Our Research


Infrastructure provision is a key government role. It is one ways in which government expenditure may raise economic productivity. Assessing the impacts of infrastructure investments is central to understanding prospective economic and social development within settlements or regions and across New Zealand more broadly. 

Our research focus

Motu’s current and recent infrastructure research focus includes:

  • The impacts of infrastructure on urban and regional development.
  • Assembling a long-term data series on NZ cities and towns.
  • Analysing methods for integrating infrastructure planning within and across regions.
  • Analysing the impacts of fibre broadband on firms' productivity.