Motu Events

One of Motu Research's missions is to help stimulate informed debate around our most pressing economic and policy issues. One way we do this is through our event series.

Our public policy seminars are an opportunity for expert input and stakeholder dialogue on urgent economic and policy issues. We invite prominent economists and thought leaders – both international and domestic – to present their findings and engage with a panel of qualified experts. The seminars help to educate stakeholders and kick-start collective thinking in some dynamic policy areas.

Confirmed upcoming Public Policy seminars include:

4 August 2021 Operationalising Resilience in Response to Water Insecurity Quentin Grafton
26 August 2021 Just climate transition Suzi Kerr
22 September 2021 Living Standards Framework/ He ara wairoa  Phil Evans, Tim Hughs
20 October 2021 Use of Subjective Wellbeing to Guide Public Policy Arthur Grimes


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See slides (and sometimes video recordings) from previous seminars here.

Several government agencies provide funding to support our seminars.

Thanks to The Treasury, the Productivity Commission, Stats NZ and EECA for their generous support.

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Confronting freshwater security challenges and pathways to resilience.

Presented by Quentin Grafton It is critical that we understand the contribution of climate change to water insecurity and yet there are still many challenges to measuring these impacts. How can we plan for freshwater resilience…

Exploring immigration settings, effects and outcomes

Presented by David Card New Zealand has a unique opportunity (post covid) to examine our approach to immigration settings. This event is one of several this year exploring the issue of what immigration policy settings would…

Minimum wages in New Zealand: Sharp tool or blunt instrument?

Thursday 3rd June @ 12.30pm Adam Auditorium, City Gallery Wellington - Te Whare Toi,  Te Ngākau Civic Square Directions   Listen to the recording of this seminar. Sign up for our events and newsletters here.     New…

Motu Research briefing: Boosting voluntary climate action in Aotearoa New Zealand. Part 1

  Many organisations in Aotearoa want to go beyond government requirements to help tackle climate change. However, past approaches to voluntary offsetting and carbon-neutral claims are not compatible with the Paris Agreement.   In this webinar, Motu Policy…

Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire

Rebecca Henderson gave a short presentation on her recent book: Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire. Her book not only outlines how capitalism needs to change if we are to build a just and sustainable world, but…

Global Productivity: Trends, Drivers and Policies

Speaker: Alistair Dieppe from the World Bank presentation on his recent paper which presents the first comprehensive analysis of the evolution and drivers of productivity growth, examines the impact of COVID-19 on productivity, and presents a wide-range…

Thoughts on Climate change in a post Covid world

Speaker: Suzi Kerr is the Chief Economist at Environmental Defense Fund. She was, until May 2019, a Senior Fellow, and from 1998 - 2009 Founding Director, at Motu Research in New Zealand. …

Exploring Preconditions for Effective Global Responses to Climate Change

Speaker: Jeremy Webb, a Kiwi in the process of completing his PhD at University College London  When Jeremy started his research, he was looking for options that might help solve climate change. He quickly realised the problem…