Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

Previous Events 2006

Global Climate Change Policy Seminar
8 December 2006

The Institute for Governance and Policy Studies hosted a seminar by Dr Adrian Macey of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Post Nairobi Reflections: Where to for Global Climate Change Policy? Adrian Macey is New Zealand's newly-appointed Climate Change Ambassador, representing the country in climate change negotiations. He has recently returned from Paris, where he was New Zealand's Ambassador to France and the OECD. He was previously Director of the Trade Negotiations Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Ambassador to Bangkok.


Confronting Climate Change: Critical Issues for New Zealand – Book Launch
5 December 2006

The Minister of Energy, David Parker officially launched this book at Turnbull House. Confronting Climate Change: Critical Issues for New Zealand, edited by Ralph Chapman, Jonathan Boston and Margot Schwass, is based on a major Climate Change and Governance Conference held in Wellington in March 2006. It includes contributions by more than 30 leading scientists and policy experts from New Zealand and elsewhere. It is available for purchase here.


Pricing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Seminar
1 December 2006

The Institute of Policy Studies and the School of Geography and Earth Sciences hosted a discussion So You Want a Price on Carbon? Three Alternatives for Pricing Greenhouse Gas Emissions on Friday 1 December in the Railway Station Building. The consensus increasingly favours significant action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The question is how and when - in particular, how and when to put a price on emissions. Three analysts who have given this matter some thought presented alternatives for New Zealand as the basis for an interactive discussion. Is the solution to:

  • a) Provide personal carbon credits and auction remaining emission permits
  • b) Give all emission permits to citizens and let them on-sell to emitters
  • c) Require emitters to obtain Kyoto units at a price linked to the international carbon market?

The discussants were - Associate Professor Ralph Chapman Director, Graduate Programme in Environmental Studies, VUW; Simon Terry, Executive Director, Sustainability Council and Murray Ward, Principal, GtripleC, Global Climate Change Consultancy. Professor Jonathan Boston, Deputy Director Institute for Governance and Policy Studies chaired the discussion

Presentations will be available here as soon as they are ready.


Being Accountable: Volunatry Organisations, Government Agencies and Contracted Social Services in New Zealand – Book Launch
30 November 2006

This book by Jo Cribb was launched by Jenny Gill (Chairperson of Philanthropy New Zealand and Executive Director of the ASB Trusts) at Transpower House on Thursday 30 November. Jo Cribb has worked in a number of social, community and central agency policy roles. She has also enjoyed her volunteer roles in social service organisations.  This book is based on her recently completed doctoral thesis and can be purchased here  


Hungarian Uprising Seminar
9 November 2006

Dr Sandor Szakaly delivered an address entitled 50 Years Ago: Lessons for today’s Hungary from the 1956 uprising which addressed the uprising and its implications for Hungary today. He teaches 20th Century Hungarian history at the Semmelweis University in Budapest. He is the Chief Archivist, National Archives, Budapest and is a specialist in Hungarian political and military history and has published numerous books and several studies on Hungarian military history in the 19th and 20th century. The IPS was very pleased to host this event in association with the New Zealand Institute for International Affairs.  


A Restorative Justice System for Juveniles: Information for Mexico from New Zealand’s experience
25-29 October 2006

Dr Gabrielle Maxwell visited Mexico to present information on the New Zealand system of youth justice to people in Mexico who are involved in developing a new system for their country. This trip was sponsored by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade under its Latin American Stategy Fund and Proderecho. The materials used during the tour and further information is available here.


Funding of Political Parties Seminar
20 October 2006

Institute for Governance and Policy Studies was pleased to host a seminar with Dr Helena Catt and Mr Robert Buchanan on The Funding of Political Parties: Issues and Options

The seminar addressed a range of issues concerning the funding of political parties in New Zealand, including:

  • The current regulatory framework
  • Key principles and considerations
  • Lessons from recent elections, overseas models and experience
  • Where the funding of parties should come from, and what it should be spent on
  • Funding parties between and during elections, including demarcating election campaigns
  • Political activities by individuals and organizations other than registered parties
  • Disclosure and constraints, privacy and transparency
  • Independent game-keeping
  • Reform options, constraints and timeframes

Dr Helena Catt is the Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission. Previously she was Associate Professor of Politics at Auckland University, and has published widely on democratic practice.

Robert Buchanan is a former Director of the Law Commission and former Assistant Auditor-General. He is now in private practice and is a consultant to Chen Palmer, Public Law Specialists.


Sub-replacement Fertility: Is this an Issue for New Zealand?
26 October 2006

This seminar was held on Thursday 26 October 2006 at the Institute of Policy Studies. Some of the presentations or papers are now available here. Other papers will be added shortly. This seminar was sponsored by the Families Commission.


The International Economics of Climate Change Seminar
18 October 2006

The School of Government and the IPS in association with the Energy Federation of New Zealand presented a seminar on The International Economics of Climate Change by Professor Michael Grubb.

Professor Grubb is a leading international researcher on the economic policy dimensions of climate change and energy policy issues including renewable energy sources. He is currently Senior Research Associate in the Faculty of Economics at Cambridge University, Chief Economist at the UK Carbon Trust, and a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College, London and as Associate Fellow Chatham House. He has been lead Author for several reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) addressing the economic, technological and social aspects of limiting greenhouse gas emissions and has advised a number of governments, companies and international studies on climate change policy. He is editor in chief of the journal Climate Policy and is on the editorial board of Energy Policy.

Slides presented at Michael Grubb's seminar are available below.

Download now (Powerpoint file)


Joint Book Launch
11 October 2006

Two IPS publications were launched together on Wednesday 11 October– Conceptualising the Border by Andrew Ladley and Nicola White and Opportunities and Risk: The Implications of Population Ageing edited by Judith Davey and Jonathan Boston. Speakers included the Minister for Social Development, Hon David Benson-Pope, the Retirement Commissioner Diana Crossan, the Comptroller of Customs Martyn Dunne. Both these publications are available for purchase through the this website, please click here.


Climate Change Symposium
6 October 2006

Climate Change: the Policy Challenges was held on Friday 6 October in the Illot Theatre, Wellington Convention Centre. It attracted many people concerned with climate change: business people, central and local government officials, academics, students, and those involved in the non-governmental sector. As with the Climate Change and Governance Conference, this symposium was being hosted by Institute of Policy Studies and the School of Geography, Environment and  Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington. Please click here for the programme, proceedings, downloads and speakers.


Mentoring Those Released from Custody Seminar
5 October 2006

On Thursday 5 October, the IPS hosted a seminar with Denise McDermott, a senior practitioner with NIACRO (Northern Ireland Association for the Care and Resettlement of Prisoners) in Northern Ireland. She has had particular responsibility for the development and management of the mentoring project for young people 10-17 yrs; a project that has recently gained a National award. She is also the author of the training manual. Currently Denise and her team are involved in developing similar mentoring services for adults released from prison.

Her presentation is available here


Australia’s Climate Change Policies Seminar
4 October 2005

On Wednesday 4 October, the School of Government, the IPS and the Royal Society of New Zealand hosted a seminar by Dr Steve Hatfield Dodds on Australia’s Climate Change Policies: Issues and Implications for New Zealand. Dr Dodds is the convenor of the CSIRO Integration Network with a special interest in how science can contribute to improved public policy outcomes. Steve joined CSIRO 2002, bringing extensive experience in the practicalities of integrated analysis and its application to complex public policy issues, particularly in the areas of sustainability, industry policy, governance and performance assessment, and taxation. His previous career includes senior positions in the Allen Consulting Group, Commonwealth Treasury, and Environment Australia. Steve has researched and published in Australia and internationally in economics and public policy, and provided expert testimony on environmental taxes, social dimensions of labour market policies, cost sharing arrangements for ‘public good’ activities, and the design of incentive based policy tools.  His research and public policy contributions were recognised by his inclusion in The Bulletin magazine’s inaugural ‘Smart 100’ list of leading Australian innovators (October 2003). Steve is the President of the Australia and New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics (ANZSEE).


New Zealand's Expanding Role in the Pacific and the Complex Challenges of Nation Building Seminar
26 September 2006

On Tuesday 26 September, the IPS hosted a pacific-focussed roundtable discussion with Dr Gerard Finin, Acting Director, Pacific Islands Development Program at the East West Centre. His current research interests include 'reinventing government in the Pacific Islands, and globalisation as it relates to the islands'. His main topic was on 'nation-building in the Pacific' and he discussed contributions to institutional development, promoting good governance, capacity building, enhanced security and transparency. He illustrated his talk with examples from Tuvalu, Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and the Philippines. Discussion also centred around New Zealand's contribution, particularly its involvement with RAMSI in the Solomon Islands and Bougainville, and also the lack of 'shareholder democracy' in much of the Pacific. He appeared deeply impressed with NZ's respectful, engaged and effective relationships in the Pacific, and suggested that much could be learned from them. Attendees at the discussion included public servants, academics, NGOs, and diplomats.


Extending the Innovation Frontier Seminar
26 September 2006

On Tuesday 26 September, the IPS hosted a seminar by Economic Development Minister Trevor Mallard on 'extending the innovation frontier.' Like many Governments, NZ is struggling to find effective ways in which policy can contribute to deepening and broadening the economy. The Minister argued that innovation was not something that happens by chance, it was pulled by incentives and pushed by Research and Development. Having good science and high literacy are important. But an interesting area of current focus was how government might better connect the 'trader with a problem' and the 'innovator with a solution'. Evidence suggests that the research industry in high potential areas (like avocado oil) is currently pursuing many challenges separately. The key to new thinking in policy, appeared to be about how government might better ensure connectedness and coordination in relevant areas. But the issues are hard, and there are no simple solutions. His speech is available here.


Performance-Based Research Fund Book Launch
Thursday 14 September 2006

The IPS's new publication, Evaluating the Performance-Based Research Fund: Framing the Debate, edited by Leon Bakker, Jonathan Boston, Lesley Campbell and Roger Smyth, was officially launched on Thursday 14 September. For more information, purchasing options and photos, please click here.


Beeby Colloquium on International Law
Friday 1 September 2006

Benjamin Paradza delivered the public address at this event which is annually presented by the International Law Association (ILA) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in honour of Chris Beeby who was a distinguished New Zealand diplomat and international lawyer. Benjamin spoke alongside Ema Aitken, the Chair of the Refugee Status Appeals Authority (RSAA), on the topic of Law in the Aftermath of Conflict. The theme of his speech was built around his personal experience of the conflict in Zimbabwe, both the war of liberation in the 1970s and from 1999 when Robert Mugabe and his government turned on its people. He also looked at how internationalised his life had become - from growing up in a sheltered rural community to being appointed as a High Court judge and finally arriving in New Zealand as a refugee with the help of the many people and groups that came to his aid. Benjamin painted a vivid picture of how the rule of law had broken down in Zimbabwe, in fact how the law was being used as a tool in the conflict. He finished his speech by turning to more general issues in establishing law after conflict, but not before revealing one of life's coincidences, that it had been one of New Zealand's most famous exports, Sir Garfield Todd, who had touched his life as a young boy at Dadaya Mission School with his commitment to a just and non-racial society and to the education of all people, no matter how poor. His speech will be published in some form shortly.


Breaking Dependence on Fossil Fuels by 2020: Roundtable discussions
June - August 2006

This series of four roundtable discussions was presented by the IPS in June and August 2006.  To view, please click here. Topics considered were:

  • The Swedish Proposal: Exploring the Possible Need for, and Desirability of, a Rapid Shift away from Fossil Fuel Use
  • Renewable Energy Resource Potential for Stationary Energy
  • New Zealand’s Transport Alternatives
  • Policy Issues, Options and Tradeoffs


Amnesty International Freedom Week
31 July - 4 August

On Thursday 3 August, Benjamin Paradza was invited to give a speech on human rights defenders as part of the events marking Amnesty International Freedom Week organised by the Victoria University Kelburn Campus and Law Campus Groups. A copy of his speech is available here


Innovation Seminar
7 July 2006

The IPS hosted a seminar by David King on Innovation As Behaviour Change – Implications for Economic Transformation in New Zealand.  David was a visiting associate at the IPS for three months, and is the Director of Development Strategy at the Ministry of Economic Development. His seminar slides are available here.


Economic Order Seminar
5 May 2005

The IPS hosted a seminar by distinguished New Zealander Professor Robert Wade entitled Searching for a Just Economic Order and for Industrial Development Polices in an Open Economy. He is Professor of Political Economy at the London School of Economics, where he teaches and researches around his long-standing interest in the causes of economic growth and economic inequality on a world scale.


Speech from the Health Minister
1 May 2006

The IPS hosted Health Minister Pete Hodgson who delivered a seminar on The Crisis Syndrome: New Zealand’s Health Debate. This was an extremely well attended event. A copy of his speech is available here


Work-life Balance Conference
Friday 21 April

This conference entitled Reconciling Work and Family: Research and Policy Perspectives was held at Old Government Buildings in Wellington. The overall theme was work-life balance for families.

Please click here for the proceedings.


Climate Change And Governance Conference
28-29 March

General information and the proceedings are available through the following links -

Bibliography for The Policy Implications of Diversity
This IPS publication was released on 6 March 2006. To view the bibliography please click here.


Peace and Stability in the Middle East Seminar
22 February 2006

Ambassador James A Larocco, the Director General of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in Sinai gave an address entitled 2006: Peace and Stability in the Middle East Face New Realities.


Afghanistan Roundtable
26 January 2006

The IPS hosted a discussion on Aid, order, human rights and peace in Afghanistan? with two international workers recently back from Afghanistan; Pedram Pirnia and Nicci Simmonds. Click here for more information and photos taken by Pedram of Afghanistan.