Mākere Hurst

Senior Consultant
Wellington Office

An experienced economist who focuses on the intersections of economics, public policy and sustainability, Mākere brings a keen focus on the practical implications of her work

Mākere has advised across local government, central government and the private sector, in both New Zealand and Australia. She approaches her analysis through applying economic theory and quantitative modelling, and is adept at taking complex results and making them accessible to audiences at all levels.

Mākere has worked in various economic policy roles across the government sector, including the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the New Zealand Treasury. Her work focused on macroeconomic and fiscal policy, including regional economic development and the government’s Transition to a Low Emissions Economy.

Mākere is of Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent.

Examples of Mākere's work:

  • Forrest Wastewater Investigation Economic Analysis (Barwon Water) – Mākere developed a full business case, including a cost benefit analysis, and a funding option model to support this investigation, which involves an innovative wastewater solution for the Forrest township in rural Victoria in Australia.

  • Socio-Economic Values Tool (Melbourne Water) – She developed a socio-economic values database and tool, relevant to the economic evaluation of Integrated Water Management and other water-cycle investments by Melbourne Water and its collaborators.

  • Overlapping Generation Model (OLG) of Australian Government Debt in a Low Interest Rate Environment (Monash University) – Mākere developed an OLG model to examine changes to social welfare as a result of an increase in Australia’s public debt. The model estimated the long-run implications of debt given risky rates, safe rates, and GDP growth rates as inputs.

  • National Service Level Standards Framework for Roads (Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities Australian Commonwealth Government) – She developed a nationally consistent Service Level Standards prototype for Roads for Australia. This included nationwide spatial mapping of roads, and applying different service level types based on a variety of service level measurements.

  • Drought Programs Evaluation (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland) – Mākere’s evaluation of Queensland’s drought assistance programs included assessing their efficiency and effectiveness against the principles of National Drought Policy Reform.


Mākere has a BCom in Economics and a BA in French from Victoria University of Wellington, and a Master of Economics from Monash University in Melbourne.