NZIER’s Auckland office open and ready for ‘uglies’

10 March 2015

New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (Inc)
Media release, 10 March 2015
For immediate release

Prime Minister, the Right Honourable John Key formally opened the Auckland office of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) on 5 March 2015.

The Prime Minister spoke about the importance of contestable advice in policy making. He believed New Zealand was on the cusp of something special, and that organisations like NZIER can play a key role in realising that vision.     

Laurence Kubiak, NZIER’s Chief Executive, said “The opening of NZIER’s Auckland office is an important step in our organisation’s proud 56-year history. Our Auckland clients will now have better access to NZIER’s stable of over 20 expert business economists”.
“This is crucial at a time when these clients are facing increasingly complex challenges – or ‘uglies’ as we like to call them – when making decisions. We are confident that our brand of independent, impartial and rigorous analysis will help Auckland organisations make better decisions and deliver greater prosperity”, Kubiak noted.

Aaron Drew, Head of NZIER’s Auckland office, said that NZIER had come to Auckland so that it could better support Auckland’s world-class city ambitions. “Auckland’s ongoing economic success is vital for New Zealand’s wider ambitions to boost living standards. Our advice delivers confidence to decision-makers, and  provides pragmatic answers to the ugly questions that need to be addressed in order to unleash growth and opportunities”, he said.   

Michael Walls, Chair of NZIER added that “NZIER has always focused on undertaking independent economic analysis and encouraging debate on economic issues affecting New Zealand society. Recent examples include our ongoing commentary on housing and infrastructure funding issues in Auckland, the risk of ‘Zombie Towns’ emerging across regional New Zealand and work on the economic and social costs of obesity”.
“NZIER’s shift into the Auckland market will further cement our role as the pre-eminent voice in New Zealand’s economic community”, Walls added.


For further information please contact:
Laurence Kubiak
021 613 178
Laurence.kubiak@nzier.org.nz

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