Murray Sherwin outlines the key issues in the draft report Towards Better Local Regulation.


Regulation touches almost every aspect of our lives and is vitally important in shaping the welfare of communities and the performance of the economy. The Productivity Commission has released a draft report, Towards Better Local Regulation, looking at the opportunities to improve regulatory performance in local government.


There are more than 30 policy initiatives that would extend trans-Tasman integration to the benefit of Australia and New Zealand, as the two countries prepare to mark the 30th anniversary of Closer Economic Relations (CER) in 2013.


The Commission's first Annual Report for the period April 2011 to June 2012 was released in September.


The Australian and New Zealand Productivity Commissions have identified some 20 policy initiatives to promote beneficial economic integration between the two countries.


With house prices hitting all-time highs, TVNZ's Q+A programme hosted our Chair, Murray Sherwin, and's Bernard Hickey to talk through what would create affordable housing in New Zealand - particularly in intense markets such as Auckland.


Submissions are now invited to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into local government regulation. 


The Commission reached its first birthday in April, and we are looking back on a hectic but rewarding first year. We feel we have made a promising start with two inquiries now finished and two more underway. Read our quick update on work to date and what’s coming down the line.


Productivity Commission Chair Murray Sherwin explains the key findings and recommendations from the final report looking at international freight transport services in New Zealand.


The New Zealand Productivity Commission has released its findings into international freight services and says although the sector is performing well, there is scope for improvement, which would help lift New Zealand’s living standards.