Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

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View all the events held during 2016.

Join Aasiya Riaz to hear about the challenges for a comparatively recent and still growing democracy both domestically and internationally.
Date: Monday 20 February
Time: 12:30 - 1:30pm
Venue: Old Government Buildings Lecture Theatre 3 (ground floor)
Please RSVP
riazSpeaker: Aasiya Riaz, Joint Director at PILDAT, leads PILDAT’s projects and activities, a leading Pakistani think tank she co-founded in 2001. She has over 15 years of experience of providing thought leadership in governance and democracy, policy, communication and management while she promotes strengthening democratic and political institutions under the overall ambit of rule of law. Trained in the field of Media and Political Communication at the London School of Economics, UK, Aasiya has also worked with the mainstream press and electronic media in Pakistan as a political analyst. She was a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, USA, as well as a distinguished fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at the Stanford University, USA. Aasiya regularly appears on national and international media for political analysis and commentaries while she is invited to lecture at Pakistan’s premium public policy institutions as well as many national and international think tanks and universities.
Date: Tuesday 21 February
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00pm
Venue: Rutherford House Lecture Theatre 2
RSVPs required

Read the first report of the Whistling While the Work project.

Panel speakers to be confirmed.
24feb-Loomis book launch
Date: Friday 24 February
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00pm
Venue: Rutherford House Mezzanine level room 05
RSVPs required

Speaker: Dr Terrence Loomis,holds a BA from Hamline University in Minnesota, an MA (1st Hons) in Social Anthropology from Auckland University, a PhD in Economic Anthropology from the University of Adelaide, and an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certificate from the National Development Council of America.  He has over 15 years research and development consulting experience in the US, Canada, Australia, the Pacific and New Zealand.  He was Director of Economic Development for the Mdewakanton Dakota tribe of Prairie Island, Minnesota for four years. Between 1997-2000 he was Foundation Professor of Development Studies in the School of Maori and Pacific Development at Waikato University, before becoming a senior policy advisor with the New Zealand government. 


Authentic Leadership: can we both 'do good' and 'do well'?

Date: Tuesday 28 February
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:45pm
Venue: Intercontinental Hotel, 2 Grey Street, Wellington

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Speakers: Dana H Born and Ginny Badderley.
9 march ageing seminar
Also in association with the Association for Gerontology and the Health and Ageing Research Team, Massey University.
Current housing issues in Wales and New Zealand are very similar. Both countries are experienc-ing a shortage of housing in main centres which has been referred to as a ‘housing crisis’. Both governments are developing policy responses to create more housing. With the age-ing of the population, the growing numbers of older people affected by housing issues, and the importance of housing and the housing environment for health and wellbeing, the needs of older people must be considered in these developments. Wales is leading New Zealand in this context. The Welsh Government has pledged to build an additional 20,000 affordable homes a year, end ‘Right to Buy’, and introduce a new ‘Rent to Own’ model of social housing. They will also consider other steps that might be taken to im-prove supply including addressing the particular issue of supply of housing for older peo-ple. Professor Phillips will discuss the findings outlined by the Housing an Ageing Pop-ulation Group’s Policy Report and contribute to discussions of how they can apply to the New Zealand context.
Date: Thursday 9 March
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30pm
Venue: Old Government Buildings Lecture Theatre 1
RSVP: Required.
Speaker: Professor Judith Phillips, Chair of the Welsh Government Expert Group on Housing an Ageing Population. Chair: Dr Judith Davey, IGPS Senior Associate.

Leading from Between: Challenges and opportunities for Indigenous public servant leadership
Date: Thursday 9 March
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:45pm
Venue: Te Wharewaka o Poneke
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Speaker: Dr Catherine Althaus
Humanity faces daunting long-term risks and challenges – climate change, failed states, mass migration, the loss of biodiversity, major natural disasters, the social ramifications of the fourth industrial revolution and the fiscal implications of population ageing, to name but a few. In recent years, the international community has agreed on a series of important long-term goals, most notably in 2015 via the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Management.

But how are such goals to be met? Moreover, in a world dominated by short-term pressures, a relentless 24-hour media cycle, and tweeting presidents, how can democracies ensure that long-term issues receive the attention they deserve? How can governments be incentivized to safeguard the interests of future generations? How can public institutions be designed so that societies have  good governance, not merely for today but also for tomorrow? Or, to put it differently, how can the quality of intergenerational governance be improved?

Victoria University of Wellington is committed to the goal of advancing better government, locally and globally. The symposium at Parliament on 23 March is one of a series of events designed to contribute to this objective. Hosted by the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Paula Bennett, it brings together local and international researchers, senior public servants and private sector representatives to explore the challenges of governing well for the future. The symposium concludes with the launch of two books by Professor Jonathan Boston.
Date: Thursday 23 March
Time: 8:45am - 3:00pm
Venue: Banquet Hall, Parliament Buildings
RSVPs essential by Monday 20th March
VIEW DRAFT PROGRAMME as at 10 February
Speakers confirmed to date include: Peter Hughes, State Services Commissioner; Vicky Robertson, Secretary for the Environment; Professor Petra Tschakert, University of Western Australia; Sir Geoffrey Palmer, VUW; Dr Andrew Colman, University of Otago; Tina Porou; Professor Grant Guilford, Vice-Chancellor VUW; Professor Wendy Larner, VUW; Professor Jonathan Boston, VUW; AProf Michael Macaulay, VUW; AProf Marjan van den Belt, VUW.

Governing for the Future: Designing Democratic Institutions for a Better Tomorrow (Emerald, 2016)

Governing for the Future

Safeguarding the Future: Governing in an Uncertain World (Bridget Williams Books, 2017)

Safeguarding the Future

Date: Thursday 23 March
Time: 5:40pm - 7:00pm
Venue: Banquet Hall, Parliament Buildings
RSVPs essential by Monday 20th March. Refreshments will be served
Speakers: Professor Jonathan Boston, VUW; Bridget Williams, Bridget Williams Books; Peter Hughes, State Services Commission

View the public lectures given earlier in previous years; many with lecture reviews, power point slides and video recordings.

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