Big Issues in Business

Massey Business School experts take the latest research and examine how it can help you solve the big issues your business faces. Our experts and guest speakers share their experience and knowledge in an series of free events where you can join the discussion around the topical issues we’re confronted with in business today.


Housing Affordability – opportunities in the rental market

What makes for an affordable housing solution in New Zealand? For many years, the New Zealand ideal has been owning a house on a quarter acre section. If that wasn’t possible, families rented a state house or rented in the private market. However, with the increase in private ownership of rental properties and the government’s policy of decreasing its quota of state houses, things have changed. New opportunities and threats are emerging from this new rental space.

Professor Graham Squires, Head of Property Group, Massey Business School

Graham has lectured at several UK Universities. He was the recipient of a Fulbright US – UK Visiting Scholarship Program at the University of California Berkeley, and at Delft University, The Netherlands. He is the author of Urban and Environmental Economics, Co-editor of International Approaches to Real Estate Development, and the Companion to Real Estate Development. Currently a board member of the Pacific Rim Real Estate Society (PRRES) and on the board of the Property Management Journal (PMJ) and the Journal of Property Investment and Finance (JPIF).

Senior Tutor David White, School of Economics and Finance, Massey Business School

David has taught on the Real Estate and Property course for 15 years on a contract and part time basis. He is an experienced property practitioner with 30 years in both the private and public sectors, and maintains an ongoing role as a consultant in the private sector. He is presently undertaking a PhD in property, with a focus on housing.

Dates and venues


September 11, 5.30pm – 7.30 pm

MBS 2.15, Massey Business School Gate 1, Lucas Creek Cres, Albany (Direction and Campus map)


September 12, 5.30pm – 7.30 pm

ANZ Centre Level 18, 171 Featherston Street (Direction here)

Palmerston North

September 13, 3.30 pm – 5.30pm

The Factory 21 Dairy Farm Road (Direction here)


New Zealand currency

Shared Prosperity Index

The Government is committed to putting people’s wellbeing at the heart of its policies, including reporting against a wider set of wellbeing indicators. The broader set of indicators aim to show a more rounded measure of success, recognising that a country’s prosperity needs to be shared in order to allow for growth and social mobility, but also to maximise the innovative potential of the economy. Currently we don’t have a measure for shared prosperity, or a consensus on what this actually means. These talks outlined the latest research from Massey Business School on a Shared Prosperity Index – identifying the dimensions that form the basis of how a society fairly shares its prosperity, and how reducing barriers to opportunity can be a key factor in enhancing economic growth.

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