We provide independent expertise and advice.

For over 50 years our economists have been helping clients analyse market, regulatory, social, and environmental trends to enable them to make informed and strategic decisions.

Areas we work in

What we do

Environmental and natural resource management

We provide clients with expert analysis of environmental and natural resource use issues, solutions to market or regulatory failures, and methods to infer non-market values. Our work, in topic areas such as air quality, biosecurity, climate change, waste management and water use, informs national policy development and RMA processes for both private applicants and public regulatory bodies.

Key contacts

Chris Nixon

Principal Economist

chris.nixon[at]nzier [dot] org [dot] nz

Peter Clough

Senior Economist

peter.clough[at]nzier [dot] org [dot] nz

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Latest projects

Latest publications

  • Tourism recovery – without stepping on the gas - NZIER Insight 95

    09 March 2021

    By Peter Clough

    With borders closed for the foreseeable future New Zealand tourism is facing a loss of substantial revenue from the lack of foreign visitors, who would usually maintain demand for tourism businesses after the end of the peak summer holidays for domestic tourists. But after the COVID-19 set-back, what will recovery look like in a world attempting to curb its emissions of greenhouse gases and global warming?


  • Getting the balance right : The effect of water quality proposals on the New Zealand economy

    16 September 2019

    The proposed new water quality standards will set the stage for a new round of dairy innovation. Our latest report finds that it's not a choice between absolutes: dairy farming OR clean water. It's a matter of getting the balance right between the two.