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NEWS: November 2016: Preliminary results of Whistling While They Work 2 report released.

Between April and August 2016, 702 Australian and New Zealand organisations participated in a short but ground-breaking survey on their whistleblowing processes, as the first stage in their participation in the project. The results allow the first systematic comparison of processes between the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, from the largest number of organisations believed to have participated in one survey, worldwide.

Read the report here.

28 November: Smart Regulation: Lessons from the sharing economy and the vapour revolution

Proponents of regulations and taxes on products increasingly justify interventions as “nudges” – intended to prod consumers to take better decisions. But do consumers really need government to nudge them? Are there more effective ways to enable consumers to make better decisions?
Using as examples the revolution in nicotine delivery systems (especially vape products such as “electronic cigarettes”) and sharing economy services (Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, etc.), Julian Morris will present evidence that in many cases online information sharing offers a more individualized way for consumers to acquire reliable and relevant information about and effect improvements in product quality.

Speaker: Julian Morris is Vice President of Research at Reason Foundation, a US-based think tank. An expert on the regulation of risk, Mr Morris is the author of over 50 scholarly articles and several books, including, most recently “The Vapour Revolution: How Bottom Up Innovation is Saving Lives.” He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Senior Fellow at the International Center for Law and Economics. Mr Morris has spoken in New Zealand numerous times and testified before New Zealand’s Royal Commission on Genetic Modification.

27-28 October: Advancing Better Government through Legislative Stewardship Conference

How do we design legislative and regulatory systems so that we can protect the interests of the future, including those of our future selves and future generations?
Stewardship—active planning and management of regulation and legislation advice—is a statutory obligation for chief executives and, through them, the New Zealand public service. This conference will bring together leading drafters, officials and academics to address legislative stewardship—not only what it is but, most importantly, how we can all practise it.


Confirmed speakers on Day 1 include: Professor Jonathan Boston, Victoria University; Miriam Dean QC, barrister; Dr Rory Gallagher and Lee McCauley, Behavioural Insights Team; Richard Wallace, Parliamentary Counsel Office; Tania Warburton, Legislative Design and Advisory Committee; Associate Professor Michael Macaulay, Victoria University; Professor GEoff McLay, Victoria University; Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC, Victoria University; Mamari Stephens, Victoria University; Max Rashbrooke, Victoria University.


4th October: Dilmah's Philosophy of Caring and Sharing: A conversation with Merrill Fernando
When Merrill Fernando joined the tea industry in Sri Lanka in the 1950s, he observed that Sri Lankan tea was treated as a raw material and shipped at nominal value to Europe where value addition, branding and packing took place. As a result, producers of Sri Lankan tea received a tiny fraction of the profits from the sale of their tea, while large corporations benefited disproportionately. Fernando has dedicated his career to addressing this inequity.
Fernando’s love for tea led him to establish the Dilmah brand in 1988 which was founded on a passionate commitment to quality and authenticity in tea. Dilmah was also part of a philosophy that went beyond commerce in seeing business as a matter of human service.
Fernando also pioneered the concept of single origin tea and packaging tea garden fresh, at source. These initiatives pitched Fernando directly against corporations many times the size of his tiny and fledgling business, and it also brought him into conflict with his peers and the Sri Lankan government who did not share his belief that tea could be picked and shipped direct from origin by growers themselves.
In this talk, Merrill Fernando will share his journey in the tea industry and discuss how he built a global brand against the back drop of civil war and economic inequity.
Merrill FernandoMerrill Fernando is the founder and Chairperson of Dilmah, the world’s only ethically produced tea, which retains all the profits in his country and they are shared with the poor and the wider community through the MJF Charitable Foundation ( He is equally conscience of the sustainability of the industry and the importance of protecting the environment  In recognition of the commitment to his philosophy of making Business a matter of Human Service, he was awarded the prestigious Business for Peace Award in Oslo in 2015 by the Noble Peace Laureates Committee.  
: Letter by IGPS Chair, Helen Sutch, published in the Financial Times of 24th September
TTIP and its cognates - the Big Read of 23 September
Sir, It was a surprise that you interpreted the growing opposition to the TTIP and its cognates as resistance to the globalisation of trade ("A political trade-off", The Big Read, September 23). Opposition to trade is not the issue. These agreements represent a charter for international corporations to enforce their law and policy preferences on sovereign countries (in e.g. health care, pharmaceuticals, education, security, climate change policies, environmental protection, workers' rights, and more). Businesses in participating countries will be able to sue governments by arguing that the laws and policies passed by Parliament and government respectively are prejudicial to their ability to make profits. Bypassing the country's own judiciary, cases will be heard in private investor-state dispute resolution tribunals, in which adjudicators are private sector lawyers. The threat is to the constitutional and democratic rights of the country's own Parliament, government and independent judiciary to determine its own laws and policies and adjudicate challenges to them.

A second consideration is geopolitical, particularly in the Pacific region, where the powers of China and the USA are delicately balanced. President Obama is on record as saying that the TTPA will show who is in charge in the region. It is unlikely to be as simple as that.

Helen Sutch
Wellington, New Zealand
23 September: Designing for the Greater Good - Design thinking and innovation in Government
There are many (probably too many) books out in the marketplace promising to tell public managers how to solve problems, innovate and manage constant change. But not everything with a glossy cover has much hope of working in the real world.
Fortunately there’s a promising new idea in both the public and private sectors, one which gets us the best of both worlds by bringing together our ‘right brained’ creative thinking and our ‘left brained’ analytical thinking.

Design thinking is a new way of linking the new buzz word of innovation with some older but enduring values - efficiency and effectiveness.  Using deep insights into service users or customers and with a committed learning mindset, design thinking can add a great new tool to the public manager’s solution-seeking tool kit.
Speakers: Professor Jeanne Liedtka, ANZSOG Visiting Scholar, Professor of Management, Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia. Lis Cowey, Principal Advisor, The Treasury. Moderator: Dr Michael Macaulay, Director IGPS
6 September: Better Policy - Child's Play

Child-centred thinking" is a hot topic in the public sector, as agencies prepare to work together in the new child-centred operating model that will replace CYF and reform the care and protection and youth justice systems. But what exactly does "child-centred" mean, and how does it apply to the wider policy process?
This talk will provide a taster in child-centred thinking and practical tools for considering children in policy, both when children are the target, and when they could be impacted by policies targeted at others. We will cover what it means to be child-centred, questions to ask in the policy process, when and how to engage directly with children, examples of successful impact assessments and consultations, and children’s rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It will be relevant to all policy-makers.

Holly Walker is Principal Advisor in the Advocacy Team at the OCC, where she works on child-centred policy advice, co-ordinates the Office’s work on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and co-authors the annual State of Care report on Child, Youth and Family. She is a previous Member of Parliament, policy analyst, press secretary, treaty negotiator and Rhodes Scholar.
Dr Kathleen Logan is Senior Advisor at OCC, working on structures to advocate for child wellbeing, including online tools and resources such as and /Giving2Kids. Kathleen was Senior Strategy Analyst at MBIE and Manager of Policy and Evaluation at the Royal Society of New Zealand following a career as a scientist in NZ and the UK.


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29 August: Developing Age-Friendly Communities: New directions for public policy and ageing communities

This presentation will examine issues and interventions associated with building age-friendly communities (AFCs). The talk will review the origins of this approach, highlighting in particular the work of the World Health Organisation and the global network of age-friendly cities and communities. The presentation will consider practical examples of age-friendly initiatives drawing on work in Europe and North America. The talk will also review some of the challenges involved in successful implementation of the AFC model. The presentation will conclude with a policy agenda for taking forward the age-friendly debate, focusing on a range of issues around social inclusion, participation and community engagement.

Speaker: Professor Christopher Phillipson, professsor of Gerontology and co-director of Manchester Institute for Comparative Research on Ageing at Manchester University, since 2013. Before coming to Manchester he was Professor of Applied Social Studies and Social Gerontology at Keele University where he founded the Centre for Social Gerontology. During his time at Keele Professor Phillipson served as Head of the Department of Applied Social Studies, Research Dean for Social Sciences and as Pro-Vice Chancellor for Learning and Academic Development and continues to hold an honorary position at Keele University. He is a former Deputy-Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Training and Development Board UK. In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the British Gerontological Society and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America in 2012. In 2011 he received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the British Society of Gerontology. He has served as member of the Advisory Committee of the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme and was a member of the Advisory Board of the Norwegian Lifecourse, Ageing and Generations Panel Study


NEWS 25 August: Prime Minister praises frameworks to lift public policy performance

A programme to lift policy quality and capability across the public service will benefit the lives of all New Zealanders, according to one of its chief supporters, the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister John Key said New Zealand’s public service was well respected globally. But there was always room for improvement and the project to improve policy quality across government, known as the Policy Project, was designed to deliver on that.
“New Zealand is fortunate in the calibre of people who are attracted into the public service. They have helped successive administrations steer our country through difficult problems, seize opportunities and position us as a confident, outward looking, open and optimistic country.

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19 August: Does Regulation Kill Jobs?

 We know regulation creates jobs for regulators - but what about in the market economy? This is not just a theoretical question for economists. The sometimes ferocious debate between those who claim that burdensome regulations undermine private sector competitiveness and job growth, and those who argue that tough new regulations actually create jobs at the same time that they provide other benefits, has serious and long lasting economic, social and environmental consequences.

ANZSOG Visiting Scholar at VUW, Professor Cary Coglianese has edited and contributed to a highly regarded book of this name which carefully and exhaustively canvasses this critical contemporary dilemma. Join Cary and New Zealand's own Dr Peter Mumford in conversation on an issue which affects us all.

Speaker: Professor Cary Coglianese, Edward B Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
17 August: Engage Wellington!
Join Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) and the Institute of Governance and Policy Studies (IGPS) in the move to put the local back in local politics. Come and meet the candidates for the 2016 Mayoral election and hear them speak on transparency, strong integrity systems and what it means to them and YOUR community. As part of the 2016 Local Government Elections, TINZ is providing platforms around New Zealand for mayoral candidates to discuss subjects such as managing diversity, preventing corruption and progressing economic development strategies harvesting the benefits of New Zealand’s international reputation for integrity.
16 August: Surveillance Matters: Your life in a surveillance society
Surveillance, via new technology, is a defining feature of modern society.  It shapes our relations with others and determines our life chances.  Whilst surveillance is ubiquitous it is also subtle and often hidden from view.  This means that surveillance processes are abstract and difficult to interpret, let alone manage and control.  With this in mind, the governance of surveillance, including the regulation of data protection and privacy, the delivery of electronic public services and commercial marketing and profiling, assumes a critical status. In this lecture, Professor Webster will set out what it means to live in a surveillance society, with specific reference to how technologically mediated surveillance is governed, and how in a surveillance society public agencies become the guardians of our digital personas, and as such have a significant responsibility to ensure that the surveillance society works in our best interests.

Speaker: Professor William Webster is Professor of Public Policy and Management at the University of Stirling. He is the 2016 NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor, based at the School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington.  Professor Webster is a Director of CRISP, a research centre dedicated to understanding the social impacts and consequences of technologically mediated surveillance. Professor Webster has research expertise in the policy processes, regulation and governance of CCTV, surveillance in everyday life, privacy and surveillance ethics, as well as public policy relating to data protection and e-government. He is chair of the Scottish Privacy Forum and the LiSS COST Action, and is involved in a number of research projects, including IRISS, ASSERT and SmartGov. He is also chair of the Management, Work and Organization Division of the Stirling Management School.


5 August: You Say You Want a Revolution: Does public sector reform have a happy history?
International public management scholars frequently make their way to Wellington to admire the rigour, comprehensiveness and courage of NZ’s various grand schemes for public sector reform, the latest of which is of course Better Public Services.
But in all the excitement, it can be useful to bring the painstaking and sometimes sceptical eye of the professional historian to the last big reform, and the one before that. What did they really achieve and what’s left over from previous reform efforts which might actually be getting in the way of what we’re doing now?
For the view from both London and Wellington and the chance to contribute your own perspective, please join our two thought provoking speakers as they look both forward and back.

Speakers: Dr Catherine Haddon, historian at Institute for Government, UK; Colin James, political journalist and commentator; Dr Michael Macaulay, Director, IGPS. View the event flyer.


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29 July: Why Do Economists Think that Markets Work?

The centrepiece of economists’ advocacy of market solutions to public policy problems is the invisible hand doctrine attributed to the Scottish founder of the discipline, Adam Smith.  It is the idea that self-interested individuals operating in an appropriate institutional context (e.g. markets, secure property rights, free competition) generate a stable order and generally beneficial outcomes for society, though this need not have been their intention.  This idea has been dressed in mathematical garments and many caveats attached since Smith wrote, but it remains central to market advocacy.
This presentation will explore the background to invisible hand in Adam Smith’s writings, especially the religious context and the connection to the Christian doctrine of providence.  It will discuss the connection of the invisible hand to Smith’s concerns about rising inequality in the early stages of the industrial revolution in Britain, and his anxieties about the long term stability of the market society he saw emerging.  In view of this background, why do we believe it, and how did this idea come to dominate public policy discussion?

Professor Paul Oslington is the Inaugural Dean of Business and Professor of Economics at Alphacrucis College in Sydney. From 2008-2013 he was Professor of Economics at Australian Catholic University where he held a joint appointment in the School of Business and the School of Theology. From 2000-2008 Associate Professor of Economics at UNSW/ADFA. His primary area of research is the interdisciplinary field of economics and religion. Amongst his publications are Adam Smith as Theologian (Routledge, 2011) and the Oxford Handbook of Christianity and Economics (Oxford University Press, 2014), which he edited.


28 July: Australia's 2016 Election: The Final Countdown
Australia’s pre-eminent election analyst, Antony Green, gives an analysis of the 2016 election. As the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Election Analyst, Antony is the face of election night coverage in Australia. He has worked on more than 60 federal, state and territory elections, as well as local government elections, numerous by-elections and covered elections in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Canada for the ABC.  As well as his research and on-air work with the ABC, Antony designed the ABC's election night computer system and a number of the ABC election site's analysis tools including the predictive pendulum and Senate calculators.

Speaker: Antony Green. Antony studied at the University of Sydney and was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Pure Mathematics and Computer Science, and a Bachelor of Economics with Honours in politics. He was granted an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Sydney in 2014 and appointed an Adjunct Professor in the University of Sydney's Department of Government and International Relations in 2015. Antony's expertise is in electoral systems, voter behaviour and election night result modelling. He has prepared numerous publications for parliamentary libraries and contributes to parliamentary enquiries into elections.

22 July: We the Peoples: Global Citizenship and Constitutionalism
This conference explores the relationship between two new concepts emerging in the 21st century: ‘global citizenship’ and ‘global constitutionalism’.  It picks up on the phrase ‘We the Peoples’ from which the UN Charter derives its legitimacy. It explores what might this mean in the 21st c. for strengthening the constitutional basis at the global level, in all three branches of governance – executive, legislative, judicial.
Speakers: Dr Kennedy Graham, Director NZCGS; AProf Graham Hassall, School of Government, VUW; Prof Chris Gallavin, DVC, Massey University; Rod Oram, NZCGS Board; Prof Kevin Clements, Director Peach & Conflict Studies, Otago University; AProf Marjan van den Belt, AVC (Sustainability), VUW; Dr Jeremy Moses, School of Political Science, Canterbury University; AProf Michael Macaulay, Director IGPS, VUW.


20 July: The Panama Papers
Join us for a special event to explore the impacts and implications from the recent Panama Papers, both here in New Zealand and around the world. With the NZ Centre for International Economic Law and the Centre for Public Law at Victoria University
Speakers: Peter Bale, CE of Centre for Public Integrity; Dr Mark Bennett, School of Law, VUW; AProf Michael Macaulay, Director of IGPS. Chair: Professor Susy Frankel, School of Law, VUW.
6 July: Extra Terrestrial Jurisdictions: Soft law, hard choices?
Chris Newman is in New Zealand to discuss a number of issues relating to the legal aspects of exploring Space, both Lower Earth Orbit and beyond. Chris will discuss the military exploitation of space, the increasing commercialisation of space and the potential role of the criminal law in issues relating to space exploration

Speaker: Speaker: Dr Christopher Newman is Reader in Law at the University of Sunderland, UK. He is Europe’s leading expert on the legality of space.  He has written countless book chapters and articles and is a frequent advisor to the BBC and printed media in the UK and is a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL). Read more here.

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22 June: Start Local: let it happen, make it work

The one day workshop was aimed at those in government, local government, academics, business and community leaders and philanthropic funders with an interest in engaging with and building resilient communities. The programme was interactive, enabling participants to harvest what others in Aotearoa are learning, share your experience and assess transferrable practice. We can make it work.
21 June: Understanding the Public Sector in a Century of Change
For 30 years, Australian Governments of both political persuasions have gradually reduced the number of services provided directly by government to those most in need. What has been under-studied is the impact this has had on the public sector itself and its ability to design and deliver services, and develop policy. In an era when national challenges are global, inter-connected and complex, we need to reaffirm the role of an active public sector in effective government


Speaker: Rob Sturrock, a policy director at the Centre for Policy Development, Sydney, Australia.
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31 May: 'Are We There Yet?': Five Years on the Road to Addressing Child Poverty
It has been nearly five years since Dr Russell Wills took up the role as the nation’s advocate for children. One of his major priorities as Children’s Commissioner has been to address the ‘wicked problem’ of child poverty and advocate for solutions. As a practicing paediatrician he saw the impact of poverty on the children in his clinic and knew that the consequences for the country as a whole were too great to ignore. Early in his term he convened an expert advisory group and tasked them with finding solutions to child poverty. Since then the national mood has changed, with child poverty becoming one of the issues most concerning New Zealanders. There is pleasing progress in other areas too, but much is left unchanged. So five years on - what next?

Speaker: Dr Russell Wills, retirning Children's Commissioner


23 May: The Paris Agreement: Interplay of Hard, Soft and Non-obligations

Speaker: Professor Lavanya Rajamani, Sir Frank Holmes Visiting Fellow and Research Professor at Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi


20 May: Texas of the South? Economic development, petroleum and environmental conflict in New Zealand

Shortly after the National government came to power in 2008, it set out a policy framework called the Business Growth Agenda that included the expansion of the oil and gas industry in hope of a ‘game changing’ discovery.  To achieve its aims, the Government undertook a number of orchestrated steps in close collaboration with the petroleum industry to remove perceived impediments to industry expansion, promote the petroleum industry to ‘middle New Zealand,’ and defuse, co-opt or subvert environmental opposition.  The petroleum industry developed its own set of strategies, or borrowed them from overseas, to help achieve their mutual aims.  This seminar examines some of these government manoeuvres and oil industry strategies more closely, and how resistance and counter-strategies by environmental organisations and local anti-fracking protesters not only disrupted government/industry efforts but altered institutional relations and values between the state, Big Oil and the environmental movement

Speaker: Dr Terrence Loomis, is a Visiting Research Scholar in the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University.  He 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. 

19 May: Figuring Out Collaborative Advantage

‘Collaboration’ is a practice frequently recommended but (possibly) somewhat less frequently practised by contemporary public managers. The theoretical rationale for collaboration is the idea that organizations can accomplish together what they cannot achieve alone – but when is that actually true? How do we know when and how much to collaborate? What can the latest research tell us about how to figure out the ‘collaborative advantage’ in the particular circumstances we face?

Speakers: John M Bryson, McKnight Presidential Professor of Planning and Public Affairs, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; and Professor Barbara Crosby, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. Moderator: Michael Macaulay, Associate Professor and Director of Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

18 May: Sir Frank Holmes Memorial Lecture: The Making of the 2015 Paris Agreement
The 2015 Paris Agreement represents a historic achievement in multilateral diplomacy. After years of deeply discordant negotiations, Parties harnessed the political will necessary to arrive at a climate change agreement that strikes a careful balance between the ambition of global efforts to address climate change and differentiation between developed and developing countries. This lecture will trace the four-year negotiation process for the Paris Agreement. In so doing, it will discuss the fundamental disagreements between groups of Parties that persisted until the end as well as the ingenious compromises they arrived at to accommodate their red lines. It will also explore the key building blocks of the Paris Agreement—ambition and differentiation - and the challenges that lie ahead in implementing the Agreement.

rajamaniSpeaker: Professor Lavanya Rajamani, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi and 2016 Sir Frank Holmes Visiting Professor. Lavanya Rajamani is professor at CPR, where she researches legal issues relating to the environment (in particular climate change), international law, and human rights. She has authored or edited several books on international environmental law, is a frequent contributor to periodicals and academic journals, and has written reports and working papers for organisations including the International Law Association, the World Bank, and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She also serves on the editorial board of several international academic journals.

17 May: Telling Your Leadership Story

This talk draws on Dr. Crosby's new book, Teaching Leadership: An Integrative Approach (Routledge, forthcoming). What purpose do you bring to leadership work? What questions keep you exploring? What kinds of intelligence serve you well? What elements of your background connect you to, and separate you from, various groups of people? What have you learned from failure and success? Dr. Crosby will answer these questions as part of telling her own leadership story and invite you to reflect on the stories you might tell to foster leadership in others.

Speaker: Professor Barbara Crosby, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

11 May: Political Ignorance and Democracy

Professor Ilya Somin mines the depts of political ignorance in America and reveals it as a major problem for democracy.

Speaker: Professor Ilya Somin, Professor of Law, George Mason University. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law, and the study of popular political participation and its implications for constitutional democracy.  He is the author of The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain (University of Chicago Press, 2015), and Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter (Stanford University Press, 2013, revised and expanded second edition, forthcoming in 2016), and coauthor of A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013),


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21 Apr and 9 May: Has Opening Up Data Promoted Open Government in New Zealand?

New Zealand has been a world leader in opening up its public data for legal re-use by others to encourage transparency, innovation, greater engagement in policy development and better social and environmental outcomes. This lecture will provide a historic context, look at some international experience, consider what opening up data has meant for New Zealand and engage in a little crystal ball gazing.

Speaker: Keitha Booth has extensive experience in cross-government policy and programme planning, development and implementation.  She led the NZ Open Government Information and Data programme from its inception in 2008 until December 2015 and has advised on or contributed to other cross-government information policies and programmes, including the 2006 eGovernment Strategy (SSC-led), the ICT Strategy and Action Plan to 2017 (DIA-led), the Analytics and Insights/Integrated Data Infrastructure project (Treasury and Statistics NZ-led) and the NZ Data Futures Forum (Statistics NZ-led). At the SSC, DIA and LINZ, she led the development of the 2010 and 2014 NZ Government Open Access and Licensing frameworks (NZGOAL), the 2011 Declaration on Open and Transparent Government, the 2011 NZ Data and Information Management Principles and the progress reporting to Cabinet on Agency Adoption of the Declaration on Open and Transparent Government. She is a member of the Digital New Zealand Advisory Board and the Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand Advisory Panel. 

4 May: Whistling While they Work 2: Improving managerial responses to whistleblowing in public and private sector organisations

Whistling While They Work 2 is the largest study ever undertaken in Australia and New Zealand on the eternally thorny topic of whistleblowing.  Working with a huge range of partners across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors across both countries, the project will provide unprecedented insights into what we know and what needs to be done. Join Professor AJ Brown for the NZ launch of this fascinating and important project.

Speaker: Professor AJ Brown, Professor of Law and Law and program leader, Public Integrity & Anti-Corruption in the Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University

3 May: How Sustainable are the UNs Sustainable Development Goals?

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were officially adopted by world leaders at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September last year. The goals are part of a new sustainable development agenda to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Each of the 17 goals have specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. The goals and targets apply to all countries including New Zealand and countries are expected to report on progress in implementing them. The SDGs are likely to have a significant impact on governments and businesses in the next fifteen years. At this presentation John Thwaites will discuss the development of the goals, how they have evolved beyond the previous Millennium Development Goals and the role of universities and knowledge institutions in implementing them.

Speaker: Professor John Thwaites, Professorial Fellow, Monash University

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7 Apr and 11 Apr: Who Do We Trust? Results of IGPS Research
wdwtWe need to have a free and frank discussion about the causes and effects of our lack of trust in politics and media.  New research from IGPS (in partnership with Colmar Brunton) suggests that there is a crisis of political trust in the country: not only is trust in our government, politicians and media low but it has declined over the last three years.   
Specific areas such as political party funding are clearly viewed with great scepticism if not outright suspicion.  Our respondents indicate that general levels of trust in our friends and neighbours remains high, and we strongly trust key institutions such as the medical profession and the police. 
This work is only the beginning to the debate  and we need to keep asking why people feel the way they do, and what we can do to improve the situation.  IGPS feels that this is an important piece of research.  We hope that you do too, and that you will join us in the first of many conversations about who we trust.

Download the Report here


Read a press release about the report

Listen to Michael Macaulty on Morning Report on 6th April

5 Apr: The L'Oreal Story of a Practical Approach to Ethical Sucess and Environmental Sustainability

Big business and ethical conduct are often held up as contradictory. But, increasingly, some very big corporates are building their business on the base of their reputation for integrity and ethical dealing. L’Oréal is one of them. In March 2016, L’Oréal was recognized for the seventh time as one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute. At the same time, with its unique international portfolio of 32 diverse and complementary brands, and a presence in 130 countries, L’Oréal generated sales above NZD$40 billion in 2015 and employs 80,000 people worldwide.  Emmanuel Lulin will explain that while compliance is important, ethics are beyond compliance and why this is core to their business strategy.

What can New Zealand businesses learn from the inspiring story of ethical success and environmental sustainability from one of the world’s most successful ethical business voices?  How can we develop a strategy using the principles of integrity, respect, courage and transparency to mine our valuable deposit of principles to increase customers and business returns through integrity systems like L’Oréal?

Speaker: Emmanuel Lulin, L'Oreal Global Senior Vice-President and Chief Ethics Officer

Moderator: Ian Fraser, Broadcaster, Commentator, Former CEO NZSO & TVNZ


31 Mar: A New Equilibrium for NZ Aid: Results of the NZ Aid Stakeholder Survey 2015

It has been over seven years since a change in government brought sweeping changes to the New Zealand government aid programme. This seminar will draw on unique evidence from a survey of New Zealand’s aid stakeholders to examine the current state of New Zealand aid. Strengths and weaknesses of the New Zealand government aid programme will be examined and the potential for change discussed.

In 2013 the Australian National University’s Development Policy Centre conducted the first comprehensive survey of Australia’s aid stakeholders, canvassing the views of NGOs and development contractors on the state of Australian aid. In 2015, in addition to repeating the Australian survey, the Centre replicated the survey in New Zealand. Topics covered included  effectiveness, volumes, the principles guiding NZ aid, and political leadership.


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11 Feb: Futures Online: Thinking Beyond the 21st Century

As much as we may remember or dream about the past, or revise our interpretations of it, the past is not something we can truly influence. The future is different.  Futures Online is a catalyst for Participatory Futures Thinking (PFT).

Futures Online aims to promote PFT in New Zealand by developing interviews with a diverse group of New Zealanders containing insights on how to build a sustainable future.  The interviews are in both video and text format. Educators and their students are invited to use these interviews to spark further discussions about the potential for change and what they would like to see happen between now and 2065. 


View the videos and read more about Futures Online


2 Feb: "There Will Always be Paris?" Making Sense of COP21: What the Paris agreement means for the planet and New Zealand.

Panel speakers:

Her Excellency Florence Jeanblanc-Risler, French Ambassador to NZ

Jo Tyndall, Climate Change Ambassador

John Carneige, Business New Zealand

Simon Hillier, Youth Delegate

Professor Dave Frame, Director of Climate Change Research Institute

27 Jan: The Paris Agreement on Climate Change: How New Zealand can up its game
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21 Jan: Government Competitiveness for the 21st Century: GC ranks in 2015 and implications


Despite a divergence in opinions about the role of the government, many international organizations such as IMD and WEF report national competitiveness rankings using various approaches. While each ranking has established its own methodological ‘space,’ this lecture argues that the panoply of competitiveness indices suffers from theoretical underdevelopment. Arising from the post-Washington Consensus era, governance indices are limited by an ideological approach that favors economic indicators, and advocate the application of Western/developed country metrics to developing countries. A new approach is needed. The concept of Government Competitiveness (GC) introduced accounts for a variety of factors overlooked by existing indices: the role of social organizations, the use of diverse inputs and varying internal activities (i.e. conversion processes), and the imperative to address human needs at all stages of development. This lecture challenges the blind use of ‘governance,’ proposes a novel approach to government competitiveness, and discusses the New Zealand case.

Speaker: Professor Tobin Im, Professor of Sociology, Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul University

Tobin Im is a professor at the Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University, Korea. He has recently conducted a research on ‘Performance Based Management: Comparing USA, China, and Korea’ sponsored by Korea Research Foundation.  He has published numerous articles in world class academic journals such as ‘Does management Performance Impact Citizen Satisfaction?’ in American Review of Public Administration, and many books covering various aspects of public organizations. In addition, he also serves as a consultant and advisor for many Korean government agencies over last 20 years. He is currently researching government competitiveness. He has served as President of Korean Association for Public Administration.


Summary list of 2016 Policy Quarterly articles
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