Fresh Ideas for a Productive Economy - Scoop Full Coverage
"Fresh Ideas for a Productive Economy"
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July 2011 -
Legislative Chamber, NZ Parliament
Note: This page will be updated during the course of the Seminar
For twitter coverage see @althecat and #solutionsearch
Programme Run Sheet
(click names to read presenter's papers and view presentation slides - video links to be added later)
Facilitator: Finlay Macdonald
Karakia – Kura Moeahu, Kaiwhakarite
Hosts Metiria Turei MP & Grant Robertson MP
Fabians Mike Smith, Chair
9:15 - 10:30am – Issues and opportunities for New Zealand
Questions and discussion
10:30am Morning tea-- - Grand Hall
11 - 12:30pm – Towards a productive strategy
Rick Boven – New Zealand Institute
10 min presentations
Questions and discussion
12:30 – 1.30pmLunch – Grand Hall
1:30 – 3:00pm – Parliamentary Party responses
Hon David Parker – Labour
Kennedy Graham – Greens
Heather Roy - ACT
3:00 – 3:30pmAfternoon tea – Grand Hall
3:30- 4:30pm - Q+A Debate and discussion
Introduction: Colin James, Alastair Thompson
4:30pm - 5pm -
Conclusion and the Way ahead
Mike Smith – Fabian Society
5pm Drinks and Social – Labour Caucus Room
Some of New Zealand’s leading business commentators, economic analysts, innovators and entrepreneurs will be key contributors to a NZ Fabian Society seminar, Fresh Ideas for the Productive Economy – The Search for Solutions, to be staged in the Legislative Chamber of Parliament on Wednesday 27 July.
The Fabian Society has organised the seminar to provide a forum for discussion of ideas on how we as a nation can improve our productivity and our long-term economic prospects. Metiria Turei MP and Grant Robertson MP are the sponsoring MPs and all political parties have been offered the chance to speak to the topic.
confirmed from outside Parliament include:
Selwyn Pellett, of the Productive Economy Council
June McCabe, of Sustainable Prosperity & member of the Maori Economic Taskforce
Rick Boven, of the New Zealand Institute
Bernard Hickey, of interest.co.nz
Gareth Morgan, of Gareth Morgan Investments
John Walley, of the Manufacturers and Exporters Association
Geoff Bertram, of the Institute of Policy Studies
Rhema Vaithianathan, an economist from Auckland University
The seminar will be facilitated by Finlay MacDonald and is sponsored by Scoop.co.nz.
Admission to the seminar
is by invitation only. Persons wishing to receive an
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"Ten years on, New Zealand's economic performance is still not up to scratch. Much of New Zealand's export performance is still dominated by commodity exports. Fonterra's exports of safe milk powder to China have obviously helped underpin the economy in the post-global financial crisis era. But where are the big raft of high-tech and service companies that should also be spearheading New Zealand's overseas performance and providing young New Zealanders the opportunity to work from here?"
Fran O'Sullivan in the NZ Herald, Wednesday 8 June
"New Zealand has to lift the income it earns from deploying its labour and capital, or alternatively just put up with a continued slide in income relative to other countries. Choosing the latter underpins brain drain and we become little more than a retirement village for returning expats, and a low income home for the rest. Choosing the former requires a revolution in our tax, welfare and regulatory policies."
Gareth Morgan in the NZ Herald Tuesday 7 June
These two perspectives summarise the key themes for discussion and debate at the upcoming Fabian seminar in Wellington on 27th July. Presentations from well-known investors, entrepreneurs, academics and comentators will set the scene.
New Zealanders are not lazy or without ideas. New Zealand lags because much of our investment is tied up in housing and farm property, and is not productive enough. We need to improve productivity; and this means more productive investment. Price is important, so is allocation of capital which depends to some extent on policy.
Obstacles we face are skill shortages, tyranny of distance, and a volatile exchange rate. But the opportunities are immense if we focus our combined efforts. It would be really great if all political parties worked together to set out a complementary series of policies and offer a practical range of solutions to secure our economic future.