Seminar on Wages, Wellbeing & Location

You are warmly invited to a free seminar with speaker Arthur Grimes. Location location location! But what are the important attributes of places for people’s decisions of where to live; and what does this tell us about what features local policy-makers should emphasise in their development and planning decisions?

Date: Wednesday 31 May,
Venue: Adam Auditorium, ground floor, City Gallery, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington,
Time: 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm

Arthur Grimes
Wages, Wellbeing & Location

What are the important features we take into account when we choose a place to live? In this seminar Arthur presents an analysis of what these winning attributes are and while this analysis uses Australian data, we can expect similar issues to be at the core of New Zealanders’ decisions of where they choose to live, work and play.The analysis has implications for whether the “four wellbeings” that were at the heart of the Local Government Act 2002 (and which were removed from the Act in 2012) should have been retained.


Arthur Grimes is a Senior Fellow at Motu Research, an Adjunct Professor of Economics at Victoria University of Wellington, Board Member of the Financial Markets Authority, and chairs the Hugo Group. He was Reserve Bank of New Zealand Chair from 2003–2013. Prior to his time at Motu, Arthur was Director of the Institute of Policy Studies (Victoria University of Wellington), Chief Executive of Southpac, and Chief Economist at both the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the National Bank of New Zealand. In 2005, Arthur was awarded the NZIER Economics Award recognising excellence in economics related to New Zealand’s economic welfare. His current research centres on urban economics, the economics of wellbeing, and aspects of central banking (including exchange rates and currency union).

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Free. All welcome