Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

Upcoming Events


Later in 2015

  • Liz Richardson - Manchester University
  • Associate Professor Tina Nabatchi - Maxwell School of Citizenbship and Public Affairs


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


Tuesday 26 May

6.00pm - 7.00pm

Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Law School, Lecture Theatre 2 (GBLT2)

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


Friday 29 May

12.30pm - 1.30pm

Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Law School, Lecture Theatre 1 (GBLT1)


Later in 2015

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

There are plenty of free public lectures planned for the remainder of 2014. Please visit this site again soon or subscribe to our online newsletter to receive complimentary email updates.

Unfamiliar with Pipitea Campus? See here for an aerial view and a downloadable PDF map.