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Previous Events & News 2017




The most recent events are at the top:

Should a Universal Basic Income be Part of the New Zealand Political Project?
Drawing on material from his book, The New Zealand Project, Max Harris makes the case for a universal basic income (UBI) pilot in New Zealand.  He examines the arguments for and against a UBI, using a values-based framework; explains why piloting a UBI is justified and valuable; and recounts the lessons we can take from Finland's experience so far with developing its UBI pilot.

Speaker: Max Harris is author of The New Zealand Project (Bridget Williams Books, 2017).  He is an Examination Fellow and PhD student at All Souls College, Oxford.  He has worked as a clerk to Chief Justice Elias at the Supreme Court of New Zealand and as a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme's Executive Office in New York.


31st March - Investing in People and the Planet
In a world threatened by ecological disaster, global inequality and human tragedy, how can we make a difference?  The bank we select, the pension fund and insurance that we choose, the investments that we support, and the voice that we raise to shape Government investments and financial behaviour, can begin to make the changes that are needed when joined with the efforts of others.  This presentation shows why and how.

Speaker: Robert Howell’s primary interest is working to understand the links between ecological degradation, financial systems, and ethics.  He has a particular focus on ethical investment, economic reform, and shareholder activism.  He set up the Council for Socially Responsible Investment (2003-2012) and co-founded the establishment the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility based in Canberra in 2013. He has a background as a CEO, management consultant, and contract university teacher, with competencies in strategic visioning, governance, organisational design, and business ethics. He has a MA in philosophy, a postgraduate diploma in health management, and a PhD in community health planning and management.  He is one of the authors of Right Relationship Building a Whole Earth Economy, and one of a team of authors from Sustainable Aotearoa New Zealand in their publication, Strong Sustainability for New Zealand Principles and Scenarios.


Symposium on Improving Intergenerational Governance

23rd March 2017 at Parliament's Banquet Hall

Humanity faces daunting long-term risks and challenges – climate change, failed states, mass migration, the loss of biodiversity, major natural disasters, the social ramifications of the fourth industrial revolution and the fiscal implications of population ageing, to name but a few. In recent years, the international community has agreed on a series of important long-term goals, most notably in 2015 via the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Management.

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

Victoria University of Wellington is committed to the goal of advancing better government, locally and globally. The symposium at Parliament on 23 March is one of a series of events designed to contribute to this objective. Hosted by the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Paula Bennett, it brought together local and international researchers, senior public servants and private sector representatives to explore the challenges of governing well for the future. The symposium concluded with the launch of two books by Professor Jonathan Boston.

Speakers and presentations:

  • Hon Paula Bennett, Deputy Prime Minister - Welcome and opening
  • Professor Wendy Larner, Provost, Victoria Univeresity of Wellington - The role of universities in safeguarding the future
  • Professor Jonathan Boston, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington - Embedding the future in the present: An agenda for reform
  • Andrew Kibblewhite, Chief Executive, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet - The challenges for the public sector
  • Vicky Robertson, Chief Executive, Ministry for the Environment - E rua tau kai - two seasons of plenty: Creating long-term sustainability
  • Professor Petra Tschakert, Centenary Professor in Rural Development, University of Western Australia - Achieving sustainable development: The challenges of climate change, poverty and inequality
  • Panel 1
    • Andrew Coleman, University of Otago - The intergenerational consequences
    • Professor Wendy Larner, Victoria University of Wellington - Governing through inclusion
    • Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Victoria University of Wellington - Improving intergenerational governance
    • Professor Rawinia Higgins, Victoria University of Wellington - Protecting cultural capital
    • Associate Professor Marjan van den Belt, Victoria University of Wellington - Sustainable development on a finite planet
9th March - Housing an Ageing Population
Also in association with the Association for Gerontology and the Health and Ageing Research Team, Massey University.
Current housing issues in Wales and New Zealand are very similar. Both countries are experienc-ing a shortage of housing in main centres which has been referred to as a ‘housing crisis’. Both governments are developing policy responses to create more housing. With the age-ing of the population, the growing numbers of older people affected by housing issues, and the importance of housing and the housing environment for health and wellbeing, the needs of older people must be considered in these developments. Wales is leading New Zealand in this context. The Welsh Government has pledged to build an additional 20,000 affordable homes a year, end ‘Right to Buy’, and introduce a new ‘Rent to Own’ model of social housing. They will also consider other steps that might be taken to im-prove supply including addressing the particular issue of supply of housing for older peo-ple. Professor Phillips will discuss the findings outlined by the Housing an Ageing Pop-ulation Group’s Policy Report and contribute to discussions of how they can apply to the New Zealand context.
Speaker: Professor Judith Phillips, Chair of the Welsh Government Expert Group on Housing an Ageing Population. Chair: Dr Judith Davey, IGPS Senior Associate.
24th February - Exclusive Book Launch: Petroleum Development and Environmental Conflict in Aotearoa New Zealand

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


21st February - Hero or Traitor? The Ethics of Blowing the Whistle
Transparency International presents a panel discussion around the topic of whistle-blowing at work.

Speakers: Rebecca Rolls, Investigations General Manager, Serious Fraud Office; John Perham, Board Chairman, Crimestoppers; Michael Macaulay, Director of IGPS. Chaired by Lyn McMorron, Executive Director, Financial Services Federation


20th February - Turning the Corner? Challenges and Opportunities for Pakistan's Democracy
Aasiya Riaz speaks about the challenges for a comparatively recent and still growing democracy both domestically and internationally.

Speaker: Aasiya Riaz, Joint Director at PILDAT, leads PILDAT’s projects and activities, a leading Pakistani think tank she co-founded in 2001. She has over 15 years of experience of providing thought leadership in governance and democracy, policy, communication and management while she promotes strengthening democratic and political institutions under the overall ambit of rule of law. Trained in the field of Media and Political Communication at the London School of Economics, UK, Aasiya has also worked with the mainstream press and electronic media in Pakistan as a political analyst. She was a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, USA, as well as a distinguished fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at the Stanford University, USA. Aasiya regularly appears on national and international media for political analysis and commentaries while she is invited to lecture at Pakistan’s premium public policy institutions as well as many national and international think tanks and universities.

17th February - UK's Climate Change Commission - a model for New Zealand?
The Rt Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, talks about the role and achievements of the UK's independent Commission and the prospects for climate change post Brexit and post the US presidential election.

Speaker: The Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, was the longest serving Secretary of State for the Environment the UK has ever had (1993-97). His sixteen years of top-level ministerial experience also include Secretary of State for Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, Minister for London, Employment Minister and Paymaster General in HM Treasury. He has consistently championed an identity between environmental concerns and business sense. To that end, he set up and now runs Sancroft, a Corporate Responsibility consultancy working with bluechip companies around the world on environmental, social and ethical issues. Lord Deben is Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, Valpak Limited, and the Association of Professional Financial Advisers.


Human Rights and Prison Practice in Europe Today
Professor Dunkel presents on human rights and prison practice in Europe.

Speaker: Professor em Dr Frieder Dunkel,is the previous President of the European Society of Criminology (ESC) and a previous Dean of Law (1994-95) and Vice-Rector (2010-2013) of the University of Greifswald in northeast Germany. He taught criminology, penology, juvenile justice, criminal procedure and criminal law and has undertaken many research projects. These include international comparative projects on imprisonment, on juvenile justice systems and on restorative justice in European countries.


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