in racially diverse neighbourhoods? Researchers find a surprising answer

Three out of four Kiwis say that they'd be comfortable about a new neighbour from a racial/ethnic minority, according to the last Statistics NZ survey to ask that question. New Zealanders see themselves as welcoming...

A+ student wins Sir Frank Holmes Prize in 2019

The Sir Frank Holmes Scholarship is named for one of New Zealand's past great economists. It is generously sponsored by The Hugo Group and is awarded annually to New Zealand's top third year university student...

How to have quality freshwater and plenty of it

Julia Talbot-Jones of Victoria University of Wellington and Freshwater Programme Lead at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research argues against piecemeal measures to improve our rivers and waterways.Water is the primary medium through which the world will...

Iwi research lifts lid on carbon

Farmers Weekly interviewed Pia Pohatu about the Waro Project. A research project on the North Island’s east coast is helping Maori land owners balance the complexities of the Emissions Trading Scheme and establishing native forests with...

‘Ground zero’: How will climate-driven drought impact rural communities?

New economic research commissioned by the Deep South Challenge, co-funded by Manaaki Whenua: Landcare Research and with the support of Motu Economic and Public Policy Research will investigate the impact of climate change-driven drought on vulnerable...

Motu’s John McDermott wins NZ’s Top Economics Award

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...

Fighting Climate Change a Bonus for Planting Native Trees

Over the last three years researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research have worked with Hikurangi Enterprises Ltd to scope Māori landowner interest in native forest regeneration and carbon farming. “With the introduction of the...