Wellington Seminar

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The Law and Economics Association of New Zealand (LEANZ) and Russell McVeagh invite you to an evening Wellington seminar by Dave Heatley of the Productivity Commission, on the policy trade-offs that could inform the approach to the Covid pandemic through 2021.

Halfway there? Covid policy trade-offs to inform NZ’s approach in 2021


Speakers: Dave Heatley

Date: Thursday 26 November

Venue: Russell McVeagh, level 24, Dimension Data House, 157 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6143

Time:5:30 pm for light refreshments for a 6:00 pm seminar start, with an opportunity for further refreshments until 7:30 pm following the conclusion of the discussion and question time at 7:00 pm.

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About the Topic:

Governments around the world are grappling with the question of how tightly to manage the spread of Covid-19 while sustaining economies and preserving public licence for ongoing or renewed containment measures.

Apparent short-term trade-offs between saving lives and sacrificing the economy give way to the possibility of longer-term trade-offs between saving lives from the virus and the wider health and wellbeing impacts of worsening economies. Likewise, as containment measures such as quarantining, contact tracing and physical distancing lower transmission rates, and improved treatments lead to reduced mortality, the trade-offs at the early stages of the pandemic differ to from those confronted now.

In this seminar Dave Heatley offers perspectives on these trade-offs – whether apparent or real – from economics, and how they might inform ongoing policy. He will present for 40-45 minutes, followed by Q&A.


About the Speakers:

Dave Heatley, a principal advisor at the New Zealand Productivity Commission, started applying an economic lens to New Zealand’s Covid-19 response pandemic in March. He writes for the Commission’s Pandemic–economics blog and would appear to be the only New Zealand public servant to have produced a cost–benefit analysis of Covid policy. Dave has worked on the Commission’s inquiry teams since its inception in 2011. He was an IT entrepreneur in a previous career.



Lawyers may note that if this webinar topic is part of your learning objectives in your CPDPR, then attendance at this event can count for one hour of your 10 CPD hours. Details of how to confirm your attendance will be announced during the webinar.


Queries about the event can be directed to:

Diego Villalobos, [email protected]