Infometrics April newsletter
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April 2016

This month’s newsletter takes a close look at infrastructure in our regions. 

Benje Patterson presents the case for embracing private accommodation as part of the solution to alleviating accommodation shortages in visitor hotspots. 

Gareth Kiernan delves deep into infrastructure spending to find where firms involved in the provision and construction of infrastructure should put their focus.

The newsletter ends with a quick look at our new small area profiles of towns and communities within your local area, before questioning whether New Zealanders are getting a fair deal from the big oil companies.. 

Don’t just build hotels, embrace private accommodation
With capacity constraints in the commercial accommodation sector biting, it is time that private accommodation provision is embraced as part of solution to managing peak load in the tourism sector. This article quantifies the scale of the private accommodation resource and why the public sector is failing to take it seriously.
The changing pattern of future infrastructure spending
Over the next ten years, the increase in infrastructure spending in the top half of the North Island is projected to be larger than the lift in infrastructure spending nationwide. This outcome is one of the key findings of our recently launched Infrastructure Pipeline Profile.
Understanding small parts of local economies
Territorial authority level data can often mask vast differences in fortunes of towns and communities within districts. For this reason, we have developed small area profiles that give decision makers in the provinces the ability to get detailed economic and social insights of each small area within their jurisdiction.
Are the oil companies taking us for a ride?
Something seems to be adrift in the domestic oil market and sufficiently so as to warrant some form of investigation by the Commerce Commission. An excess margin of around 10 cents per litre represents a transfer from consumers to oil companies in the region of $600m each year.