Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

Previous Events 2015





The most recent events are at the top:

A Fair Share?

Constructing New Zealand's post-2020 climate change target

New Zealand needs to determine its contribution to the global effort to combat climate change ahead of the Paris talks late this year. In preparation, the Government is conducting the first public consultation on climate change policy for six years. Our event will be a week after the govt's public meeting in Wellington, and a week ahead of the deadline for submissions. The discussion will help interested people explore and understand the issues -including those coming out of the consultation, and for those who want to make a submission, help them to be better placed to do so.


This event will feature an expert panel, chaired by former climate change ambassador and IGPS Senior Associate, Dr Adrian Macey. Panellists will give their perspectives, including on the government's discussion paper, then engage in a dialogue with the audience.


Read the Ministry for the Environments report of Options for New Zealand’s post-2020 Climate Change Contribution


  • Professor James Renwick – Victoria University of Wellington

  • John Carnegie - Business New Zealand

  • Suzi Kerr - Motu

  • Paul Young - Generation Zero

  • Adolf Stroombergen - Infometrics


  • Adrian Macey - Institute for Governance & Policy Studies


Exploring Social Well-Being New Zealand:

What a Regional Social Progress Index means for our country

The Social Progress Index* uses a range of measures to assess the state of a nation's well-being. The 2015 SPI saw New Zealand fall from first to fifth place. But what about within New Zealand itself? Can we assess whether or not some regions have higher degrees of well-being than others?


For the first time ever Deloitte and Victoria University have created a pilot Regional Social Progress Index. This seminar will explain and deconstruct its methodology and offer some early traits and trends from different New Zealand regions.


The Regional Social Progress Index is an innovative and potentially highly useful tool for future analysis. We hope you can join us.


Dave Farrelly - Public Sector Practice Leader, Deloitte
Susan Jacobs - Summer Scholar, Institute for Governance & Policy Studies

Linda Meade - Partner, Deloitte



Michael Macaulay - Director, Institute for Governance & Policy Studies


Public Policy in the Sea:

Spatial Planning in the Hauraki Gulf

Public policy often struggles to effectively deal with complex issues involving multiple actors and regulatory agencies. In the environmental sphere, such situations are common, particularly when it comes to marine management.


The inadequacy of New Zealand's ocean governance arrangements has been recognised for well over a decade but progress to address this has been very slow. There have been more promising developments at a regional level, the most recent being the Seachange Tai Timu Tai Paru project currently underway in the Hauraki Gulf. This marine spatial planning project is breaking new ground in an endeavour to achieve a healthier marine environment that will deliver both public and private sector benefits.


Seachange has adopted a co-governance arrangement with half the representatives on the governance body comprising manawhenua. The process is also collaborative, with the statutory agencies handing over the role of developing the plan to an independently-chaired stakeholder working group. In addition, Seachange is embracing a fully integrated catchment-to-the-sea approach, addressing sediment and nutrient issues as well as the impacts and needs of activities such as fishing, aquaculture and tourism. The spatial plan (the first to be prepared in New Zealand) is well advanced and is due to be completed by June 2015.


This seminar will describe the current approach adopted in the Seachange project, its strengths and weaknesses, and applicability to broader marine management in New Zealand. It will also touch on institutional changes that may be required for the spatial plan to achieve its promise.


Raewyn Peart has published widely on coastal and marine governance issues and is currently a member of the Seachange Stakeholder Working Group.


Raewyn Peart

Policy Director for the Environmental Defence Society


Domestic Violence in America:

A reconfigured legal response

Feminists fought hard for recognition that domestic violence was a crime and helped to conceive and build the civil and criminal justice response that now dominates the worldwide discourse on addressing domestic violence. But the decision to rely so heavily on the legal system as the primary systemic response to domestic violence in the United States has had serious unintended consequences for the men and women that come into contact with that system.


The legal system's response essentializes people subjected to abuse, utilizes overly restrictive definitions of domestic violence, inappropriately relies on separation to protect people subjected to abuse and restricts the autonomy of people subjected to abuse through the use of mandatory policies.


This talk will discuss those problems and imagine a reconfigured legal response to domestic violence.


Leigh Goodmark

Professor of Law, Francis King Carey School of Law, University of Maryland


The Family Group Conference:

Working Together

The face of the Youth Justice Family Group Conference is changing after 25 years.


The changes, which reflect a better understanding of what drives offending behaviour, are encouraging an increased focus on agencies, families and community providers working together.


This in turn is being mirrored within the Justice sector where government agencies are finding new ways to cooperate at all levels and partner with communities in the pursuit of reducing youth crime.


Chris Polaschek

Chris Polaschek is the General Manager for Youth Justice at Child, Youth and Family/MSD. This role involves leadership for Youth Justice within the Service and the sector, developing operational policy and managing a variety of key Government projects, one of which is Fresh Start, which included developing a Military Activity Centre for serious young offenders. He is currently chair of the Youth Crime Action Plan Steering Group and also has responsibility for a CYF led project on Reinvigorating Family Group Conferences.


Chris has worked with juvenile and adult offenders in a wide variety of roles over the last 25 years including as a social worker, residential manager, prison manager and National Manager Youth Justice. He is a qualified social worker and has BA in sociology from Canterbury University.

The Business of Bribery:

A Public Discussion on the Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Legislation Bill

The Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Legislation Bill is currently being examined by the Law and Order Select Committee (you can read all of the submitted evidence on the parliament website). One of the stated aims of the Bill is to update New Zealand legislation so that it will finally be able to ratify the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and other international commitments.


But does the Bill go far enough … or does it go too far? Will it have punitive effects on business or will it enable New Zealand to enact international leadership in ethics and integrity?


Come and listen to both sides of the debate, and have your say on this crucial topic.


Michael Macaulay

Associate Professor in Public Management, Executive Editor for the International Journal ofc Public Administration and Director of the IGPS


John Allen

CEO NZ Racing Board, Former CEO MFAT and NZ Post



Ian Fraser

Broadcaster, Commentator, former Commissioner General Expos 88/92, Former CEO NZSO & TVNZ


Auckland Supercity:

Facts and Fiction

Much has been said about the strengths and weaknesses of the Auckland Super-City. This seminar with Mr Doug McKay and Dr Roger Blakeley discusses the facts and fiction surrounding the evolution and achievements of the Auckland Council and the lessons to be learned by other jurisdictions such as Wellington.


Doug and Roger have been involved in all facets of Chief Executive leadership, policy, planning, implementation, business transformation and management and advice on governance issues at the Auckland Council and have much to share with other jurisdictions considering a similar super-city strategy as a pathway to better governance, a better customer experience, reduced cost of service and a more liveable city.


Doug McKay

Doug McKay was the inaugural CEO of the new Auckland Council through the transition and establishment phase 2010 to 2014. Doug joined the Council from a business career and since finishing his successful tenure at Council is now a Professional Director on boards such as Bank of New Zealand, Genesis Energy, Ryman Healthcare, IAG NZ Ltd, Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and is Chair of the Eden Park Trust. He has recently completed a report for the State Services Commission on how Auckland and Central Government can be more effective together. Doug is a passionate Aucklander with in depth knowledge of the workings of the super city.


Dr Roger Blakeley

Dr Blakeley serves as Chief Planning Officer at Auckland City Council. Roger was General Manager of the State Coal Mines at the start of the State-owned Enterprises establishment in 1984. As Secretary for the Environment, he led the conception and development of the Resource Management Act 1991, and while Chief Executive at the Department of Internal Affairs, initiated work on the Local Government Act 2002. In 2000, he was appointed Chief Executive of Porirua City Council.


The Use of Science in Difficult Political Decision-making

Sven is a PhD candidate and research assistant at the Nordrhein-Westfalen School of Governance (University of Duisburg-Essen) in Germany, where he teaches classes in Public Policy Analysis (with a focus on energy and environmental politics), Ethics and Political Management and Political Theory. He has previously studied political science and philosophy at Frankfurt University, and sociology at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. His dissertation project investigates possibilities of combining ethical reasoning and public policy analysis to improve difficult political decision making. One of the themes he has been exploring is the role and use of science in policy making.


Sven is being hosted as a visiting scholar by the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies from 9-16 April. He will previously have spent a week at Environment Canterbury working with Dr David Bromell and looking in particular at collaborative governance processes in the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.


The seminar will be informal – Sven will present for around 15 minutes to spark our discussion. Please bring your lunch, your thinking and your questions about the role and use of science (including 'big data') in policy development, and getting from 'is' to 'ought' in political decision-making.


Sven Grundmann

PhD candidate and research assistant at the Nordrhein-Westfalen School of Governance , University of Duisburg-Essen

Nuclear Weapons:

The State of Play 2015

Five years ago hopes were high that the world was at last seriously headed towards nuclear disarmament. By the end of 2012, however, as reported in the inaugural State of Play report, much of this sense of optimism had evaporated. By the end of 2014, the fading optimism had given way to pessimism.


New START was signed and ratified, but the treaty left stockpiles intact and disagreements about missile defence and conventional-arms imbalances unresolved. Nuclear weapons numbers have decreased overall but increased in Asia; nuclear-weapons programs in India, Pakistan and China have accelerated; North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests and the CTBT is yet to enter into force; and fissile material production is not yet banned. A comprehensive agreement on Iran eluded negotiators by the extended deadline of 24 November 2014 and the push for talks on a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East has stalled. Cyber-threats to nuclear weapons systems have intensified, outer space remains at risk of nuclearization, and the upsurge of geopolitical tensions over the crisis in Ukraine produced flawed conclusions about the folly of giving up nuclear weapons on the one hand, and open reminders about Russia’s substantial nuclear arsenal, on the other.


Against this sombre backdrop, Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play 2015 by Gareth Evans, Tanya Ogilvie-White and Ramesh Thakur, provides an authoritative advocacy tool for governments, organizations and individuals committed to achieving a safer and saner nuclear-weapon-free world in the lead-up to the Ninth NPT Review Conference in New York in April–May 2015


Ramesh Thakur

Former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, ICISS Commissioner, co-author of The Responsibility to Protect doctrine (2001) and Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Australian National University


LEGACY Father, Son and Nation:

Reflections on the Eichmann Trial

Amos Hausner was eleven when the Eichmann trial gripped Israel, the Jewish world and beyond. Old enough for such an event to leave an indelible mark and even more so when your father is the Attorney General and prosecutor, and key witnesses break their silence and descend upon your family home to tell their stories.


The Eichmann trial exposed genocide on a large scale. It shocked the world with the precision and the brutality and gave faces and voice to the sufferings of ordinary people. Legally it highlighted universal jurisdiction and was pivotal in the creation of the International Criminal Court. There were also legal issues of impartiality, the argument of "following orders" and the defence of  an "Act of State".


Amos Hausner followed his father into the law and carved a successful legal career in his own right creating precedents inconstitutional, criminal, civil and administrative law.


He continues to take the messages of the Eichmann trial around the world. Now on holiday in New Zealand, he has kindly agreed to address audiences on the Eichmann trial and other pressing issues.


Amos Hausner

Former Supreme Court Judge and Attorney General of the World Zionist Organisation, Current Board Member of the Massuah Institute for the study of the Holocaust and former member on Jerusalem's Hebrew University Disciplinary Tribunal


Involving Patients and the Public:

Decision-making in health and social care in the UK

Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) has become an increasingly popular concept in health systems around the world.  In the UK, at least, it remains, however, a somewhat nebulous term that has attracted both supporters and critics. 


Gary Hickey has led numerous PPI initiatives and would like to share some of his experiences and views on what works and what doesn’t: from the commissioning process, all the way through the engagement cycle. 


Gary will identify which mechanisms have been most successful for patient involvement, as well as the distinctions needed to look at individual and collective needs. 


Gary Hickey

PPI Lead (Research and Education) for the Centre for Public Engagement, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University and St George's University of London


2015 Sir Frank Holmes Memorial Lecture in Policy Studies

Global Development in the Twenty-first Century

The 2015 Sir Frank Holmes Fellow is Professor Ross Garnaut, Distinguished Professor of Economics, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University.


The twenty-first century began with several years of the most broadly based strong economic growth that the world has seen. Since the Great Crash of 2008, strong growth has been concentrated mainly in the successful developing countries.


The developed countries have experienced low productivity growth and stagnant living standards and the "bottom billion", now including Papua New Guinea and Australia's and New Zealand's neighbours in the Southwest Pacific, wallow in a Malthusian Trap.


With climate change presenting increasing headwinds, where will this century take us in global development?


Professor Ross Garnaut

Professorial Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne


Lima: Insights from the Inside

How did December 2014's Climate Change Conference affect the prospects for a new agreement in Paris and what does it mean for New Zealand?

The Lima Climate Change Conference was held in December last year and was a crucial event in terms of keeping track towards the new agreements in Paris at the end of 2015


IGPS is delighted to present a seminar on this eventful meeting, which will explore key questions for the climate change agenda. What are the prospects for a new agreement in Paris? What does the future hold for New Zealand, both immediately and in the long term?


We welcome New Zealand's climate change ambassador, Jo Tyndall, along with other participants from the conference to share their views and perspectives on the conference, along with ideas on where New Zealand and the rest of the world moves from here .


Jo Tyndall

New Zealand Climate Change Ambassador


Women as Leaders:

Negotiating the Labyrinth

In many nations, women have gained considerable access to leadership roles and are increasingly praised for having excellent skills as leaders. Yet, women have remained underrepresented in leadership roles, especially at higher levels in organizations and governments.


Because the reasons for this phenomenon are complex, women's paths to leadership can be described as forming a labyrinth that contains varied impediments. These impediments include stereotypes that leadership requires the culturally masculine qualities of assertiveness and dominance.


This image makes it more difficult for women than men to show that they are qualified to lead and produces conflicting demands that women leaders have to negotiate.


Professor Alice Eagly

Professor of Psychology, James Padilla Chair of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Management and Organisations, and Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research, Northwest University

China's New Model of Economic Growth

China's economic growth in the reform era since 1978 has been through a number of phases, beginning with market liberalisation and higher prices in the rural economy. From 2000 until 2011, there was uninhibited investment expansion. Driven by the highest investment share of GDP in any economy on a sustained basis, it saw the highest sustained rate of growth of output ever in a significant economy. Growth was exceptionally energy-intensive and metals intensive and drove the global resources boom.


The early twenty first century growth elevated China to the world's largest trading economy and second largest economy. It also increased inequality in income distribution and placed great pressure on the global and local environment. A new model of economic growth since 2011 is delivering more moderate and less energy- and metals-intensive growth, starting to reduce inequality and moving to reduce local environmental pressures as well as China's contribution to risks of global climate instability. That has brought the global resources boom to a painful end. China remains a growing market for many goods and services, including high value foodstuffs and internationally tradeable services.


This lecture examines the evolution of China's model of economic growth and assesses progress on the new model.


Professor Ross Garnaut

Professorial Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne



*Please note the sound for this Public Lecture is missing for the first minute due to technical error

Should Wellington become a Super City?

A breakfast seminar hosted by the CAGTR and IGPS

The Local Government Commission has presented its draft proposal for one council for the whole of the Wellington region (with eight Local Boards). The proposal for amalgamation is available here and submissions to the Commission close on 2 March 2015.


At this seminar Graham Sansom will present the background and key issues relevant to the proposal, while John Shewan will present the case for the proposal and Philip Barry the case against. The presentations will be followed by opportunity for discussion.


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