Provincial growth fund no panacea to rural-urban divide: Infometrics

Provincial growth fund no panacea to rural-urban divide: Infometrics
Paul McBeth
By Paul McBeth June 11 (BusinessDesk) - Economic consultancy Infometrics doesn't see the provincial growth fund as the best vehicle to dealing with New Zealand's persistent rural-urban divide.  Urban centres rated significantly higher than rural areas in seven of nine well-being categories used by Infometrics in its 'Regional Well-being' report, due largely to a greater mix of skilled employment options, white-collar work, higher pay, and lower crime rates. The provinces outperformed in housing and civic engagement categories, where prope...

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