In 2013, all of the top 8 towns for firms (and hence work opportunities) were in or around the three big cities: Auckland
(Auckland, Waiuku, Te Kauwhata, Pukekohe), Wellington (Wellington, Kapiti) and Christchurch (Rolleston, Lincoln).
Photo: Motu Economic and Public Policy Research
New research reveals what makes our towns and cities good places to live and do business - but we can't always have both.
Kathryn Ryan talks to Motu Economic and Public Policy Research 's Arthur Grimes.