Vhari McWha


P: +64 4 915 7590

E: vmcwha@thinkSapere.com

Vhari is an experienced economist and advises on public policy and regulation, including developing pricing methodologies for natural monopolies. She has extensive skills in quantitative analysis, including cost benefit, modelling and forecasting work. She has advised on a wide range of complex issues across the New Zealand economy and has particular experience in the energy sector.

Vhari holds a Master of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Canterbury and is a member of LEANZ, the Law and Economics Association of NZ.

My publications

Sapere was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment to evaluate the New Zealand Screen Production Grant (NZSPG) for domestic and international productions. We assessed the economic and cultural impacts of the NZSPG, and its role in the development of the industry. Our report covers two categories of benefits: Direct benefits are those ...

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Vhari McWha and Kieran Murray were commissioned by the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner (EGCC) to advise on possible strategic responses to increased bundling of electricity and gas with other services, and changes in consumer expectations about Consumer Dispute Resolution (CDR) services. In order to effectively influence the policy debate, we developed some measures of ...

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Sapere Principals Vhari McWha and Joanna Smith, and Managing Director Kieran Murray, were commissioned by the New Zealand Treasury to provide an independent evaluation of the quality of Regulatory Impact Statements (RISs) and the accompanying Independent Quality Assurance statements for a sample of 50 RISs selected by Treasury. The purpose of this evaluation was to ...

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When the economy was wound down in late March by the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, policy was rapidly made to protect businesses and jobs. As we move into a new phase of the pandemic response, in terms of what business can operate and what civil interaction is permitted, what should the government’s policy ...

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