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Voices from tertiary education: What does the Productivity Commission’s report mean for the future?
A public forum featuring:Alistair Shaw (NZUSA), Brian Easton (economist), Dave Guerin (Editor, Ed Directions), Gus Gilmore (Chief executive, MIT), Julienne Molineaux (The Policy Observatory), Sandra Grey (TEU), and Shaun Hendy (University of Auckland).On Thursday 11th May The Policy Observatory hosted a panel discussion on the Productivity Commission’s report into tertiary education. The Productivity Commission’s report read more
Conversations about the economic future of New Zealand
In July and August The Policy Observatory will host a series of conversations about the future of the New Zealand economy. Chaired by Rod Oram, each event covers a different topic: the future of trade in a world with the re-emergence of nationalist populism and where voters are sceptical of big trade deals; the balance read more