Covid-19 Pandemic

The Covid-19 Pandemic has significant direct and long term implications for New Zealand’s society and economy. As a highly contagious and deadly virus, it has major implications for public health, and policy-making to avoid and deal with its effects. The Government’s strategies, under the Alert Level structure, directly affect business activity and the performance of the economy. These effects will undoubtedly vary, over time and between different parts of the country, as the nation seeks the appropriate balance of public health and economy performance outcomes. The implications for international tourism and economies which depend on visitor spending will not be fully understood for some time. M.E is carrying out research into those economy and community matters, including national and district-level analysis of impacts and medium and longer term prospects, and likely community responses to the new “post-Pandemic” living environment.

Urban and Housing Policy

M.E has ongoing involvement in key aspects of New Zealand’s urban policy and housing policy. Our research covers urban and rural land markets, the urban-rural interface, housing prices, and the inter-relationships among population growth, migration, property ownership, macro-economic trends and the statutory planning framework. 

We have particular interest in national policy directions - the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity (2016), the Urban Growth Agenda (2018), Housing and Urban Development, the Government’s most recent initiative Making Room for Growth, and KiwiBuild

We have a number of concerns about the economic rationale for current urban policy, especially the repeated assertion of a “broken” land market requiring major changes to “fix” it and bring down the price of housing. For further detail, click here.

Commercial Development
Commercial Development

M.E has a detailed understanding of the expected future growth of commercial activity (industrial, office and retail). By combining our comprehensive datasets, interactive modelling and GIS capabilities, our expertise helps guide future development and planning and provides a sound basis for investment decisions.

Housing Development

M.E works with a diverse range of clients on housing sector issues.  Our services cover housing needs and preferences, affordable housing, integrated social housing developments, Special Housing Areas (Auckland), residential land capacity assessments, dwelling projections, the economics of residential development and development financial models.

Local and Regional Government
Local and Regional Government

We work closely with local and regional government agencies on a range of policy issues including economic development, sector opportunities, rates, development contributions, retail issues, growth and urban form strategies and the economic implications of policies and bylaws.

Central Government
Central Government

Whether it’s assessing the economic impact of national events, understanding the demand for skill and labour, or analysing New Zealand’s competitive advantage, M.E undertakes a wide range of work for central government clients covering the breadth of our services.

Environment
Environment

M.E has specialist skills in the assessment of the economy-environment interface. Our work, which is frequently published and applied at national, regional and local government levels includes internationally cutting edge research and advice relating to ecological economics, natural resources, climate change, hazards/disasters and regulation.

Economic Sectors
Economic Sectors

At M.E we frequently apply our skills and resources to undertake sector specific studies for industry bodies, local authorities and private sector clients seeking to understand and maximize growth and development or test the effectiveness of regulation. Examples include research in the marine, dairy, aquaculture, airport, construction, gaming machine, education and seafood sectors.

Transport and Infrastructure
Transport and Infrastructure

M.E provides expertise to a range of private and government clients (including port and airport companies) in the fields of transportation and infrastructure research, policy and planning. Well suited to our ‘spatial’ perspective, our work in this sector spans infrastructure and transport economics, freight flows modelling, feasibility, economic impacts, cost-benefit analysis, pricing and funding advice.

Tourism and Leisure
Tourism and Leisure

We have a depth of experience in the tourism sector, with particular expertise in the cruise ship and major events space, tourism forecasts and tourism sector studies. M.E applies new and innovative data sources and techniques to help understand visitor travel and spending patterns in robust and cost effective ways.