Rod Oram argues in his weekly column that there's never been a better time to build a high productivity and high wage economy, but there's also a risk the current good times will allow complacency to lock in New Zealand's bad habits.
In today's email we look at the latest GDP figures, and the latest recommendations from the OECD on how to tackle the productivity issues they reveal.
The OECD has offered up a cure for New Zealand's economic achilles heel of poor productivity, but it's also hopeful that recently strong immigration will drive an improvement in the long run.
In today's email we preview the GDP figures due out this morning, and look at the latest house price and sales volume statistics.
Students graduating with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) degrees are likely to earn more than their non-STEM counterparts, new research suggests.
In today's email we look at how the Maori Party could end up taking the role of kingmaker in post-coalition negotiations, we preview the Chinese Premier's visit and we examine the latest OECD reports on New Zealand's poor productivity.
In today's email, we look at John Key's legacy and rate his valedictory speech, detail the big data debate and check out the response to claims in "Hit and Run".
In today's email, we detail the Government's failure to collect any tax from global giant Apple, we look at how the water charging story isn't going to dry up, and examine the good news and the bad news out of Kiwibank's woeful week.
It is the central task of any business or organisation or economy: how to produce more of a product or service (or a better one) with the same amount of resources, particularly the number of hours worked.
In today's email, we look at the latest National Accounts which show productivity remains woeful, we ask just how many new social houses are going to be built in Auckland, and we detail why both Uber and taxi firms are unhappy with the latest recommendations out of the Transport and Industrial Relations select committee.