ICTis an increasingly important element of the New Zealand economy. In thisarticle, we outline some of the ways that ICT can influence the broad economy,and what these influences may mean for New Zealand going forward.
The New Zealand labour market has beenchanging, with the type of work available in 2014 very different to the typesof jobs and tasks workers would have performed in 1993. In this article weoutline some of the changes that have occurred on an industry basis and hazarda guess as to why.
In 2012, the Living Wage Aotearoa NewZealand movement commissioned a report on a livingwage. As this movement gathered momentum, there has been a social push forminimum wages hikes – something a number of government parties brought intotheir pre-election policies. This article will look into the industries mostaffected by minimum wage increases and analyse likely business responses overthe short and medium term.
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Recently I listened to a brief but intriguing item onNational Radio about the burgeoning technology of 3D printing. The item wascentred around Maurice Williamson’s border control concerns when it came topreventing the production of illegal firearms and illicit drugs. Inparticular, he said that "if people could print off … sheets of ecstasy tabletsat the party they’re at at that time, that just completely takes away ourborder protection role in its known sense".
Two months ago I wrote about an international study on the importance of management to business and economic performance (Dominion Post, 17 April 2010). I concluded by saying that it would be nice to see how the management of New Zealand firms compared with those in other countries. What I did not know was that the Ministry of Economic Development had already commissioned the same research team to replicate the research in New Zealand and that they were just about to release their report: Management Matters in New Zealand – How does manufacturing measure up?
Improving the productivity of the New Zealand economy is often touted as the key to raising our standard of living from itscurrent position in the bottom half of the OECD. Grasping the "work smarter,not harder" mantra would seem to be particularly apt for a country whereaverage working hours are among the longest in the world.