Motu Events

One of Motu Research's missions is to help stimulate informed debate around Aotearoa's most urgent social, economic and policy issues. One way we do this is through our seminar series.


Our public policy seminars are an opportunity for expert input and stakeholder conversation on urgent social, 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.


Sign up to receive invitations to our public policy seminars.

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

Several government agencies provide funding to support our seminars.

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


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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…