Regional development is economic development within a defined geographic (or other) area. Like economic development, it requires you to know where you want to be, or what you want to achieve.

Often it involves understanding where you currently are, your resources and areas of comparative advantage, and the environment that you are operating in.

BERL has detailed regional datasets that can identify what is happening in your regional economy – past and present. We can even provide scenarios on how your regional economy might look at some point in the future.

Applying frameworks that incorporate latest thinking and approaches, we can work with you to achieve your regional development objectives.

If you wish to find out more, we are more than happy to talk to you.

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Economic benefits of Mountain Biking for Nelson

Wednesday March 21, 2018
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Nelson has seen a steady increase in mountain biking participation from both residents and visitors. The Nelson Council commissioned BERL to undertake research in order to better understand the benefits the activity can bring to the community.

You don’t have to be a petrol head to be an economist

Tuesday February 13, 2018 Fiona Stokes
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Unashamedly I admit I love cars. I love driving cars, I love watching motorsport and I’m doing my best to encourage my 10 year old nephew to appreciate this love affair. The opportunity to spend the weekend watching V8 utes race along with Porsches and F1s is why I head to Mighty Manfeild for events like the New Zealand Prix, and who wouldn’t when you can see the whole of circuit Chris Amon from any seat. But I’m not the only one and this is where my interest in motorsports and economics starts to become more apparent.

Population projections are what they aren’t

Wednesday October 10, 2012 Jason Leung-Wai

SNZ has released its latest population projections, which sees pockets of growth in Auckland, Tauranga, Selwyn and Queenstown. The rest of the country has tepid growth, while the Central North Island sees population decline. The question has been asked, “Is this a realistic projection?”

Buller tops BERL Regional Rankings in 2011

Friday March 30, 2012

The BERL regional rankings compare the performance of individual local authorities, regions and cities across four short term, four medium term, and one long term indicator of economic activity. The indicators used are population, employment, GDP and businesses (for the latest year and the five year average), and a Relative Openness Index (which measures the composition of industry within the region).