Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

Seminar Thursday 2 August 2012
Developing a policy tool for the early life course - a seminar presentation by Dr Peter Davis, University of Auckland

VENUE: Rutherford House, Lecture Theatre Two
TIME: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
All welcome - no RSVP required

Our team is developing a simulation model of the early life course drawing on information from an existing longitudinal study (the Christchurch Health and Development Study). In essence we are building a "virtual" cohort that uses data from a real cohort to establish a base file for the model, to estimate statistical equations for building that model, and to serve as a benchmark for assessing its accuracy. This virtual cohort can then be interrogated with policy-relevant "what if" questions by varying key parameters and running the simulation. This seminar presents some information on the construction and validation of the model, canvasses our interactions with a user-group, including the testing of policy scenarios, and looks forward to future developments in enriching model construction with a wider set of longitudinal data, including Maori and Pacific populations.

Dr Peter Davis is Professor of the Sociology of Health and Well-Being and Director of the COMPASS research centre at the University of Auckland, New Zealand where he holds cross-appointments in both Statistics and Population Health. He trained in Sociology and in Statistics at the London School of Economics and has spent a good part of his career to date at the Auckland Medical School. He is currently Senior Editor, Health Policy, at Social Science and Medicine. The COMPASS research centre carries out grant-funded research in the fields of health and social policy, much of it relying on the application of advanced methodological techniques to existing data. The project on which this seminar reports is funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation and the work is led by Dr. Barry Milne and Mr. Roy Lay-Yee, research fellow and senior research fellow respectively at COMPASS.

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Public Broadcasting – does it have a future in New Zealand?
A seminar series

Following the closure of TVNZ7 at the end of June, New Zealand is reported to be the only developed OECD country without a national public television service. Does this matter? What alternatives are there? This series of talks by specialist academics and a long-time contributor to public television aims to identify important governance and policy issues and advance debate about this fast changing sector.

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Seminar Friday 3 August 2012
No Payment, No Piper, No Tune: The Political Economy of Funding Public Television in New Zealand - a seminar presentation by Dr Peter A. Thompson, Media Studies programme, Victoria University

TIME: 12.30 – 1.30 p.m.
Railway Station West Wing Level 5, Room RW501

Policy tensions between the Treasury and Ministry for Culture and Heritage resulted in contradictory funding arrangements whereby TVNZ was allocated money by one branch of government only for it to be taken back by another. Between 1999 and 2008, three Labour-led governments attempted to revitalize public service television by restructuring of TVNZ as Crown company with a public charter and introducing TVNZ 6 and 7. The election of a National-led government in 2008 saw the TVNZ Charter funding reallocated to NZ on Air, revoking of the Charter and closure of TVNZ 6 and 7. To what extent did institutional arrangements and policy assumptions contribute to these changes?

Peter Thompson is a Senior Lecturer in the media studies programme at Victoria University. He has published extensively on the political economy of broadcasting policy developments since 1999, and chaired the working party that reviewed public submissions on the 5-year review of the TVNZ Charter.

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Seminar Friday 10 August 2012
New Zealand-Produced Programming and the Importance of TV Content Regulation - a seminar presentation by
Dr Trisha Dunleavy

VENUE: Railway Station West Wing Level 5, Room RW501
TIME: 12.30 p.m. – 1.30 p.m.

New Zealand’s minimally regulated environment for television content distribution means that the making of local programmes is increasingly vulnerable. This presentation will explain the different roles played by New Zealand on Air (NZoA), TVNZ, Mediaworks, Māori TV, and the now defunct TVNZ7. The ‘NZoA model’ remains highly effective in allocating public funding for local content production but aggressive competition for the rights to ‘new season’ imported material from Sky Television threatens to undermine the commercial viability for New Zealand’s most watched channels, TV One, TV2, and TV3.

Dr. Trisha Dunleavy is a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. She is the author of Ourselves in Primetime: A History of New Zealand Television Drama (Auckland University Press, 2005), Television Drama: Form, Agency, Innovation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and first author of the co-authored New Zealand Film and Television: Institution, Industry and Cultural Change (Intellect Books, 2011)

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Seminar Friday 17 August 2012
The Land and Water Forum: an Entertainment - a seminar presentation by Alastair Bisley

VENUE: Rutherford House, Lecture Theatre Three
TIME: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
All welcome - no RSVP required

Alastair Bisley, who chairs the Land and Water Forum, will talk about the mystery of balance in managing water in New Zealand, and how the Forum, a collaborative group of 65 main water users and interests, self-generated but with a mandate from the government, goes about its business. He will discuss some characteristics of collaboration, and why the Forum's Second Report constitutes a watershed. Finally, he will touch on the work the Forum is currently engaged on to complete its mandate before the end of the year.

Alastair Bisley is the Chair of the Land and Water Forum, a collaborative governance process which the Government has mandated to propose a reform of water management in New Zealand, since December 2008. He was a Senior Associate of the Institute of Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington for which he directed the Pasifika Project in 2006-7. Until recently he has been a Director of the New Zealand Meat Board.

Alastair has had a long career in the New Zealand Public Service. He was Secretary of Transport from 1998-2004. From 1967 - 1998, he was a member of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where in 1994 he became a Deputy Secretary and New Zealand’s Principal Trade Negotiator. He was seconded to the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group (1978-9) and the Department of Trade and Industry (1976-7). During his diplomatic career, he was posted in London, Brussels, Sydney, (Consul-General from 1982-86) and Geneva, where he was Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva (1991-94). During this period he was also cross-accredited as Ambassador to the United Nations Office in Vienna.

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Seminar Monday 27 August 2012
Is the Goodnight Kiwi about to say Goodbye? The uncertain future for public broadcasting service in New Zealand television - a seminar presentation by David Beatson

VENUE: Government Buildings, Lecture Theatre One
Pipitea Campus, Victoria University
TIME: 5.30 – 6.30 p.m.

New Zealand adopted a unique model for the delivery of public broadcasting services when it prepared for the introduction of commercial competition in the television sector 23 years ago. Today broadcasting confronts even more significant challenges as the country enters the digital era of multi-national, multi-platform media competition. With the recent and rapid demise of the non-commercial TVNZ 6 and TVNZ 7 channels and Stratos, a nationwide channel operated on public broadcasting service principles, David Beatson explores the case for change.

David Beatson’s career as a New Zealand broadcaster spans 48 years of the industry’s history, initially with Compass, Gallery, Foreign Correspondent and Eyewitness News. He was an and producer of current affairs at TV2, and a founding director of Radio Pacific, New Zealand’s first news-talk station and spent five years as editor of the New Zealand Listener, and six years as chairman of NZ On Air. He is now leading the Public Media Project in a campaign to secure a new television channel for public broadcasting services following the demise of TVNZ 6, TVNZ 7 and Stratos.