The view from the outside

David Skilling is an economic analyst/observer/commentator on small economies. I’ve spent a lot of time talking to him over the years and highly rate his work.

In August he wrote three opinion pieces for Jarden investment. These were also published in The Herald. Each of them is worth your attention, with the summary coming in the closing paragraph of the final article (the highlight is mine):

The scale of these structural changes means that a deliberate strategic response is required. New Zealand’s economic policy response to Covid-19 needs to move beyond near-term support measures and focus on positioning New Zealand to perform in a very different post-Covid world. And we should also take the opportunity to address the persistent weaknesses in the New Zealand economy. A longer-term strategic focus is needed to ensure that New Zealand builds back stronger and better.