Tumultuous Times: National economics forum to ask the big questions

23 February 2021

Hon Grant Robertson
Deputy Prime Minister Hon Grant Robertson, Minister of Finance, will present a keynote address as part of the conference.

The University of Waikato is set to host a national economics conference in person and via livestream on 3 and 4 March to ask the big questions about the future of New Zealand’s economy.

This event will proceed on 3- 4 March both in person at Waikato University and via live video stream for Auckland attendees. See below for information on how this event will be managed under Alert Level 2 restrictions.

The 2021 New Zealand Economics Forum, Economics for Tumultuous Times: Finding the right policy mix in the post-Covid world, will provide a platform for economists, policymakers and industry leaders to discuss the major challenges facing our economy, including the long-term impacts of the global pandemic.

The two-day conference is the first convened specifically around the economic implications of Covid-19.

“The forum comes at a pivotal time, as we weigh up the long-term effects of our Covid-19 response with other challenges facing our economy including climate change and the housing shortage,” says Professor Neil Quigley, University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor.

Deputy Prime Minister Hon Grant Robertson, Minister of Finance, will present a keynote address sharing his views on using fiscal, monetary and micro-economic policy to build a thriving economy for New Zealand.

Other keynote speakers include Adrian Orr, Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand - Te Pūtea Matua, and Vittoria Shortt, CEO of ASB Bank, who will share their thoughts on the future of monetary policy and banking for a strong New Zealand post-Covid.

The conference programme explores timely issues including the economic challenges presented by the Climate Commission’s 2021 Draft Report, the interdependence of fiscal and monetary policy and whether inflation will return after the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We’ve seen unprecedented investment and policy responses to keep our economy afloat through Covid-19. A big question being asked by Kiwis now is how do we deal with the resulting imbalances and land in a strong, sustainable position for the future,” says Professor Quigley.

“Our aim with the forum is to enhance public conversation around economic policy in New Zealand and debate priorities and pathways for the decade ahead.”

Covid-19 Alert Level 2

  • To accommodate Level 3 restrictions, Auckland-based speakers will present via Zoom. The event will also now be livestreamed to ensure the widest possible participation. Other speakers will present at the University of Waikato’s Hamilton campus.
  • The University has confirmed it will meet all Level 2 requirements including reducing the numbers physically attending the conference to less than 100 and meeting physical distancing requirements.

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