Kirdan Lees

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13 Jul 2016

House prices in Auckland and elsewhere continue to skyrocket, pricing out many younger productive workers that would otherwise boost income growth in our cities.

Many agencies across central and local government are looking for solutions. Those solutions lie in unlocking enough flexibility of land...

Discussion paper

8 May 2014

Priming Auckland for ambitious future growth requires change on many policy fronts.

Auckland is starting to swell. Rapid population and income growth are occurring, but Auckland’s narrow geography – with harbours on both sides of the city – limits land availability.

Without change...


28 Mar 2014

International arrivals to New Zealand in 2013 grew at the fastest pace in a decade, according to this report to Tourism New Zealand.

Key points

There has been stellar growth in visitors from Western markets

New Zealand experienced strong growth in...


24 Feb 2014

Headline exchange rate measures don’t capture New Zealand's burgeoning emerging market trade, particularly the China-driven export boom, argues this short paper.


People are worried about the damage the strengthening exchange rate might be doing to the export sector. It's only a...

Discussion paper

10 Feb 2014

A new Insight from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) shows that increasing net migration would lift incomes not just for immigrants but for the native population. An additional 40,000 people a year for 10 years increases GDP per capita by a chunky...

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