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. Check out a one page explanation of Motu in English or Spanish.
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.