Economic analyst / Graduate analyst

Te Waihanga is small (but mighty) and haven’t been around long by government standards. But our job is as big as it gets, helping New Zealand get the right infrastructure, whether it’s transport connections that get us from a to b, water and power connections needed to support affordable homes, or schools and hospitals that support our communities. 

In recent months we’ve launched New Zealand’s first infrastructure strategy which sets a direction for decades to come, as well as ground-breaking research into the roots of the housing crisis and the efficiency of our infrastructure sector, recommendations for our health infrastructure as well as maintaining a pipeline that provides insight into New Zealand’s planned infrastructure projects.

We need your help to build on this good work.

We’re after someone to assist Te Waihanga to prepare strategic economic advice and analysis and insight into current and future factors influencing the infrastructure sector. The role reports to the Director of Economics and will be expected to collaborate with the wider Strategy team and others throughout the organisation.

Key responsibilities in the role include:

  • Supporting our function of providing robust analysis and research on infrastructure issues
  • Assisting to develop advice on the potential impacts of investments, policies, and regulatory settings on economic outcomes
  • Operating effectively as part of a team and contributing to a positive organisational culture
  • Planning, organising and managing activities and outputs

To do this, you need a tertiary qualification in economics, or public policy or other related disciplines. It’s desirable that you have post-graduate qualification in economics or related discipline, relevant to infrastructure.

Key skills we are seeking for this role include:

  • Critical thinking and ability to apply economic frameworks to assess investments and policies
  • Basic qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • Statistical or econometric analysis, ideally including some experience with statistical analysis software
  • Clear verbal and written communication

In this role you will also need to demonstrate a willingness to engage with Te Ao Māori perspectives and frameworks.

Mō te tīma / About our team

Te Waihanga is what’s called an Autonomous Crown Entity. We think about the whole infrastructure system - roads, waterpipes, powerlines, you name it – and our job is to give advice and uncover the insights that can make it all work as well as it can, supporting an Aotearoa that’s great for the generations to come.  

Our people are smart and passionate about this stuff.  They’re friendly and, this being a relatively small organisation, it’s easy to work with anyone here and to have an impact. We don’t do hierarchy or stand on ceremony.  

We also value our people, and it’s important to us that you feel welcome, supported, and respected.

Tono mai / How to Apply

Please take a look at the job description and get in touch. We’d like to hear from you.

To apply for this role, please visit or email

Applications close on 29 June 2022.

Te Waihanga supports the NZ Government Covid vaccination programme and requires that new employees are fully vaccinated (except for those who we accept have a genuine medical reason preventing vaccination).  To be considered for this position you must have a legal right to live and work in New Zealand.

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