Infometrics September newsletter
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September 2019

With local council elections just around the corner, this month we’ve focused our newsletter coverage on a range of topics that have both local and regional dynamics.

Brad Olsen examines the rising debt levels of councils across New Zealand and makes a case for more council funding to address the infrastructure deficit.

Brad's second article takes a look at the first release of Census 2018 data, drawing out some interesting insights.

Andrew Whiteford ranks New Zealand's most creative cities (for 2018), and although the top city has not changed, there has been some shuffling in the rankings.

Automation and its effect on employment is investigated by Nick Brunsdon, specifically the findings of our recent case study for Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).

Andrew Beattie rounds out with our regular Chart of the Month, looking at the latest school leavers data and finds a worrying trend of more young people leaving school with no qualifications.

Rising council debt across New Zealand
With local elections in full swing, there’s a greater focus on the direction that our councils are moving towards and how much is it going to cost. Wrapped up in these discussions is the the fact that right across New Zealand we need to address our infrastructure deficit after decades of neglect. Planning to address this deficit will not be easy, or cheap, but is critical to aiding growth and fixing our housing issues.
New Zealand’s most creative city in 2018
Wellington City retains its top spot in 2018 as New Zealand’s most creative city, according to Infometrics’ Creativity Measure. Not only is Wellington City in a league of its own but it has been widening the gap with its closest rivals over the past ten years.
How automation will change our workforce
Around the world, there is increasing interest and concern about the potential effect of technology, specifically automation, on employment. In this article, we consider how technology has affected employment historically, where it’s heading, and use our work for ATEED in Auckland as a case study to highlight the potential future changes.
Insights from the 2018 Census (so far)
On 23 September StatsNZ released the first batch of Census 2018 data, which includes high-level national trends, population counts for local areas, and the number of electorates. Although it is great to finally have some 2018 Census data, the information available is still very high level.
Chart of the month: More failing education at the first hurdle
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New data released by the Ministry of Education shows that 7,033 school leavers had no qualification in 2018, up 615 people from 2017. The percentage of school leavers without any qualification increased from 10.2% in 2017 to 11.2% in 2018. Delving into the data we found considerable differences between regions.