Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

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  • Liz Richardson
Abraham Lincoln’s magisterial Gettysburg Address is usually credited for the phrase ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people’. More than 150 years later, we can easily recognise how our representative democracy deals with ‘of’ and ‘for’ - but where are we when it comes to ‘by’?
What could we gain in better public policy and more effective program and service delivery if we encouraged and harnessed the many voices of ordinary citizens? Would this also help address the growing trust deficit between people and governments?

Date: Tuesday 10th November

Time: 12:30 - 1:45pm Refreshments & registration from 12 noon

Venue: Rydges Hotel, Wellington

RSVP: Please register here

Spearkers: Tina Nabatchi, is an ANZSOG Visiting Scholar, and Associate Professor Public Administration and International Relations, Maxwell College and Kenneth Aiolupotea, Head of Market Research & Engagement, Auckland City Council

Moderator: Dr Michael Macaulay, Director IGPS

Tina Nabatchi is an associate professor of public administration and international affairs at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, where she also co-directs the Collaborative Governance Initiative for the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC). Tina’s research focuses on public participation, collaborative governance, and conflict resolution. She has authored over 50 publications, including two recent books: Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy and Collaborative Governance Regimes. Her award-winning research and teaching is internationally recognized. She has presented to, consulted for, and trained a wide variety of executive and professional groups from around the world, and has worked with numerous U.S. agencies and nongovernmental organizations. Tina has also has worked with the World Bank to design and implement a massive open online course (MOOC) about citizen participation, and she continues to work with the White House on the development and evaluation of U.S. National Action Plans for Open Government.

Kenneth Aiolupotea, a born and bred Kiwi of Pacific descent, is Head of Market Research and Engagement at Auckland City Council. He leads a team employing research, consultation and community engagement to ensure Aucklanders have the right opportunities to have their say and participate meaningfully in local decision making. Kenneth has a background in qualitative research in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, with a BA from the University of Otago and an MA from the University of Auckland.


December 2015


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