Gareth Kiernan, Infometrics Chief Forecaster, is available to present his insights into building & property, infrastructure and transport sectors, as well as the New Zealand economy in general. We offer national level insights, as well as a strong focus on individual regions.
Infometrics is pleased to announce the release of our eagerly awaited Megatrends Report “From education to employment: Megatrends affecting NZ’s working environment ”.
Gareth Kiernan of Infometrics talks to Liam Dann about the Infometrics Megatrends report.
Infometrics recently authored a report for Education New Zealand showing that international education adds $4.28bn to New Zealand’s GDP. The report shows that the value added to the New Zealand economy by international education has risen over 50% since 2012. The economic value is made up of $4.04 billion from international students studying in New Zealand, and $242 million from services delivered offshore.
Shifting our vehicle fleet to renewable electricity is an obvious and urgent action if the government is to achieve the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions target it set itself last year in the lead up to the Paris climate conference. A recent report by Concept Consulting confirmed that electric vehicles (EVs) would be a sensible way to reduce our GHG emissions.
Equity-rich Auckland homeowners selling up in the big smoke is by now widely recognised. Might commercial property markets in Waikato and Bay of Plenty see a similar effect?
It’s pretty clear when you’re on the ground in the Christchurch CBD that plenty is happening, buildings are going up very quickly, and the perception of a failing rebuild, to our minds, can really only be based on delays to a few isolated (albeit high-value) anchor projects, such as the conference centre. That said, the prospects over the next 2-3 years may not be quite as inspiring, particularly for the office sector.
Andrew Gawith builds a case for transforming New Zealand’s transport system.
Infometrics has recently been involved in estimating the economic impacts on New Zealand of participating in an international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the period 2021 to 2030. We looked only at the cost of emissions mitigation to New Zealand, not at the effects (benefits) of avoided climate change. Actions by New Zealand will not affect global warming, but New Zealand may nonetheless wish to set an ambitious emissions reduction target.
A recent article by the Economist suggests that we should all work less and get a life – and the latest report by the Productivity Commission on this topic suggests that no-one needs to get a life more than New Zealanders.