Flashback Saturday – Location Affordability in New Zealand cities

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Peter was originally published in July 2014. Several weeks ago I attended the annual New Zealand Association of Economists conference in Auckland. Geoff Cooper, Auckland Council’s Chief Economist, had organised several sessions on urban issues, and as a result there was a lot of excellent discussion of urban issues and Auckland’s housing market.…
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Flashback Saturday: What if a technology revolution happened and nobody noticed?

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Peter was originally published in November 2014. A new NZIER research report, entitled “Disruption on the road ahead! How auto technology will change much more than just our commute to work“, makes the case that new technologies will upend urban transport systems: Near autonomous cars followed by driverless vehicles (smart cars) will transform our commute to work and much more over the next two decades.…
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Flashback Saturday: Is New Zealand getting public transport right?

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post, by Peter, was originally published in December 2014. Increasingly, the answer is yes – although we certainly can’t rest on our laurels yet. Read on if you want to know how and why… I recently read Paul Mees’ excellent book Transport for Suburbia, which argues that high-quality, useful public transport services can be provided even in the low to medium density cities of Australia and New Zealand.…
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