The NZCTU believes that by working together we can build a better economy for New Zealand.

This report sets out our goals for that kind of that economy - one that is more productive, more sustainable, and more inclusive. One that recognises the role of tangata whenua as leaders, decision makers, landowners, workers and business owners. New Zealand is already the best country in which to be in business according to the World Bank. The CTU also wants to create an economy in which this is the best country in the world to be a worker and kaimahi.

We have produced some recommendations, but its time to hear from you.

Time to hear how the economy is impacting your wellbeing and your communities. Time to hear how we can improve both — together.

Over the coming months, the CTU will be travelling the country listening to communities, talking with experts, and discovering what a positive economic development strategy for New Zealand should look like.

This is the start of a conversation, not the end.

Download the PDF here.

What's inside?

We outline 5 major missions, discuss the challenges, and propose solutions.



Our Proposal for Engagement with Aotearoa New Zealand

Building a Better Future

The Challenge Facing the New Zealand Economy


Mission: Economic Equity

Mission: Delivering Adequate Housing and Our Infrastructure Needs for the 21st Century

Mission:  A Just Transition Towards Climate Mitigation and Resilience

Mission: Decent Work and Greater Work/Life Balance

Mission: Enabling the Enduring Wellbeing of New Zealanders