About Motu

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

Motu (named after Taputeranga: the island in Island Bay, Wellington) is New Zealand’s leading economic research institute. It is in the top ten global economic think tanks and top ten climate think tanks. Motu is independent and never advocates an expressed ideology or political position. A not-for-profit and charitable trust, Motu is founded on the belief that sound public policy depends on rigorous research accompanied by well-informed and reasoned debate.

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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

Capacity Building

One of Motu’s founding motivations is capacity building. We remain committed to improving the quality of economic research. 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

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