Economic Development


We are all interested in economic development. What is it? How do we do it? How do we know that we have been successful in achieving it?

Economic development is broader that increasing GDP per Capita and encompasses the improvement of life or wellbeing. 

At BERL, economic development is a journey to reach a defined outcome. BERL has the experience and the understanding to help you identify your economic development outcomes, develop a strategic process, and then monitor your progress.

If you wish to find out more, we are more than happy to talk to you.

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Population projections are what they aren’t

Wednesday October 10, 2012 Jason Leung-Wai

SNZ has released its latest population projections, which sees pockets of growth in Auckland, Tauranga, Selwyn and Queenstown. The rest of the country has tepid growth, while the Central North Island sees population decline. The question has been asked, “Is this a realistic projection?”

Buller tops BERL Regional Rankings in 2011

Friday March 30, 2012 Jason Leung-Wai

The BERL regional rankings compare the performance of individual local authorities, regions and cities across four short term, four medium term, and one long term indicator of economic activity. The indicators used are population, employment, GDP and businesses (for the latest year and the five year average), and a Relative Openness Index (which measures the composition of industry within the region).

The Maori Economy - A sleeping giant about to awaken?

Wednesday December 22, 2010

Today the Maori economy is an integral part of the New Zealand economy and spans several industries. The BERL model of the Maori economy has identified 16 key industries. However traditionally, conversations about the Maori economy are focussed around the 3 F’s – namely Fisheries, Forestry and Farming.