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Population Projections

Infometrics has developed its own population projection model and produced population and household projections for over 25 local authorities, as well as national clients looking to understand regional hotspots.

The Infometrics population projection model is economically driven, using our regional employment forecasts to inform our net migration projection. Our approach builds on the cohort component approach. We consider how births, deaths, migration, household formation, and labor force participation affect the population at each stage of life. This means that our projections reflect both demographic processes and the economic prospects of an area.

Our population projections include:

  • Population, household and dwelling growth trends
  • Population age structure
  • Household type structure
  • Average household size

We can do this at a regional, territorial authority and even SA2 level if required. SA2 is a type of geographic region which is smaller than territorial authorities and has been designed to represent communities. We have worked together with a number of territorial authorities to develop projection approaches for even smaller areas, such as SA1, small settlements, spatial plan areas, or infrastructure rating areas.

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Export Market Finder

Export Market Finder (EMF) is a tool for identifying realistic export opportunities for New Zealand products. It helps organisations grow their exports by focussing on which countries offer the most untapped potential. It works at a fine level of product detail.

In the past identifying new markets was based on anecdote and gut feel. EMF brings a data-driven, evidence-based approach to identifying potential markets. It is especially effective in identifying the less obvious markets.

EMF has been developed for New Zealand by international trade experts Trade Advisory using a methodology which has been perfected over the past two decades. It is used widely around the world and is recognised by the World Trade Organisation as a trade facilitation tool.

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Regional Economic Profile

Infometrics’ online Regional Economic Profile (REP) provides an in-depth description of your region or district’s economic structure and performance over the past year and previous years. It combines a comprehensive, robust set of economic data with a dynamic and interactive web-based interface. The Regional Economic Profile covers a wide range of topics including GDP, employment, unemployment, productivity, standard of living, population, wellbeing, skills, businesses, and tourism.

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Sector Profile

Our Sector Profiles provide you with deep evidence-based insights into the sectors of the economy that are important to you.

You can create your own customised sectors or adopt some of our many standard definitions. We have developed a unique method for defining sectors in terms of both industries and occupations. For example, suppose your focus was on Accountancy. We can capture data on people working within accounting-related industries, such as Accounting Services, as well as individuals who are employed in an accountancy occupation in a non-accounting industry (e.g. an accountant employed by a large building company).

Sectors can be defined at a national, regional and territorial authority level, or you can create your own customised regions.

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Regional Construction Outlook

Our Regional Construction Outlook (RCO) draws on our well-regarded national building forecasts to estimate construction activity within Regional Council Areas, Territorial Authorities and Auckland Wards.

The Regional Construction Outlook includes:

  • Historical and forecast residential, and non-residential consents and work put in place by building type
  • Forward looking commentary focusing on key regions
  • Ability to define and save customised regions that align with your business areas
  • Four forecast updates a year
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Te Matapae

Te Matapae brings together detailed labour market, education and population data to tell a coherent and easily understood story of how Māori are currently positioned in the labour market, future challenges for the Māori workforce, and where future employment opportunities lie for Māori.

Te Matapae reports on these insights for all territorial authorities and regions in New Zealand. This means that the story can be tailored to your customised regions or rohe.

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Small Area Profile

Small Area Profiles provide economic and population insights for areas within a city or district. Our Small Area Profiles include outputs for urban areas, SA2 and SA3 areas, or a combination of these to reflect your zones of interest. These finer-grained areas enable you to assess economic performance and identify drivers of growth for central business districts, suburbs, towns, wards, community boards or rural catchments. Infometrics economists will work with you to define the small areas which align with your communities of interest.

Small Area Profiles include detailed economic insights into your local economy, population and businesses. You can look at the current characteristics of your local areas, and how they have been changing over time. Economic data includes GDP and employment by industry, and the number of businesses. Population insights include population size and age profile.

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Community Profile

Community Profiles are a dynamic and interactive tool for understanding your local area at a high level, or diving deep into specific communities. The Community Profiles cover SA2s within every territorial authority and region of New Zealand. SA2 is a type of geographic region which is smaller than Territorial Authorities and has been designed to represent communities.

Based on Census data, Community Profiles provide a range of insights beyond simple population counts, enabling users to explore migration, cultural diversity, wellbeing, families, skills, income, work, transport and dwellings. Each topic can be viewed in charts and tables, and the underlying data can be downloaded into Excel.

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Building Forecasts

Our Building Forecasts can give you insights into the outlook for property and construction activity throughout New Zealand.

The Building Forecasts include:

  • Coverage of the national economic drivers of building activity, including population growth, interest rates, and property market activity
  • Detailed national forecasts of both residential and non-residential construction
  • Discussion of specific trends for subsectors such as apartments, residential alterations, and the full range of non-residential building types
  • Trends in infrastructure investment
  • Four forecast updates a year
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Quarterly Economic Monitor

Our Quarterly Economic Monitor (QEM) provides a focused, timely, finger-on-the-pulse insight into how your local economy has performed over the previous quarter with expert commentary from Infometrics’ regional economists and a range of economic indicators.

  • Leading economic indicators: GDP, consumer spending, population and traffic flows
  • Property market shifts: house values and sales numbers
  • Industry trends: construction activity, tourist spending, dairy pay outs, and vehicle registrations
  • Labour market dynamics: unemployment rate and benefit recipients
  • Living standards: housing and rental affordability.
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Regional Skills Outlook

The Regional Skills Outlook provides an evidence base of past, current and future skill needs across regional industries and occupations. Information on skills needs is coupled with data on the supply of skills from tertiary education, immigration and school leavers to get insights into areas of skills imbalance.

Our skills supply and demand information is at a national, regional and territorial authority level so you can drill down and look at what is happening in your local economy.

Our data is simple to use without compromising on detail. The Regional Skills Outlook is presented in an easy-to-use web-based interactive dashboard. Our data visualisations turn complex data into easily understood information. You don’t need to be a data expert or statistician to use our products.

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Regional Economic Forecasts

Infometrics’ regional forecasts provide a five-year outlook of employment and GDP across 54 industries covering the whole economy for each territorial authority and regional council area in New Zealand.

These ‘business as usual’ forecasts unpack our national industry outlooks into regional council area and territorial authority based on historic trends, patterns and relationships and Infometrics’ view of how the New Zealand and international economy will unfold over the next few years.

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Transport Forecasts

Our transport forecasts give you insights into the future demand for passenger and commercial vehicle registrations and the underlying drivers that will influence that demand.

Detailed forecasts are prepared for both new and used car registrations, as well as light, medium and heavy commercial vehicle registrations.

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Infrastructure Pipeline Profile

The Infrastructure Pipeline Profile (IPP) describes and analyses all large-scale infrastructure projects and spending across New Zealand’s regions over the next ten years. The analysis includes details on the type of planned infrastructure spending, the timing and value of major projects, and a regional element of infrastructure spending. Infometrics draws on a wide range of data to determine planned infrastructure spending from central government departments, city and district councils, and private sector companies. The profile captures non-building construction of:

  • roading, rail, and other land transport
  • ports and airports
  • electricity generation, electricity transmission, and electricity distribution
  • irrigation
  • local council spending on the three waters (water supply, storm water, and sewerage).
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Covid-19: Economic Insights and Response

The COVID-19 pandemic was an unprecedented challenge to both the New Zealand and global economies. Infometrics worked throughout the pandemic to provide insights and forecasts into how the pandemic, and related responses, were affecting New Zealand’s national economy, industries, and regional economies.

Now that major actions to address the pandemic have ended, we have transitioned away from a specific response to COVID-19 towards more usual programming.

Most of our analysis around COVID-19 is still available:

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Infometrics presentations are a cost-effective, informative and entertaining way to gain access to Infometrics economic data, analysis and insights. Our economists are available to travel to your premises, or we can engage with you virtually over Zoom or Teams.

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Economic & Labour Market Research

Infometrics economists have a strong track record of applying a variety of analytical techniques such as econometric analysis, general equilibrium modelling and environmental scans to answering your questions about the labour market and economy. Our economists have undertaken a large number of projects for central and local government, as well as training organisations and education providers that delve deep into understanding the economic and labour market characteristics of various sectors and regions.

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Event Impact Calculator

The Infometrics Event Impact Calculator enables you to calculate the economic impact of an event without paying consultants. The calculator puts a standard economic multiplier methodology into a simple user-friendly interface.

The calculator has recently been fully redeveloped to make it more user friendly and intuitive to use.

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Cost Escalation Forecasts

Robust and transparent cost escalators are needed to assist with budget setting and business cases in a range of contexts including transport, water, other infrastructure projects, and local government Long Term Plans. Cost escalation is always a consideration in setting budgets, but no more so than in the current high-inflation environment. Our cost escalation forecasts detail our expectations for inflationary pressures in different parts of the economy.

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