Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

Following a generous bequest from the estate of the late Henry Lang, a Henry Lang Fellowship is awarded annually or where there is a suitable application (for such time as funds allow) to a scholar from any discipline working on public policy issues, particularly relating to the fields of:

The Role of the State: Particularly the ethical underpinnings of the role of central and local government in New Zealand; social capital, and interaction of the state with Maori.

Income Distribution & Social Policy: Particularly issues of labour market, education, and social assistance programmes, with explicit recognition of Maori.

Savings and Taxation Policy: Particularly superannuation and taxation policy in New Zealand.

New Zealand and Asia: Particularly comparative policy experiences of New Zealand, Australia and East Asian countries.

The recipient is expected to set aside a period of 3-6 months to work full-time on an agreed research project and to complete a body of work publishable as an Institute for Governance and Policy Studies monograph. Joint publication is encouraged.

Previous Recipients

2005 - Dr Jean Drage

Dr Drage’s research looked at the nature of local representation within the changing political environment. In particular, she examined the role of the local representative; how this role is defined and practised; and how new models of governance and decision-making impact on this role. Her work encompassed the debates that have developed around the changing nature of representation, the expansion of council functions and powers, the reducing numbers of elected representative, and how these changes have impacted on communities.  Her book, A Balancing Act: Decision-Making and Representation In New Zealand's Local Government, based on this research, was published in July 2008.  Copies are available for purchase from IPS.

2004 - Professor John Prebble

This research concerns New Zealand’s statutory income tax anti-avoidance rule and the policy and legal options for strengthening the rule. Work done under this fellowship has been published in a variety of journals and has extended beyond the usual term to include a wealth of work. As a result of a series of happy chances, Professor Prebble was able very considerably to extend his fellowship during periods over 2005 to 2007. Further, by collaborating with a number of honours and masters students, and through receiving financial assistance from the New Zealand Inland Revenue in addition to the Henry Lang Fellowship, he was able to undertake and to complete much more work than originally envisaged. He addressed a number of conferences, published a number of papers, and ran a colloquium that compared the general anti-avoidance rules of seven jurisdictions. Other papers have been accepted for publication, and work is still in progress on others. Finally, certain earlier work was revisited and published in a number of different countries.

A 2007 report on the project is available here. John is a Professor in the Law School at Victoria Unversity of Wellington, his staff page is here.

2002 - Dr Richard Hawke

This research focused on options for funding superannuation in New Zealand and culminated in a book published in 2005 entitled Retirement Income Provision in New Zealand: A Way Forward

2001 - Dr Philip Morrison

This work is provisionally entitled ‘Beyond the Region: Geography and Social Policy in New Zealand’.

2000 - Richard Dawson

The Treaty of Waitangi and the Control of Language - This book seeks to augment the level of policy debate by directing attention to the importance of language in various aspects of the policy process. This was published in 2001.

1999 - Charlotte Williams

The Too Hard Basket’ Maori and Criminal Justice Since 1980 - This study looks at the recent history of Maori and criminal justice from the perspective of government policy and management and discusses barriers to progress. This was published in 2001.