Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

Previous Events 2009

COPENHAGEN 2009 - Issues, Options, Outlook and Outcomes
12.30-1.30pm, Lecture Theatre 1, Old Government Buildings

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11 November Dr John Peet formerly Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Canterbury
Talking past each other – the physics and economics of climate change

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13 November Dr Geoff Bertram Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, VUW
How not to design an Emissions Trading Scheme: Lessons from New Zealand

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18 November Launch of Climate Change 101 a book by Dr Andy Reisinger
12 noon, Lecture Theatre 1, Old Government Buildings, Light refreshments available

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18 November Dr Andy Reisinger NZ Climate Change Research Institute, VUW
Targets versus reality

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25 November Ambassador Dr Beat Nobs Embassy of Switzerland
Prospects for Copenhagen

2 December Judy Lawrence NZ Climate Change Research Institute, VUW
New Zealand emission reductions and global agreements:
Lessons from the last 20 years

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9 December Dr Morgan Williams former Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment
The relationship between climate change and other global sustainability issues

16 December Dr David Eng Philosophy Programme, VUW
Allocating the burdens of dealing with climate change

18 December Peter Wilson Vector Ltd
The case for an independent advisory committee on climate change

22 December Panel discussion: the outcome and implications of COP 15
Chair: Professor Jonathan Boston Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, VUW

Panel members:

  • Associate Professor Ralph Chapman School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences VUW
  • Professor Martin Manning NZ Climate Change Research Institute, VUW
  • Peter Neilsen, NZ Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • Dr Beat Nobs Embassy of Switzerland
  • Phil O’Reilly, Business NZ
  • Professor Ralph Sims Massey University
  • Cath Wallace School of Government, VUW

About the speakers

Dr Geoff Bertram is a Senior Associate in the Institue of Policy Studies, VUW and a former Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics and Finance at VUW. His research interests include the regulation of public utilities, economic development, climate change policy and the long-run evolution of the NZ economy.

Dr David Eng is a Lecturer in Philosophy at VUW. He has previously been an Assistant Professor at California State University Bakersfield and worked for several years for the Tertiary Education Commission. His research interests include epistemology, philosophy of mind, and aesthetics.

Judy Lawrence is a Senior Associate in the NZ Climate Change Research Institute, VUW and Director of PSConsulting Ltd. Previously she served as the Director of the NZ Climate Change Office at the Ministry for the Environment and as CE of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Her research interests include decision-making for climate change uncertainty.

Dr Beat Nobs is the Ambassador of Switzerland to New Zealand. He previously served as the Ambassador of the Environment of Switzerland and led the Swiss delegations at international negotiations in the field of the environment between 1997 and 2006, including those involving the Kyoto Protocol.

Dr John Peet is a chemical engineer with experience in the petroleum industry. His main focus in recent years has been sustainable development. He is the author of a book on Energy and the Ecological Economics of Sustainability and papers on systems, sustainability and the ethical requirements of stakeholder involvement.

Dr Andy Reisinger is a Senior Research Fellow with the NZ Climate Change Research Institute at VUW. He has worked in climate change science and policy as a research scientist and senior policy adviser, and was responsible for managing the production of the Synthesis Report of the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC.

Dr Morgan Williams is Principal, Future Steps and an Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Canterbury and Queensland. He was the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment between 1997 and 2007. He has extensive experience in agricultural, environmental, pest and ecological research and policy, and currently contributes to a systems thinking for a sustainability degree course in Queensland.

Peter Wilson is the Group Manager Climate Change for Vector Limited. An economist by training, he previously served in the NZ Treasury and was a member of the Emissions Trading Group.


FROM ‘SLOW TO GO’ Restorative Justice Initiatives for Juveniles in The Netherlands

Annemieke Wolthuis is a researcher at the Open University of the Netherlands, where she works on a PhD on restorative justice for youngsters from an international and comparative law perspective. She is also a member of the editorial board of the Dutch/Flemish journal on Restorative justice and affiliated with the Verwey-Jonker Institute in Utrecht. Download the paper FROM ‘SLOW TO GO’ Restorative Justice Initiatives for Juveniles in The Netherlands, which she delivered on a visit to New Zealand in December 2009, here.


Ethical Foundations of Public Policy
10/11 December Rutherford House, Bunny Street, Wellington


Spring Series - Building the Public sector for the 21st Century

New Zealand public management – tensions of a model from the 1980s by Richard Norman
5.30-6.30 Tuesday 29 September - Lecture Theatre Two, Old Goveremnt Buildings

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Public policy & public management challenges facing NZ by Grant Robertson MP
5.30-6.30 Tuesday 13 October- Lecture Theatre Two, Old Goveremnt Buildings

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Strengthening state sector performance: challenges and priorities by Iain Rennie
5.00-6.00pm Tuesday 20 October - Lecture Theatre One, Rutherford House

Citizens, clients and co-production of public services by John Alford
5.00-6.00pm Wednesday 28 October - Room 501 Railway West Wing

Download the related working paper here

Local governance by David Shand
5.00-6.00pm Monday 2 Novemeber - Room 501 Railway West Wing

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Balance between public and private - Peter Mersi
5.00-6.00pm Tuesday 10 November - Lecture Theatre One, Old Governemnt Buildings

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Hon Bill English presents: Public Policy Challenges Facing New Zealand

12.30 – 1.30 pm, Wednesday 23 September, The Beehive, Wellington.

Hon Bill English is Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Minister of Infrastructure. He is Deputy Leader of the National Party and MP for Clutha-Southland.

This Seminar is the first of the IPS and IPANZ Spring Series on Public Management Challenges Facing New Zealand.

Download the speech here.

A video recording will be here soon.

New Zealand public management – tensions of a model from the 1980s by Richard Norman
5.30-6.30 Tuesday 29 September - Lecture Theatre Two, Old Goveremnt Buildings

Download the paper here.


Could Transforming Science Transform New Zealand? - Presented by Professor Peter Gluckman

Monday 14 September 2009, 5.00-6.30pm, Rutherford House, Lecture Theatre One, Bunny Street, Wellington.

Prof Sir Peter D Gluckman KNZM FRSNZ FMedSci FRS is Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister. He is also University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Paediatric and Perinatal Biology and Director Emeritus in the Liggins Institute University of Auckland and Programme Director, Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences. His own research spans from molecular to economic, encompassing the regulation of fetal and postnatal development, the long term consequences of a poor start to life, and the evolutionary-medical interface. This has an agricultural as well as human perspective. He has taken an active role in promoting public engagement with science.

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Jonathan Boston presents the 4th Annual Pallot Memorial Lecture: "Holding Humanity to Account for the Future State of the Planet".
Wednesday 16 September, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m, Hurst Seager Room, Arts Centre, Canterbury University.


Humanity faces a number of daunting long-term challenges, not least ensuring environmental sustainability and avoiding dangerous anthropogenic climate change. This lecture will consider the nature of humanity’s responsibilities to protect the interests of future generations and ensure good stewardship of the environment. Particular attention will be given to the failure thus far of the global community, including developed countries like New Zealand, to address adequately the ‘diabolical policy problem’ (Garnaut, 2008) of climate change. The reasons for this failure will be explored, including an analysis of various politically significant asymmetries and how these might be overcome or at least ameliorated. In this context, attention will be given to the potential contribution of the discipline of accounting to the global quest for a just and sustainable future.

Download the paper here.


Local Government Reform for Sustainability: Joint Session with the Centre for Sustainable Cities
Monday 24 August, 12.45-1.00pm, Lecture Theatre 1 Old Government Buildings, Bunny Street, Wellington.

Mike Reid is the Manager of Governance at Local Government New Zealand. His responsibilities range from local government legislation, funding and elections to social issues and the promotion of local democracy. He also lectures in local government in Victoria University's Masters of Public Policy Programme.

Download the slides here.


The Countdown to Copenhagen: Key Climate Change Policy Issues for New Zealand - Seminar Series
Emissions Trading - Harmonization with Australia: Issues and Options

Friday 31 July 2009, 12.30-1.30pm, Rutherford House, Lecture Theatre Two, Bunny Street, Wellington.

Alastair Cameron is a Senior Solicitor in the public law and commercial teams at Buddle Findlay. His practice involves advising clients in the public and private sectors about the commercial and regulatory aspects of climate change and emissions trading. In 2007 and 2008, Alastair was seconded to the Emissions Trading Group to assist with the drafting of the emissions trading scheme legislation.

Download the slides here.

Peter Wilson is Group Manager Climate Change at Vector Limited. He manages Vector’s group strategy, policy and specific initiatives related to climate change and energy emissions. Peter joined Vector in 2008 after 17 years with the Treasury, where his last assignment was with the Emissions Trading Group. He was responsible for providing advice to Ministers on scheme design and leading the team that prepared the legislation introducing the ETS.

Download the slides here.


Assessing the Cost of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Friday 7 August 2009, 12.30-1.30pm, Rutherford House, Lecture Theatre Two, Bunny Street, Wellington.

Adolf Stroombergen has a PhD in general equilibrium modelling and 25 years of experience in economic consulting, specialising in economic modelling, econometrics and public policy research in areas such as education, taxation, savings and retirement, energy and environment, trade and transport. He was an Expert Reviewer for the IPCC Working Group II, Third and Fourth Assessment Re­ports.

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Dr Geoff Bertram was until recently a Senior Lecturer in Econom­ics at Victoria University where his research interests included climate change policy, including modeling work, regulation of public utility industries such as electricity, gas and telecommunications. His most recent presentation on his work was early in July at the Cambridge Electricity Policy Research Group-MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Research Joint Annual

Download the slides here.


An ETS Plus: The Role of Complementary Measures
Friday 14 August 2009, 12.30-1.30pm, Rutherford House, Lecture Theatre Two, Bunny Street, Wellington.

Associate Professor Ralph Chapman directs the Graduate Programme in Environmental Studies at Victoria University. An environmental economist, he has worked on energy, transport, urban design and climate change. He’s also worked with the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment, the NZ Treasury; the British Treasury in Whitehall; the OECD, in the Beehive, and as a negotiator for New Zealand of the Kyoto Protocol. Ralph has a first class honours in engineering, a Masters in public policy, and a PhD in economics.

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Dr Sean Weaver is a Senior Associate of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies and Principal, Carbon Partnership Ltd. – a climate policy, carbon market project design, and education consultancy. He has over 20 years experience as a practitioner/educator in environ­mental policy and management and experience and a track record in carbon project design, project fund raising, and project manage­ment, together with domestic and international climate change policy (New Zealand, Vanuatu, and Fiji).


Copenhagen and its Implications for New Zealand
Wednesday 19 August 2009, 12.30-1.30pm, Old Government Buildings, Lecture Theatre Four, Bunny Street, Wellington.

Hon Tim Groser is Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues (International Negotiations), Minister of Trade, Minister of Conser­vation and Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Prior to becoming an MP Tim Croser was New Zealand’s Chief Negotiator at the GATT Uruguay Round and a New Zealand Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation. He has acted as policy adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group and the Treasury.


The State of Play in the Debate over U.S. Domestic Climate Policy
Friday 21 August 2009, 12.30-1.30pm, Railway West Wing, Room 501, Bunny Street, Wellington

Kate Cecys is an International Fellow at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change – a leading think tank in Washington DC. Her work at the Pew Center includes tracking climate-related policy develop­ment internationally, researching international policy issues, and facilitating dialogue with governments and stakeholders. Before joining the Pew Center, Ms Cecys held several climate change positions with the Australian Government. As a senior policy officer in the Department of Climate Change she represented Australia in United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotia­tions on scientific, inventory and forestry issues.

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For the slides from Kate's rountable contribution click here.


Hon Simon Power Discusses - Plans for the Criminal Justice System in New Zealand
Thursday 23 July 2009, 12.30-1.30pm, Rutherford House, Lecture Theatre Two, Bunny Street, Wellington.

In this seminar Hon Simon Power, Minister of Justice, will discuss his plans for the criminal justice system in New Zealand.

In its first 100 days, the National led Government dealt with immediate concerns about public safety and fairness in the justice system. The Minister will review these initiatives and outline plans for reform of the criminal justice system to address the underlying drivers of crime and overhaul criminal justice procedure.

To view the seminar click here.


Climate Change and Migration in the South Pacific region: Policy Perspectives
9th and 10th July 2009

Migration has been a means by which individuals and communities respond to changes in their natural environment for millennia. However, despite the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warning in 1990 that human migration and displacement might be the single greatest impact of climate change, the issue is one that has remained relatively unexplored.

Within the South Pacific region are countries which are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Some countries in the region are already experiencing population movement due to environmental events and processes likely to be exacerbated by future climate change. Others are, at a certain threshold of climate change, at risk of disappearing altogether. The extent to which climate change might lead to population movement in the coming decades therefore raises substantial domestic and international policy challenges.

The aim of this conference is to bring a multi-disciplinary focus to bear on this issue. Drawing on a range of international, regional, and domestic speakers, it will examine the potential drivers of regional migration in a climate change affected world, its potential impacts, and possible policy responses.

Keynote Speaker
Phillipe Boncour Head of International Dialogue on Migration Division, International Organisation for Migration, Geneva.

Download the flyer here.

Thursday 9th and Friday 10th July 2009
Venue: Lecture Theatre Two, Rutherford House, Bunny Street, Wellington.
Registration:; there is no cost for registration.

Programme and downloads

Thursday 9th July

Session 1 - Climate Change in the South Pacific Region - The Science

Doug Ramsay, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Projected Environmental Impacts Linked to Climate Change in the South Pacific Region. Download the presentation here.

Session 2 - Environmentally Induced Migration in the South Pacific Region: Current Trends

Joe Konno, Office of Environment and Emergency Management, Federated States of Micronesia, Environmental Degradation and Migration: The Experiences of FSM. Download the presentation here.

Brian Philllips, National Advisory Committee on Climate Change, Vanuatu, Environmental Degradation and Migration: The Experiences of Vanuatu. Download the presentation here.

Associate Professor Tony Whincup, School of Visual and Material Culture, Massey University, Water on Water: The Threat of Climate Change upon Traditional Practices in Kiribati. Download the presentation here.

Session 3 - Non-Migratory Responses to Climate Change: Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation in the Pacific Islands Region

Paul Eastwood, NZAID, Environment and Development: NZAID Support to Building Adaptive Capacity in the Pacific. Download the presentation here.

Professor Roger Zetter, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University (pre-recorded video)
Climate Change, Migration and Rights Projection. Download the presentation here.

Session 4 - Climate Change, Migration and the Community

Dr Colin Tukuitonga and Dr Debbie McLeod, Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Potential Impacts of Climate Change Migration on Pacific Families Living in NZ. Download the presentation here.

Session 5 - International Policy Issues and Challenges

Dr Adrian Macey, New Zealand Climate Change Ambassador, Global or Regional Management of Migration in Context of Climate Change. Download the presentation here.

Helen Plume, Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Migration in the Context of the Nairobi Work Programme on Adaption (NWPA). Download the presentation here.

Session 6 - Implications for NZ Immigration Policy

Professor Richard Bedford, Population Studies Centre, University of Waikato, Environmentally Induced Migration within the Context of Existing Migration Patterns. Download the presentation here.

Stephen Dunstan and Geraldine Canham-Harvey, Climate Change and Migration in the South Pacific: Issues and Possible Immigration Responses. Download the presentation here.

Session 7 - The Global Context: The European Union's EACH-FOR Project

Olivia Dun, United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security, Overview of the EACH-FOR project. Download the presentation here.


Call for Papers for a Conference on The Ethical Foundations of Public Policy
Thursday 10 and Friday 11 December 2009


A major conference on the Ethical Foundations of Public Policy will be held in Wellington in mid December 2009. It is being hosted by the Institute of Policy Studies (School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington), in association with the Philosophy Programme (Victoria University of Wellington) and the Centre for Theology and Public Issues (University of Otago), and sponsored by the ANZSOG Trust. The conference will be opened by Rt Hon Bill English (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance), with closing remarks by Iain Rennie (the State Services Commissioner).

The purpose of the event is to encourage and facilitate debate about the ethical basis for policy making, both in terms of the principles that should inform the behaviour of individual policy analysts and decision makers and the normative considerations that should guide choices over the substantive content of particular policies. To help achieve this objective, the conference will bring together policy makers (i.e. politicians, government officials, political advisers, etc.) and academics/researchers working in a range of disciplines, including economics, law, philosophy, politics, religious studies and theology. Five specific sub-themes have been identified for particular attention: the ethics of advice giving; the ethics of decision making; the nature of justice; protecting the global commons; and measuring progress.

Keynote Speakers

A significant number of internationally-recognized scholars and politicians have agreed to contribute to the conference. The six keynote speakers are:

  1. Professor John Broome (White’s Professor Moral Philosophy, Oxford University)
  2. Professor Tom Campbell (Convenor, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University, Canberra)
  3. Professor William Galston (Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings Institution, Washington DC; the Ezra K. Zikha Chair in Governance Studies)
  4. Meg Munn MP (former Minister for Women and Equality, and Foreign Office Minster, London)
  5. Professor Thomas Pogge (Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs, Yale University, and CAPPE, Australian National University)
  6. Professor John Uhr (Crawford School of Economics and Government, Australian National University)
  7. Professor Jonathan Wolff (Head of Department of Philosophy, University College London)

Call for Papers

The conference organizers are seeking papers on a variety of topics related to the broad theme of the conference – the ethical foundations of public policy. While papers that focus upon one or other of the five sub-themes (the ethics of advice giving, the ethics of decision making, the nature of justice, protecting the global commons, and measuring progress) will be given priority, papers on other issues of relevance to the aims of the conference are also welcome. Papers are invited from academics/researchers and post-graduates working in a range of disciplines, from current and former public officials and politicians, and from people involved in government relations and civil society groups.

Those wishing to contribute a paper are invited to prepare an abstract for submission to the conference organizers by 12 June 2009. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words, and include the author’s name and contact details. The abstracts will be peer reviewed, and decisions made by 17 July on which papers will be accepted for presentation at the conference. Full conference papers should not exceed 7,000 words. It is expected that a selection of the best papers will be published in an edited volume (or volumes) during 2010.

Abstracts should be submitted to by Friday 12 June 2009.

For further information, please contact:

Professor Jonathan Boston
Director, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies
Chair, Programme Committee for the conference on The Ethical Foundations of Public Policy

Venue: Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus, Victoria University of Wellington


IPS half day roundtable on the review of electoral finance:
Friday 29 May

The Institute of Policy Studies hosted a half-day roundtable under Chatham House rule on Friday 29 May to discuss electoral finance. Dialogue took place in the context of the now repealed Electoral Finance Act 2007 and the need for new legislation to be in place by late 2010 for the next general election. This roundtable brought together around 20 interested parties from academia, watchdog organisations, the legal profession, the public service and the media to discuss the contents of the Electoral Finance Reform: Issues Paper (hereafter “the Issues Paper”) produced by the Ministry of Justice.

A note summarising the key themes identified by the participants is available to download here.

The Issues Paper and further information about the consultation process can be found at


Lunchtime Seminar on the Regulation of Electoral Funding in New Zealand
Friday 29 May

Associate Professor Andrew Geddis presented a lunchtime seminar entitled The Regulation of Electoral Funding in New Zealand: What are the big issues? on Friday 29 May. Andrew teaches at the University of Otago, and has a particular research interest in the field of electoral law. He is the author of Electoral Law in New Zealand: Practice and Policy, as well as numerous articles on the regulation of election funding. This event was organised by Transparency International (NZ), the School of Government and the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies.

Download his slides here.


A series of three lunchtime seminars that have been presented by the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University and the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand
26 May, Tuesday 2 June and 9 June

The 2009 Budget and the Implications for the Public Sector by Brenda Pilott and John Yeabsley: Tuesday 9 June

Brenda Pilott is one of two national secretaries of the Public Service Association. Prior to joining the PSA in 2004, she was a public servant for 11 years, working mainly in social policy, including five years as General Manager Policy at the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services. She has also worked in the voluntary sector and local government in New Zealand and the UK. Brenda is a member of the management board of the Institute of Public Administration and the Victoria University of Wellington Council.

John Yeabsley is a senior fellow at the Institute of Economic Research (NZIER). He has worked in a variety of policy areas, addressing and solving problems for clients. He has an in-depth knowledge of many facets of the New Zealand economy and of the policy scene. John worked in the public sector for 25 years mostly advising on and managing the delivery of economic policy, but was also in general management, acted as director of an investment bank and served as a trade diplomat.

Download John's slides here.

Download Brenda's slides here and speech here.


The 2009 Budget and the Macroeconomic Outlook by Jean-Pierre De Raad and Derek Gill
Tuesday 2 June

Jean-Pierre De Raad is the Chief Executive of the NZ Institute of Economic Research (NZIER). He has provided economic advice on a wide range of public policy issues, ranging from an evaluation of a health service contracting method to estimating the relationship between electricity firms’ costs and the quality of their services. Jean-Pierre is also closely involved in the NZIER benchmarking of the quality of policy advice. From October 2003 to October 2004, he was the national policy manager at ACC.

Derek Gill is a senior public servant on secondment to the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies. He is leading the public management stream of the Emerging Issues Project (EIP) underway between the IPS and the Public Service. Derek has also prepared research papers on the changing organisational structure of the New Zealand state sector and the challenges of governing at arms-length through Crown entities. Derek’s focus is on public administration and management based on his work at MSD (CYF), the State Services Commission and the Treasury.

Download slides here.


Credit securitisation and system stability seminar presented by Dawn Lorimer
Tuesday 26 May

The leveraging of credit that precipitated the subprime crisis was vectored via a proliferation of investment vehicles and credit derivatives, driven in part by competitive pressures to enhance returns by economising on economic capital. Theoretically, this should have spread risk and improved economic efficiency, but in practice it exposed the system to a meltdown. Critical points for system stability are the certification of credit equivalence required by decentralised information trading, and the portfolio equivalence of credit default swaps and physical loan books.  Deficiencies can pass via systematic risk to systemic risk.

Download slides here.


Roundtable discussions on the recession
The Institute of Policy Studies and the New Zealand Institute are hosting roundtable discussions on the global economic crisis.

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Renewable Energy Uptake in New Zealand Cities: The Vision and Barriers
Wednesday 1 April 2009

The School of Government and The Institute for Governance and Policy Studies of Victoria University in association with The New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities invited you to a seminar by Dr Eric Martinot.

Dr. Martinot is Senior Research Director with the Tokyo-based Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP), Senior Research Fellow with the US World Watch Institute and a lead author and research director of the widely-used REN21 Renewables Global Status Report, produced annually since 2005.


Eliminating World Poverty Symposium
Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March

The Millenium Development Goals (MDG) symposium was hosted by the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, in partnership with Oxfam New Zealand, the Council for International Development and the British High Commission, Wellington.

With the signing of the UN Millennium Declaration in September 2000, the international community made a pledge to "spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanising conditions of extreme poverty".  This commitment was translated into the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aimed to achieve the following by 2015:

  • Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger 
  • Achieve universal primary education
  • Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Reduce child mortality
  • Improve maternal health
  • Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
  • Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Develop a global partnership for development

These eight goals were underpinned by much more specific targets (and indicators), such as halving the proportion of people living on less than US$1 per day, and reducing by two-thirds the rate of under-five mortality. At a UN meeting in New York in September 2008, global leaders again pledged commitment to these and to a further set of goals. And further money was pledged by countries, charities, foundations and business – US$16 billion in new pledges.

But, half-way through the commitment period, is the world half-way towards meeting these targets? What progress has been made and what remains to be done? What are the implications closer to home, for New Zealand as a donor and for our regional neighbours in the Pacific?

This symposium discussed the MDGs and their specific targets, and assessed what has been achieved thus far, giving particular attention to progress in the Pacific. It also considered what further steps the world community must take in order to ensure that these goals are fully realized, including New Zealand’s contribution to the global effort.

Programme and downloads

Friday 20 March

Welcome, Professor Jonathan Boston. Download the welcome speech here.

Dr Jackie Blue, Host and Chair, NZ Parliamentarian’s Group on Population and Development. Download the presentation here.

John Hayes ONZM, Chair, Foreign Affairs and Defence and Trade Select Committee. Download the presentation here.

Gillian Merron, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (pre-recorded audio-visual)

Youth group feedback from earlier schools session

Salil Shetty, Director, United Nations Millennium Campaign Introductory Remarks

Saturday 21 March

Session 1: The Global Context

Chair: Professor John Overton (Director, Development Studies, Victoria University)

Welcome:  Professor John Overton

Phil Twyford (Labour spokesman for disarmament and arms control and associate spokesman for foreign affairs and development assistance), New Zealand’s role in supporting the Pacific to achieve the MDGs, Download the presentation here.

Barry Coates, Executive Director, Oxfam NZ, The role of civil society, Download the presentation here.

Keynote address
Professor Paul Collier (Professor of Economics, Oxford University)(pre-recorded audio-visual), New instruments for old problems, Download the keynote here (video file).

Minouche Shafik, Permanent Secretary, Department of International Development, UK (pre-recorded audio-visual). Download the presentation here (video file).

Sue Bassett (Department of International Development, UK), Progress to date: the evidence, Download the presentation here.

Panel Discussion

Session 2: The Pacific Dimension: a stocktake on progress

Chair: David Culverhouse (Executive Director, Council for International Development)

Professor John Overton (Director, Development Studies, Victoria University)
The development challenge: New Zealand and the Pacific, Download the presentation here.
Dr Will Park (Chief of Policy, Advocacy, Planning and Evaluation, UNICEF Pacific)
Achieving Results for Children: UNICEF's analysis of and response to Pacific MDG progress,Download the presentation here.

David Abbott (UNDP Pacific Regional Macro Economic and Poverty Reduction Advisor)
Report on UNDP Workshop in Fiji, Download the presentation here.

Panel Discussion

Session 3: Development in the Pacific: the Impact of Global Trends and Shocks           
Chair: Barry Coates, (Executive Director, Oxfam NZ)
Dr Geoff Bertram (Senior Lecturer, School of Economics and Finance, Victoria University)
Aid, poverty and the financial crisis, Download the presentation here.

Professor Richard Warrick (Professor of Climate Change Adaptation, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia, Impact of climate change risks.

Dame Carol Kidu (Minister for Community Development, Papua New Guinea)
Maternal health in PNG - reality, challenges and possible solutions, Download the presentation here.

Dr Alice Pollard (Director, “Leadership Solomons”, Solomon Islands)
Micro-financing: A Case Study.

2.15-2.50         Panel Discussion

Session 4: Call to Action
Chair: Professor Jonathan Boston (Director, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University)

Vijay Naidu, (Head, School of Governance and Development Studies, University of the South Pacific) , Changing gears on achieving the MDGs in the Pacific Islands


Keynote address:  
Salil Shetty (Director, United Nations Millennium Campaign)
Countdown 2015 – citizens’ action for MDG achievement, Download the presentation here.


Concluding Remarks: Professor Jonathan Boston


Climate Change: Post 2012 Global Policy Issues - Roundtable Series 2009

Since 2007 the IPS has been hosting a series of roundtable discussions involving a range of stakeholders on the broad topic of: The Post-2012 Global Policy Framework for Climate Change: Issues, Options and Implications for New Zealand. The issues under discussion have been many and varied, but have included:

  • What is the post-2012 global policy framework for climate change likely to look like? What are the prospects of a multilateral deal on a second commitment period (whether under the Kyoto Protocol or another Protocol) being negotiated, and if a new deal is struck at the end of 2009 (or soon afterwards), what form is it likely to take?
  • What are the likely implications for NZ of a post-2012 multilateral deal? For instance, what kind of ‘responsibility’ target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions might NZ be expected to take on? What implications might there be for specific sectors (e.g. agriculture and forestry) and particular industries (e.g. aluminum, steel and cement)?
  • And what are the implications for NZ if there is no new multilateral deal, including no agreement to extend the first commitment period? If there is a post-2012 multilateral agreement on climate change (including a second commitment period), what does NZ want such an agreement to include (and not include) and how can NZ influence the world community to embrace its preferences.

The first roundtable for 2009 was held on 17 March in Wellington. It focused on the issue of post-2012 targets, and in particular the criteria for setting responsibility targets for Annex 1 parties. There were two formal presentations: the first by Murray Ward (of GtripleC) on "Assessing Comparability" and the second by Ben Gleisner (of the Treasury) on "Post-2012 Emission Reduction Targets: What constitutes a fair level of effort for individual parties?"

Download the 'Post-2012 Roundtable: Briefing Paper: ASSESSING COMPARABILITY' here.

Download the presentation 'Post-2012 Emission Reduction Targets' here.


Burning Issues: Climate Change, Science, and Religion, Making Climate Change a Religious Issue
Tuesday 10 March

The Institute of Policy Studies and the VUW Anglican Chaplaincy were pleased to invite you to this seminar presented by Professor Bob White.

Why does scepticism persist around the idea that global climate change is caused by human activity?  Such attitudes have been particularly prevalent in some conservative religious groupings.  In this presentation, Bob White summarises the scientific evidence for anthropogenic climate change, and offers a theological and ethical analysis suggesting why Christians and other religious believers should take climate change seriously in their faith and practice.

Bob White is Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Society.  He is also Associate Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion (  Among other things, Professor White’s research considers the dynamic nature of the earth’s crust, and the impact of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.  With Nick Spencer, he is co-author of the recent book Christianity, Climate Change and Sustainable Living (SPCK, 2007).

Download Welcome to Prof Bob White here.


Addressing the underlying causes of offending; What is the evidence?
Thursday 26 and Friday 27 February

This forum was being hosted by Dr Gabrielle Maxwell, Dr Andrew Ladley, Kim Workman and Assoc Prof Michael Rowe on behalf of IPS.

Minister of Justice, Hon Simon Power, Dr. Cynthia Kiro, Judge Andrew Becroft, Judge Russell Johnston, Justice Lowell Goddard, Prof. Tony Ward, Em. Prof. Tony Taylor, Dr. Ian Lambie, Rev. Hone Kaa, Haami Priripi, Julia Hennessy, Prof. David Fergusson, Dr. Jan Jordan, Tony Paine, Prof. Phil Brinded, Kim Workman and others.

Download Simon Power's opening speech here.

The Government has signaled an ambitious legislative programme aimed at “addressing the underlying causes of offending”. The goal of the forum was to bring together researchers and practitioners who can contribute to preparing a report on the relevant evidence together with those key policy makers and sector leaders for whom this evidence is most relevant.

Program and Downloads:

Day One: 26 February 2009

Key issues for New Zealand today

  • Children, parenting and education from the perspective of addressing the causes of offending:  Dr Cindy Kiro. Download the paper here and the presentation here.
  • Addressing causes of offending:  Are there lessons to be learnt from the Youth Court: Judge Andrew Becroft. Download the paper here and the presentation here.

Core themes in crime and punishment

  • Punishment and correctional practice; Ethical implications: Prof Tony Ward. Download the paper here and the presentation here.
  • New Zealand’s obligations under international law.  What influence have they had on our criminal justice system?  Robert Ludbrook. Download the paper here.
  • Misconceptions about indigenous, intellectual and cultural property:  Chief of Ahipara Haami Piripi. Download the presentation here.

Early intervention, prevention and support for families

  • An early call; New Zealand’s place on the league table of rich countries for early childhood care and education and implications for later life: Barbara Lambourn. Download the presentation here.
  • The physical punishment of children; Effects and evolution:  Beth Wood. Download the paper here and the presentation here.
  • Papaki kore:  No smacking for Maori:  Rev Dr Hone Kaa. Download the paper here and the presentation here.

Early intervention continued

  • Can Foster and Kin Care head the trauma that predisposes offending:  Dr Jill Worrall. Download the paper here and the presentation here.
  • Evidence for Foster Care as an effective intervention for children at risk of antisocial outcomes:  Dave Robertson. Download the paper here and presentation here.

Responding to young offenders 

  • Facts, facets and fallacies, the truth about youth justice in New Zealand – current status and future possibilities: Dr Ian Lambie and Dr John Langley. Download the presentation here.
  • Maori youth offenders:  What works and what does not work – cultural assessment:  Lavinia Nathan. Download the paper here and the presentation here.

Responding to young offenders continued

  • Boys in prison:  What about their education:  Susan Baragwanath. Download the paper here and the presentation here.
  • Reflections from the practice:  The UK “Every Child Matters’ Children’s strategy:  Julia Hennessy. Download the presentation here.

Plenary: The  prevention, treatment and management of conduct problems in childhood and adolescence: Prof  David  Fergusson, Reflections: Judge Carolyn Henwood, Beverley Wakem, Download the paper here and the presentation here. Download Beverley Wakem's reflection paper here , Carolyn Henwood's reflection here and BeverleyWakem's reflection here.

Day Two: 27 February 2009

Key Issues

  • Challenges for criminal courts:  Judge Russell Johnson. Download the paper here.
  • Human rights and policing:  Justice Lowell Goddard. Download the presentation here.
  • Policing in a changing world:  Key issues facing New Zealand Police:  Mike Webb. Download the paper here.

Understanding and responding to victims

  • Lest we forget: Recognising and validating victims' needs: Dr Jan Jordan. Download the paper here and the presentation here .
  • Victim support, victims’ rights: an agenda for prevention: Tony Paine. Download the paper here and the presentation here.
  • The forgotten victims: The effects of imprisonment on families/Whānau: Dr Venezia Kingi. Download the paper here and the presentation here.

Understanding and responding to criminal offending

  • Changing crime rates?:  Dr Gabrielle Maxwell. Download the paper here and the presentation here.
  • Policing and ‘cracking down on crime’:  tough questions and tough answers:  Assoc Prof Michael Rowe. Download the paper here and the presentation here.
  • Changing the broken record: Contemporary theory and data on Maori offending: Dr Simone Bull. Download the paper here and the presentation here.

Response from: Supt  Wallace Haumaha. Download the paper here.

Prisons and reintegration

  • Human rights and prisons:  Evaluating the current situation:  Dr Elizabeth Stanley. Download the paper here and presentation here.
  • The effects of long-term imprisonment:  Em Prof Tony Taylor. Download the paper here and the presentation here.
  • Prisoner reintegration:  Towards a model of community partnership:  Kim Workman. Download the short version of the paper here (and the long version here) and the presentation here.

Final Reflections

  • Justice Eddie Durie
  • Mel Smith; Download the paper here.
  • Ass Prof James Liu; Download the paper here.


Lunchtime seminar held on 27 February

This seminar was jointly hosted by SOG/IPS and the NZ Treasury.

Download Megan Quinn's (Australian Federal Treasury) presentation on Australia's Low Pollution Future here.


Meeting the EU 2°Climate target: regional emission and abatement costs implication
Friday 5th February 2009

Presented by Michel den Elzen

You are invited to watch this Mediasite presentation:


Duration: 79 : 50


Offenders and their Victims: Restorative Approaches
Tuesday 3rd February

presented by Professor Otmar Hagemann, Kiel University of Applied Sciences.

Finding ways to help prisoners understand and respond appropriately to their victims is an important part of both balancing the scales of justice and of reducing the likelihood of further offending. Professor Otmar Hagemann, from Kiel University of Applied Sciences, works in this area in Germany. Here in New Zealand we too have developed some very effective strategies. We would like to invite you to participate in sharing our knowledge in a colloquium that also involves key local groups who work in this area.