Peter Fraser

Peter was born and raised in Wellington (the Hutt Valley) and joined the IPGS in September 2019.

Prior to joining the institute, Peter has worked as a public servant in economics and policy related roles in a range of government agencies (including the Treasury, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry [now MPI], the Department of Building and Housing, the Department of Labour [both now MBIE], and EQC); and, as a private consultant, has advised clients ranging from corporates to NGOs in areas such as competition policy in the dairy industry and the economics of water storage.

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Peter has provided expert economic advice to Environment Commissioners and the Environment Court; and provided economic analysis to the Waitangi Tribunal as part of the Mokai Patea Claim.

Peter is a commissioned officer in the NZ Army Reserve and undertook an operational tour to Bosnia-Herzegovina where he was attached to a NATO divisional headquarters.

Peter is also something of a living embodiment of flexible labour markets: in that he has established a specialist surface preparation business (so can sometimes be found on building sites or roads).

Peter’s iwi affiliations are to Ngāti Hauiti ki Rangītikei though he has whakapapa links to Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kahungunu, and Ngāpuhi.


  • BA, Massey
  • BCA, Victoria University of Wellington
  • MCA, Victoria University of Wellington

Research Interests

  • Production and agricultural economics
  • Productivity growth
  • NZ Economic history
  • Economic development
  • Māori economic development.