Wellington Seminar

The Next Wellington Seminar


LEANZ and Russell McVeagh are pleased to invite you to a light lunch and the seminar:

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


Speakers: Dave Heatley and Dr Martin Lally

Date: Thursday 17 December

Venue: Russell McVeagh, level 24, NTT Tower, 157 Lambton Quay, Wellington

Notice for attendees with accessibility needs: there is a set of stairs to get to the boardroom; the internal lift is out of action.

Time: Light lunch from 12:00 pm for a 12:30 pm seminar start, with an opportunity for further refreshments until 14:00 pm following the conclusion of the discussion and question time at 13:30 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 30 minutes. Dr Martin Lally will then provide a comment for 15 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.

Dr Martin Lally is Director of Capital Financial Consultants, which undertakes financial consulting work for a range of public and private sector clients in New Zealand and Australia, most particularly to regulatory bodies on the cost of capital for regulated businesses.



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]


Seminar after next:

RMA reform

Speakers: selected RMA review panel members

Date: February 2021