About Motu

Motu means “island.”
Our research rises above
uninformed debate.

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research is New Zealand’s leading non-profit economic and public policy research institute. We are fully independent. Our reputation is based on our work not being compromised by any expressed ideology or political position.

People

People
Motu is among the top ten economic think tanks in the world due to the quality of our researchers. Read more

Supporting Motu

Supporting Motu
Making a donation to Motu is an investment in the productivity and sustainability of New Zealand, and in the well-being of our people. Read more

News

News
Motu researchers provide high quality, relevant research that often makes the news. Read more

Objectives

Objectives
Motu was established to promote well informed and reasoned debate on public policy issues relevant to decision making. Read more

Working at Motu

Working at Motu
Motu offers opportunities for experienced researchers and those just starting their careers. Read more

History

History
Motu was first dreamed up at Harvard University in the early 1990s, when a group of Kiwi graduate students discussed a vision to return to New Zealand and dedicate themselves full-time to independent public policy research. Read more

Scholarships

Scholarships
Motu currently funds two scholarships: the Motu Thesis Scholarship for students of Maori descent and the Motu Doctoral Scholarship. Read more

Contact Us

Contact Us
We are always happy to hear from people. Whether you'd like to discuss our work or meet with us to collaborate on a project, please be in touch. Read more