Wanganui can benchmark themselves against other regions

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Making economic analysis easier for Hamilton

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Regional flight price gouging – guilty until proven innocent?

Airlines have dominated the news this financial reportingseason, with results showing Air New Zealand going from strength to strength,while Jetstar lost significant ground in the New Zealand domestic market.  Althoughthe ensuing media storm has centred on claims that Air New Zealand’s profitsurge was partly driven by monopolistic exploitation of travellers fromregional centres, it is more constructive to back up a couple of steps and tryto understand the backdrop to the perceived problem.

New Zealand’s loser towns

There has been increasing discussion in the media over recent weeks about the plight of some of our provincial and rural economies.  Shamubeel Eaqub from the NZIER has sparked debate by highlighting the situation and suggesting a greater regional focus in economic policy.  What he is actually advocating in practice is a little unclear given that he says "for stagnating regions we need to build on their capabilities – help where there is a credible chance that the cost of investments will be more than repaid by future benefits" at the same time as saying that "current strategies of investment attraction and picking winners are not working."  My colleague, Benje Patterson, when writing a few weeks ago, rejected explicit government involvement in propping up businesses in rural areas, stating that "industry subsidies … tend to lead to less efficient resource allocations and weaken overall economic returns in New Zealand."

Dispelling some myths about regional economic performance

There has been talk of late that the gap between the economic performances of our provinces and major urban environments is widening. However, even though these types of comments have been well intentioned, generalised conclusions of this nature are unsubstantiated by economic data and unhelpful from a policy perspective. Apart from some isolated cases of regional struggles, the majority of provincial economies have outperformed major cities over the past decade.

Public transport use in key urban centres

The 2013 census showed that the proportion of those travelling to work via bus or train was 5.7%,[1] up from 5.2% at the 2006 census.  Public transport is a significantly more prominent travel option in regions with a high enough population density to support its use. This article will focus on the key aspects of public transport growth in the three key urban centres of Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, and looks at where further linkages could be developed to provide better connections between work and home.

Has Jetstar peaked already?

Qantas’s recently released financial results show that Jetstar lost market share to Air New Zealand over the closing stages of 2013. Despite this recent wobble, Jetstar’s rapid growth over the past few years has significantly helped improve regional air connectivity in New Zealand and is vital for maintaining competitive domestic air travel prices.

Why is Fonterra losing grip of market share in the dairy industry?

Fonterra’s share of the New Zealand dairy market has fallensubstantially over recent years, driven down by a rapidly expanding competitivefringe of smaller export-orientated dairy firms.  This article examines how theindustrial structure of the New Zealand dairy industry has evolved over thepast decade and identifies reasons why changes have occurred.