If we rank our regions internationally, Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury are comparable to France, Finland and Saudi Arabia respectively. But the smaller regions look like Timor-Leste (Northland), Greece (Manawatu-Whanganui and Gisborne) or other emerging economies such as Cyprus and the Seychelles.
The gaps between New Zealand’s regions are increasing. Many local economies are stagnating, some are faced with grave decline and just a select few are advancing. Deep-seated economic forces are driving these tectonic-like shifts. High-profile economist Shamubeel Eaqub uncovers these forces and what they mean for the changing economic fortunes of our regions, and the future of New Zealand..
About Shamubeel Eaqub
Shamubeel Eaqub is the principal economist at NZIER, a private economic consultancy firm. He advises senior leaders in the private and public sectors. Expert knowledge and evidence based contrarian views make him a valuable advisor.
Shamubeel is also an author, media commentator and a thought leading public speaker.
He has over a decade of experience as an economist in Wellington, Melbourne and Auckland in leading international banks and consultancy.
Shamubeel lives in Auckland with his wife. He grew up in Canterbury and holds a BCOM with Honours in Economics from Lincoln University.