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  1. 17 March 2014

    A lack of understanding about the value communities place on water is hampering decision-making, according to a new report from NZIER. The NZIER report - Water Management in New Zealand: A road map for understanding water – says solutions to contentious water issues will also require flexibility in how water is allocated, along with a better understanding of the value that people place on using water for economic, environmental and social purposes.

  2. 21 November 2013

    NZIER report to the Ministry for the Environment.

    This study evaluates the economic impacts and environmental outcomes of regional policy scenarios to reduce nutrient discharges at farm level in Southland.

  3. 22 May 2013

    A more consistent approach to valuing natural assets would help decision-makers increase the efficiency of use of our natural resources, says NZIER.

  4. 22 May 2013

    To the Local Government and Environment Committee, 28 February 2013.

    Each year NZIER devotes some of its resources to undertake and make freely available economic research and thinking aimed at promoting a better understanding of New Zealand’s important economic challenges. The preparation of this submission was funded from those resources.

  5. 01 November 2012

    Policy priorities for engaging business to improve the health of ecosystems and conserve biodiversity.

    A paper prepared for the 28th Round Table on Sustainable Development to be held at the Ista Hyderabad Hotel, 16 October 2012.

  6. 10 September 2012

    A report for Chatham Rock Phosphate.

    NZIER was commissioned by Chatham Rock Phosphate to study the economic impacts of its project to develop a seabed phosphate resource on the Chatham Rise.

  7. 26 June 2012

    Consumers, supermarkets and distributors in Germany and the United Kingdom have been demanding reduced chemical use on fruit. The innovative growing programme ‘Apple Futures’ brought scientists and growers together to figure out how to reduce sprays and residues while producing export-quality fruit. Analysis from NZIER found that the research programme preserved between $25m and $35m per year of industry net income from 2008 to 2011, at a research cost of $3.2m. In just four years, the apple industry earned up to an extra $113m by reducing chemical residues to one-tenth of the maximum set by the European Union.

  8. 08 September 2011

    A report to the Ministry of Fisheries.

    As part of its review of regulations around aquaculture development, the Ministry of Fisheries asked NZIER to provide some guidance. The research focused on calculating the compensation if aquaculture produced an undue adverse effect (UAE) on fishing quota. NZIER assessed the impacts of three methods - quota trade price, business loss calculation, and arbitrator judgement - in setting the amount of compensation. No single method was best; they had various degrees of efficacy, transactions costs, certainty, efficiency, and equity.

    Link to report (Ministry of Fisheries website).

  9. 22 July 2011

    The National Policy Statement (NPS) on Freshwater Management is a good first step, but it may leave local authorities in the dark about how to meet its intent.

  10. 09 May 2011

    A dynamic Computable General Equilibrium analysis of increased irrigation in New Zealand.
    A report to Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

    We used our dynamic CGE model of the New Zealand economy to estimate the economic impact of 14 proposed irrigation schemes in Canterbury and the Hawke's Bay. The results indicate that by 2035 national GDP would be 0.8% higher than baseline as a result of the irrigation schemes. This calculation takes into account the costs of repaying the debt incurred to build the schemes as well as the flow-on impacts to the rest of the New Zealand economy.  Link to report (Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry website).

  11. 05 May 2011

    NZIER used its dynamic computable general equilibrium (CGE) model to examine the potential impacts of a successful Red Meat Strategy on the New Zealand economy. We found that the on-farm and processing productivity improvements envisioned by the Strategy, as well as land use shifts and consumer preference changes in export markets, would lead to a GDP increase of 1.3% by 2025.

    Link to report (Meat Industry Association of New Zealand website).

  12. 27 January 2011

    Booming foreign demand and adverse weather conditions have led to a significant increase in global food prices. In this Insight, NZIER models the impacts of high food prices on New Zealand and finds that it's not good news for Kiwis. The article also discusses policy implications as well potential international solutions.

  13. 14 October 2010

    Would you pay over $300 to ensure native birds remain at a single lake, even if you lived far away?  Maybe, or maybe not. But recent debates on mining and hydro-power developments show comparing the benefit of different uses of environmental assets is both difficult and controversial.

  14. 29 March 2010
  15. 28 March 2010
  16. 17 December 2009
  17. 23 September 2009
  18. 30 July 2009
  19. 19 May 2009

    A report to New Zealand Winegrowers, April 2009. Link is to the New Zealand Wine website.

  20. 15 May 2008

    A report to Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Inc), May 2008. Link is to the Federated Farmers website.

  21. 24 June 2007

    Report to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

  22. 08 September 2006

    by Ralph Lattimore, 2006
    NZTC WP no 45

  23. 06 April 2006

    A report for the Papua New Guinea Institute of National Affairs.

  24. 17 March 2006

    A report to Biosecurity New Zealand. The link is to the report on Biosecurity New Zealand's website.

  25. 28 April 2005

    by Vhari McWha. A report to MEUG.