Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

Upcoming Events

 

SEPTEMBER

2 September:

Privacy and Big Data

10 September:

Climate Change

19 September:

Rural Ageing

25 September:

Community Governance Workshop

26 September:

Piketty's Capital in the 21st century

 

OCTOBER

17 October:

When Collaboration Goes Wrong

20 October:

Wild Dreams and Realistic Visions

24 October:

Small Island Economies

29 October:

World Bank

 

NOVEMBER

14 November:

Transport, Climate and Health

Note: To view the public lectures given earlier on in 2014; many with lecture reviews, power point slides and video recordings, see here.

SEPTEMBER

Tuesday 2 September

iMSD Evidence Workshop:

Privacy and Big Data

Government is increasingly using large administrative data sets for both research and service delivery. The increasingly sophisticated use of this 'big data' has many potential benefits for citizens as both consumers and funders of government services. However running alongside these benefits are potential risks to individual privacy from the aggregation and re-use of information.

 

The Privacy Act can have implications for the way aggregated data and personally identifiable data is used for research and service delivery. Particular challenges arise in certain contexts, such as predictive risk modelling. Getting privacy right is not something to be balanced against these benefits. It is instead a condition that will enable these new analytical and service delivery capabilities to be sustainable. The public needs to be able to trust that Government agencies will use their increasingly large collections of personal information responsibly.

Speaker
John Edwards

Privacy Commissioner

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Date: Tuesday 2 September
Venue: Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Bowen State Building Ministry of Social Development
Time: 12.00pm - 1.00pm

PUBLIC LECTURE - ALL WELCOME

Tuesday 9 September

Climate Change:

A US perspective

Mr. Diringer has been deeply engaged in environmental issues and policy for nearly 30 years. From 1983 to 1997, he was a reporter and editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he authored several award-winning environmental series and covered the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Director of Communications and Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, where he helped develop major policy initiatives, led White House press and communications strategy on the environment, and was a member of U.S. delegations to international climate change negotiations. He was later Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Press Secretary, serving as a principal spokesman for President Clinton.

Speaker
Elliot Diringer

Executive Vice President - Centre for Climate and Energy Solutions, Former Deputy White House Press Secretary

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Date: Tuesday 9 September
Venue:Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Old Government Buildings (Law School) GBLT1
Time: 5.30pm - 6.30pm

PUBLIC LECTURE - ALL WELCOME

Friday 19 September 2014

Rural Ageing:

Who cares?

The IGPS in association with NZAG is excited to present this public lecture on Rural Ageing from gerontologist Norah Keating who is visiting New Zealand from the University of Alabama as the keynote speaker at the annual New Zealand Association of Gerontology (NZAG) conference.

Dr. Keating is a family gerontologist who is interested in issues faced by older adults and their families. As Director of IAGG's Global Social Initiative on Ageing, her research and capacity-building focuses on families and aging, liveability of older adults, and care.

She is engaged in international research on liveability of communities for older adults in Australia, Canada and South Africa. As well, she is involved in a program of research on economic, health and social costs of care in Canada and China. She teaches in the areas of families and aging, older people and their environments, and family theory.

Speaker
Dr. Norah Keating

Professor of Human Ecology at the University of Alabama

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DR KEATING'S WORK

Date: Friday 19 September
Venue: Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Old Government Buildings (Law School) GBLT2
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

PUBLIC LECTURE - ALL WELCOME

Thursday 25 Septmeber 2014

LGNZ Community Governance Workshop

Making community governance work for you and your communities

Local government’s communities are an enormous source of knowledge, capability and resource for getting stuff done. In New Zealand as well as internationally councils are waking up to this and finding new and exciting ways of working with their communities. But so are higher tiers of government, often bypassing local government. Private sector and civil society organisations are also increasingly involved. Will local government retain its central role in local governance, or will it simply be one of a number of different players?

 

This workshop is your chance to learn what’s happening in community governance internationally from leading researchers and practitioners. Our panel includes Peter McKinlay who has written and presented extensively in New Zealand and elsewhere on community governance, Dr Paul Leistner from Portland Oregon recognised across the US as a leader in the ‘how to’ of community governance, and representatives of Thames Coromandel District Council, and of the Bendigo & Adelaide Bank Ltd almost certainly Australasia’s leading practitioners of community governance.

 

Themes will include:

  • What’s happening with community governance including the growing role of central governments - is local government being bypassed?
  • The value proposition. Why community governance is not just good for democracy, but good for improving service delivery and reducing cost.
  • How to build and maintain a network of self-identifying neighbourhoods (including capacity, capability, resilience, legitimacy and representativeness).
  • The role of neighbourhood associations in facilitating better planning and expenditure by local councils and higher tiers of government.

View the workshop agenda or read the workshop outline for more content

Date:  Thursday 25 September
Venue:  Kingsgate Hotel, 24 Hawkestone Street, Wellington
Room:  Molesworth Room

Time: 9am - 4.30pm

 

Pricing:
LGNZ Member:  $350 + gst per person
Non LGNZ Member: $450 + gst per person

REGISTER HERE

Friday 26 September 2014

A New Zealand perspective on Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st century

Piketty has recently proposed that market capitalism tends, in the absence of taxes and regulation, to a highly unequal distribution of income and wealth, the sustainability of which under democratic government is potentially problematic.

 

Piketty's dataset includes several English-speaking settler economies –

New Zealand, Australia, and Canada – and seems to argue that distribution

in this periphery will tend to converge to that in the European-US core. Piketty argues also that past inequality in the settler economies (including the USA) was tempered by the cheapness and abundance of land but that land has now dropped out as a leading repository of wealth.

 

The paper will review Piketty's main theses and reflect on their application to New Zealand.

Speaker
Dr. Geoff Bertram

Senior Associate with the IGPS

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DR. BERTRAM CLICK HERE

DATE: Friday 26 September
VENUE:Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Old Government Buildings (Law School) GBLT2
TIME: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

PUBLIC LECTURE - ALL WELCOME

OCTOBER

Friday 17 October 2014

When Collaboration Goes Wrong

The Perverse Incentives of Community Enterprise

Details to come.

Speaker
Dr Jonathan Scott

Head of Centre for Strategy and Leadership, Reader in Entrepreneurship, Teesside University (UK)

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DR. SCOTT CLICK HERE

DATE: Friday 17 October
VENUE:Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Old Government Buildings (Law School) GBLT2
TIME: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

PUBLIC LECTURE - ALL WELCOME

Monday 20 October 2014

Wild Dreams and Realistic Visions

What restorative justice could look like in the next decade

Details to come.

Speaker
Dr Howard Zehr

Distinguished Professor of Restorative Justice at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia and Co-director of the Zehr Institute

 

Dr Howard Zehr is Distinguished Professor of Restorative Justice at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia and Co-director of the Zehr Institute. Often called the “grandfather of restorative justice”, Professor Zehr has an international reputation as his pioneering work in developing the theory and practice of restorative justice.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DR. ZEHR CLICK HERE

Date: Monday 20 October
Venue: Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Old Government Buildings (Law School) GBLT3
Time: 5.30pm - 6.30pm

PUBLIC LECTURE - ALL WELCOME

Friday 24 October 2014

Decolonisation and Economic Performance in Small Island Economies

Economic and social convergence versus divergence in small island economies: a historical review of how differences in political status arose and how they affect modern outcomes.

 

Small islands (under a million population) are among the most numerous economic entities in the global system, but the least studied.  A stylised fact from the past couple of decades is that islands which became sovereign independent nation states after decolonisation have significantly lower income per capita than islands which remained affiliated to metropolitan patrons as sub-national jurisdictions.  Explaining this apparent divergence associated with political status since 1945 presents an interesting challenge, given the scarcity of reliable long-run data.  The paper presents and discusses competing hypotheses and empirical results from recent work in this area.

Speaker
Dr. Geoff Bertram

Senior Associate with the IGPS

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DR. BERTRAM CLICK HERE

Date: Friday 24 October
Venue: Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Rutherford House, RHLT2
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

PUBLIC LECTURE - ALL WELCOME

Wednesday 29 October 2014

World Bank Public Presentation:

Chris Browne - World Bank Procurement Officer

Details to come.

Speaker
Chris Browne

World Bank, Procurement Officer

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE WORLD BANK CLICK HERE

Date: Wednesday 29 October
Venue: Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Rutherford House, RHLT1
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm

PUBLIC LECTURE - ALL WELCOME

NOVEMBER

Friday 14 November

Transport, Climate and Health:

Wellington at the cross-roads

Aims: To explore the health & climate implications of the major roading infrastructure planned by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) to last for the next 100years in Wellington. The impacts on cycling, walking and physical exercise will be emphasized.

Method: Analysis of relevant statistics from the World Health Organisation, NZTA, the NZ Ministries of Transport and the Environment, Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory and its Land Transport Strategy.

 

Results: Motorised traffic induction will have negative health impacts because of increased air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Active and public transport will be discouraged relative to private transport. These results combined with the small resource allocated for walking and cycling infrastructure will discourage physical activity which has major implications for public health.

 

Conclusions: At a time when vehicle kilometres travelled per person are diminishing and uptake of driving licences by the young plummeting in Wellington, major doubt must be cast on the wisdom of Roads of National Significance for Wellington

Speaker
Russell Tregonning

Orthopaedic Surgeon and Senior Lecturer, Wellington School of Medicine, Otago University

Date: Friday 14 November
Venue:Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Rutherford House, RHLT3
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

PUBLIC LECTURE - ALL WELCOME


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