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ISSUE 2 (2021)
Message from the Director - Staffing Updates - Graduate Programmes - Policy Inc -  Policy Briefings - Events - MPP Profile - Consultation Opportunities
Kia ora koutou,
As you will all be aware, there is a lot of policy work happening across governments, central and local, with consultation, advocacy, and activism a feature, alongside knowledge transfer at the research/policy interface. Over the past few months, we have published several new policy briefings, have seen our stellar Master of Public Policy students graduate in person, and have taken on a number of new staff and interns to progress our in-house research projects. We are also excited to see our 2021 Auckland Trade and Economic Policy School shaping up. It is happening on 9-10 September at the University of Auckland’s city campus and will focus on the possibilities for the future of free trade, and how sustainability is being advanced globally, and within the APEC region. Details of our international and New Zealand speakers will appear here over the coming weeks, but in the meantime, save the date. 
Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou, Jennifer and the team at the PPI
We have bid farewell to Alasdair Jones, our Research Manager, who has returned to his full-time role at the London School of Economics. Alasdair was a wonderful colleague, who contributed a great deal during his time with us. He will be missed, but we are delighted that he will stay on with us as a Research Associate. Haere ra.
Adam White
We are delighted to welcome Adam to our team as our new Research Operations Co-ordinator.
Adam studied History at University College London and Management at Birkbeck College and has worked in an administrative roles in the Health Sector and Local and Central Government. Relocating to NZ in 2000 he spent 15 years as the departmental administrator in Film, Television and Media followed by stints with Politics, Philosophy and Sociology. He has an abiding interest in Film, History and Politics and owns too many jackets.
We would also like to welcome our two new Research Fellows, Ritu Parna Roy and Kemi Igiebor.
Dr. Ritu Parna Roy
I am a Bengali-Kiwi. I have an MA and Ph.D. (Sociology) from the University of Auckland and graduate qualifications from the University of Rajshahi. During my ten years in New Zealand, I have taught several undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Auckland and AUT. My research specialties include postcolonial theory, migration, intersectionality, and social research methods. I am passionate about social justice and belong to various advocacy groups committed to a fair and equitable society. I am excited to be involved with Public Policy Institute and look forward to meeting with you all in the coming months.
  • Komie Kolandai-Matchett has taken up a shared post-doc position with the PPI and COMPASS.
  • Sarah Hendrica Bickerton has taken up a lectureship in the MPP Online, so we are pleased to welcome Kemi Igiebor to the role of Post-Doctoral Fellow on our Gender Responsive Budgeting Project (GRAB-NZ).
Oluwakemi Igiebor is a final-year PhD student of Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland. Before beginning her doctoral study, she obtained a Diploma in Public Administration (Distinction) and B.Sc. degree in Political Science (First Class) at the University of Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria. She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. After completing her undergraduate studies, Kemi worked as a Customer Experience Officer in one of the top telecommunications industries in Nigeria before pursuing her M.Sc. degree. Upon completing her Master’s degree, she worked as an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Public Administration, Adeleke University, Nigeria. She co-taught public policy analysis, research methods and organisational management classes.
Her PhD thesis explores institutional gender equity policies and women’s progression to academic leadership positions in Nigerian Universities. Kemi’s research interest includes policy analysis, gender policies, higher education administration and leadership, organisational management, and workplace diversity, equity and inclusion.
We also welcome our new Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga intern, Kiri Picard. Kiri will be working with Dr Lara Greaves (Ngāpuhi) on her project, "Diverse Māori Views on the Treaty Settlement Process". This project seeks to explore the results for a random sample of over 1,200 Māori around their views on the Treaty settlement processs. While we may know (or think we know) the answers to these questions based on our own experiences, media, and qualitative work, this project seeks to explore the attitudes of Māori across the country, the political spectrum, and the complexities of identity.
MPP Graduation
It was wonderful to join many of our Public Policy students and their families in celebrating their achievements at the June graduation ceremonies.  In total 27 Masters and Postgraduate Diploma students graduated in June; 11 in absentia and 16 in person at Spark Arena.  Congratulations to you all, with a special shout out to those have returned to their home countries across the region. We hope you are safe and well – and do get in touch to share with us your next adventures.

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A warm welcome to our new PPI research students all the way from Pennsylvania, Veena Kollipara and Rithika Lanka!
Veena and Rithika were selected after a competitive process as part of the new partnership between the University of Auckland and University of Pennsylvania. Covid-19 has meant that they could not join us in person but I wanted to ensure they felt part of the team here. They will be with us until mid-August assisting me with two research projects.

Veena is a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Health & Societies (conc: Health Policy & Law). She's interested in the interdisciplinary nature of the health care system and policy, and how to advocate for underserved populations. At UPenn, she's working with the local community to advocate for Medicare 4 All in Philadelphia. Veena hopes to go to medical school, and continue serving her community through local, public health interventions.
Hi, my name is Rithika, I’m originally from the Washington D.C. area, and I am an incoming senior at UPenn. I am currently pursuing a double major in Art History and Economics. Through my academics, I’ve focused my studies primarily on the history of colonialism and have developed an interest in its lasting cultural and political effects. Over the next eight weeks, I hope to further explore this interest by familiarizing myself with the impacts of this history as it pertains to the Pacific region – especially in terms of citizenship and cultural identity. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, traveling, and exploring new restaurants around where I live.
Careers Events
The PPI hosted a very successful careers panel , with recent graduates: Chelsea Majoor (Auckland Council), Shweta Sharma (MBIE) and Sophia Li (Visionwest Community Trust).

We also co-hosted very well-attended recruitment events with MFAT Auckland and the Ministry of Education
The MPP was also involved in the U21 conference, showcasing their collaborative work with McMaster.

Our Associate Director (Policy Inc) Dr Lara Greaves and Research Assistant Luke Oldfield have been involved in developing a survey on COVID-19 communications funded by MBIE. The survey is part of a broader project in association with the team at the Centre for Science in Society at Victoria University of Wellington. The online survey will launch in mid-June and covers where people get their COVID-19 information from and their attitudes toward various sources of information. You can access the survey here

For more information see:

Data entry, cleaning, and checking is wrapping up for the 2020 New Zealand Election Study. The team will be finishing the dataset over the next couple of months. This has been a massive team effort with around 3,600 New Zealanders completing the survey.  

Our Work
We will be holding our annual Auckland Trade and Economic Policy School again this year on 9-10 September. It will be held in person (COVID-19 permitting), but the sessions will be recorded. The theme for this year is:
Reset and Rebuild: NZ Trade Policy and Resilience in a COVID-19 World

Budget 2021

Hon Grant Robertson presented the NZ Budget 2021 to Parliament on Thursday 20 May.

Public Policy Institute Director, Professor Jennifer Curtin, and the Gender Responsive Analysis and Budgeting team provided detailed commentary on the new budget. You can see the coverage and commentary here

Dr Lara Greaves also provided commentary on the budget on Māori TV, with  Moko Tepania and Neil Waka.

Innovations in Applied Data Symposium (3 June, Wellington)
Suzanne Woodward presented on our Data Modelling for Policy Impact project at the symposium. The project is a joint collaboration between the University of Auckland and Victoria University of Wellington, led by Dr Michael O'Sullivan (Engineering). 
Jennifer in her role as Director PPI, has been busy participating in a range of online and in-person local and international events on topics ranging from applying gender mainstreaming tools address corruption (as part of APEC2021) and the impact of COVID19 on women in New Zealand and Japan (with the North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence), to convening a panel on gender gaps in the study of the public policy (at the International Conference on Public Policy) and facilitating a discussion with Auckland Council’s Chief Executive Jim Stabback and Chief Financial Officer Peter Gudsell in a July meeting of the Trans-Tasman Business Circle.     
Harirū, Hongi and Hau in the Time of COVID-19: Findings from a study of kaumātua in Ngātiwai and Wakato-Tainui
Associate Professor Marama Muru-Lanning (School of Social Sciences and the James Henare Māori Research Centre) and her team have been recognised for creating new methodologies drawing on kaupapa Māori and social anthropology. The team includes the Suzanne Woodward from the PPI, and works on making Vision Mātauranga a reality. The Centre’s co-designed research, which focuses on equity and social justice, describes the worlds of kaumātua and includes their voice to inform health, social and environmental policy. They are currently working on a significant study with kaumātua and kuia in Tai Tokerau, Waikato and Tauranga Moana. 
Read the Report
We have hosted a number of events, collaborating with a range of partners, including The Europe Institute, Sociology and the Department of Statistics:
  • Strengthening the Evidence Base for Assuring Trustworthiness of Government (Len Cook)
  • Will Global Economic Integration be the Same after COVID-19? (Peter Zamborsky, Niels Meindert and Stephanie Honey)
  • Hate in Precarious Times: Mobilzing  Anxiety from the Alt Right to Brexit (Neal Curtis)
  • Hate Speech Laws in Aotearoa New Zealand (Dylan Asafo)
Download Len Cook's Presentation
The Classification Office has released their report, 'The Edge of the Infodemic: Challenigng Misinformation in Aotearoa. Dr Sarah Hendrica Bickerton contributed to the research project by participating in discussion with the Office of Classification and the Chief Censor around the topics of online behaviour, online speech, and policies around such while the survey was being developed
Download the Report
Belonging at School in New Zealand: Do Gender and Ethnic-Racial Identity Matter?

Penelope W. St J. Watson, Mohamed Alansari, Frank C. Worrell, and Christine M. Rubie‐Davies University of Auckland, NZCER, and University of California, Berkeley
Attitudes toward ethnic and racial identity have been linked to both wellbeing and maladaptive outcomes that affect belonging at school. Affirmative feelings towards school have resulted in positive subjective wellbeing and more optimistic thoughts of the future. Further, improved academic achievement and fewer negative behaviours, such as discipline issues, truancy, and dropping out have been associated with students’ liking for school.

Realising Urban Sustainability?

A collective case study of slippages between principles, policies, and practices in masterplanning

Alasdair Jones, University of Auckland,

Susan Parham, University of Hertfordshire

As with the development of strategic visions in other policy domains, in the field of masterplanning, implementation issues can be a key source of disconnects between what is planned for, and what is realised at, a given site.  Despite this, there has been a notable lack of implementation-oriented research in urban planning.  In our research we seek to help address this gap through an exploration of where the slippages between masterplanning principles, policies and practices occur.  In turn, we posit how masterplanning might be approached differently to reduce such slippages and to mitigate their detrimental effects on realising environmental sustainability objectives.


Pathway modelling to optimise long-term policy impact in New Zealand

Michael O’Sullivan, Suzanne Woodward, Jennifer Curtin

University of Auckland

Wicked problems are described as “inherently intractable late-industrial problems associated with modern social planning” (Farrell, 2011). They include many of the problems faced by New Zealand society today, including how to reduce homelessness and inequity, and ways to mitigate the impact of damp social housing. To tackle wicked problems, transdisciplinary approaches that provide evidence-informed cross-sector policy are needed.

Public Talk by Caroline Lambert:
Climate Action, Trade, and the EU
As we head into a decisive decade for climate action, hear from the EU Delegation’s Head of Trade Caroline Lambert on how the EU plans to ramp up its efforts, and why COP26 this November will be the ultimate test for “the Brussels Effect”.

Caroline Lambert is Head of Trade for the Delegation of the European Union to Aotearoa/New Zealand
MPP Corner

My name is Bat-Orgil Altankhuyag and I graduated from the University of Auckland’s Master of Public Policy in 2016. Currently, I am working on a USAID project called Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Assessment as a Local Political Expert. Previously, I worked at the Defacto Institute as a Senior Researcher, a public policy think tank here in Mongolia. I have been involved in various research projects on internal democracy of political parties, electoral systems, and state bureaucracy at the Defacto Institute. I also wrote a book called “Development Theories and Implications for Mongolia” in 2018 and taught an undergraduate public policy class at the Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST).   

Later this year, I will begin my PhD at the University of Bonn this. My PhD Dissertation is currently titled "Politicization and Replacements of Civil Servants in Mongolia: Adverse effects on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)". My aim is to shed light on the reasons and effects of politically motivated bureaucratic turnover and to identify potential solutions for more sustainable forms of governance in Mongolia. 

During my time as a student of Public Policy at the University of Auckland, I developed important skills, ranging from intercultural communication to professional writing practices. Most importantly, I was able to build my analytical research capacities, especially using qualitative research methods. These have served me well in undertaking my research into vital political and public policy issues for Mongolia and I feel well-prepared for the next step in my career as a doctoral scholar. 

If you are an alumnus of the University of Auckland’s MPP programme and want to bring your expertise into the classroom or contribute to the work of the Public Policy Institute in other ways, you can contact us here.  

COVID-19 Resources
We have collated a range of local and international resources relating the COVID-19 pandemic, including policy responses, Māori resources, the latest news, and a COVID-19 timeline.
COVID-19 Resources
In case you missed it:

Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand’s Deportation Policy and Practice in Regional Context

By Dr Tim Fadgen

Deportation policy is a regional dilemma that won’t be solved by Australia and New Zealand trading diplomatic insults. Both nations must recognise their complicity in a system of regional dislocation and their joint responsibility to address it.

Read the Article

Commentary: New Zealand's Proposed Health Reforms

Associate Professor Tim Tenbensel

Health Minister has announced a major overhaul of the healthcare system in Aotearoa New Zealand, following the Health and Disability Review. The changes will prioritise primary care and accessibility by removing all District Health Boards and replacing them with a national crown entity (Health New Zealand), creating a Māori Health Authority and a new Public Health Agency.

Access the Commentary
Title  Closing date 
Ngāti Rangitihi Claims Settlement Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

04 August 2021
Inquiry on the Natural and Built Environments Bill: Parliamentary Paper

Public submissions are now being invited on this Inquiries

04 August 2021
Inquiry into the Review of the Radio New Zealand Charter

Public submissions are now being invited on this Inquiries

13 August 2021
Maritime Powers Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

15 August 2021
Biosecurity (Information for Incoming Passengers) Amendment Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

16 August 2021
Holidays (Parent-Teacher Interview Leave) Amendment Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

18 August 2021
Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) Claims Settlement Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

18 August 2021
Crown Minerals (Decommissioning and Other Matters) Amendment Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

19 August 2021
Inquiry into school attendance

Public submissions are now being invited on this Inquiries

31 August 2021
Inquiry into the current and future nature, impact, and risks of cryptocurrencies

Public submissions are now being invited on this Inquiries

02 September 2021

Incitement of Hatred and Discrimination in Aotearoa New Zealand

Human rights | Ministry of Justice | 25 Jun to 6 Aug 2021 | Open

We invite your input on six Government proposals to make Aotearoa New Zealand safer for everyone, by strengthening the provisions that protect groups from speech that incites hatred, and by improving protections against discrimination.

More about Incitement of Hatred and Discrimination in Aotearoa New Zealand 

Consultation on regulatory redesign of animal products and wine regulations

Food safety and biosecurity | Ministry for Primary Industries | 25 Jun to 8 Aug 2021 | Open

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) wants to make it easier for businesses operating under the Animal Products Act 1999 and the Wine Act 2003 to find and comply with their legal requirements – by removing repetition, enhancing accessibility, and making the language clearer.

More about consultation on regulatory redesign of animal products and wine regulations 

Proposals for naming places and undersea features

Other | New Zealand Geographic Board | 27 May to 30 Aug 2021 | Open

The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa is seeking submissions on seven place name proposals and three undersea feature name proposals.

More about the proposals for naming places and undersea features 

Productivity Commission: 

A fair chance for all: Breaking the disadvantage cycle

This inquiry will take an in-depth look at who gets stuck in persistent disadvantage, and what can be done to help break the cycle of that disadvantage. Please answer the questions below or make a submission by 27 August 2021 to help focus this inquiry on the areas that matter.

Ministry for Social Development

Share your views on social cohesion

Begin the online survey

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