Cities Institute

Combining research, consulting and teaching, to offer new ideas and insight into New Zealand’s urban policy.

With around 9 in 10 Kiwis living in an urban area, cities are central to New Zealand life. The way we build and design our cities today is fundamental to the success of New Zealand.

At the PwC Cities Institute, we believe that a relentless focus on data, together with modern economic thinking and evidenced based policy making, is the fastest way to build cities that are inclusive, sustainable and internationally competitive.

Our latest report, Competitive Cities: A Decade of Shifting Fortunes, examines New Zealand cities from the perspective of income and cost of living. It compares six New Zealand cities (Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown) to five Australian cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide) and describes the challenges ahead.

To attract talent and fulfil our urban ambitions, New Zealand cities must do more to compete. Our report outlines recent trends in urban competitiveness and discusses options for raising the profile and trajectory of urban policy making in New Zealand.

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