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ISSUE 4 (2019)
Message from the Director - 2019 Highlights - Research Reports - Policy Commons - Upcoming Events - Job Opportunities - MPP Corner - Consultation Opportunities
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Kia ora koutou. This will be our last newsletter for 2019 and below you can read about the activities and outputs we have undertaken over the past three months.  We are looking forward to a summer break, but we have also recently welcomed five new summer scholars who will be working with us until mid-February on a range of policy projects. In the meantime, we wish you Meri Kirihimete me te Hapa Nū Ia. Ka kite anō au i a koutou.
Update from the Associate Director of Graduate Programmes   

The PPI’s Associate Director of Graduate Programmes, Dr Tim Fadgen, had a busy end of year. Tim was invited to speak to the New Zealand International Student Association’s (NZISA) Annual Student Congress held this year at the Victoria University of Wellington. Tim spoke to the students about the policy process in New Zealand and current issues of concern to international students in New Zealand including immigration and employment issues. This outreach helps to build the PPI’s work with international students throughout New Zealand tertiary institutions. Tim also visited some of our key strategic partner programmes in Canada in late November, visiting the University of British Columbia, University of Toronto and McMaster University to discuss their experiences with developing short course and micro credential within their respective communities. The key takeaway is that the PPI is well-positioned to develop these in the near future. Tim also met with several academics, programme administrators and students on his trip—an important first step for future collaborations.​

Photo: Tim with the NZISA students in Wellington

2019 HIGHLIGHTS

Auckland Trade and Economic Policy School

'Disruptions and Disruptors'
 

In September 2019, the University of Auckland’s Public Policy Institute hosted its inaugural Auckland Trade and Economic Policy School (ATEPS). The School was launched with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and featured seven international speakers and a number of New Zealand experts, who discussed the disruptions and opportunities for international trade, globally and in our region. Together with the Minister for Trade and Export Growth, and MFAT’s Deputy Secretary, Vangelis Vitalis, we welcomed over 100 trade experts, exporters, business leaders, diplomats, economists, academics and officials at the University of Auckland’s Fale.  You can read about, and listen to more from the speakers and panellists via the links below.  Meanwhile, a note for your diaries that ATEPS is to be an annual Public Policy Institute event and we are already working to attract recognised leaders and thinkers on trade and economic policy for 2020.  Stay tuned.

Video recordings of the keynote speakers and panel discussions are available on the Policy Commons.

You can view a collection of photos from the event in this album.

Watch the ATEPS Videos
In addition to participating in our Auckland Trade and Economic Policy School two day event, Professor Richard Baldwin, with the generous support of the Ralph and Eve Seelye Charitable Trust, undertook a raft of lectures and conversations with the public, our graduate students, media outlets and policy makers in Auckland and Wellington.  Drawing on his new book titled ‘The Globotics Upheaval’, Prof. Baldwin argued that while globalisation and robotics will eventually make a better world, currently these two forces are escalating competition for service-sector jobs that will lead to additional inequalities. He reminded us that workers will need to be supported to prepare for the future of work and governments will have to regulate the pace and nature of this new competitive environment.  

Cannabis Decision 2020: Panel Discussion Recordings and Resources

The 2020 referendum on cannabis legalisation is a historic decision that will lock in New Zealand’s approach to cannabis for years to come. Many people have told us they are looking for balanced information on the different cannabis law reform options, including how different reforms have worked out overseas.

To provide this information, cannabis policy researchers at Massey University (Associate Professor Chris Wilkins and Dr. Marta Rychert) brought five leading international experts from the United States, Uruguay, Europe, Australia and Canada to speak about the cannabis reforms enacted in their countries in a series of public lectures. The Public Policy Institute partnered with Massey to bring these speakers to Auckland.

The recordings from the presentations as well as additional resources are now available.

Recordings and Resources

Helen Clark on The Sustainable Development Goals and their Relevance to New Zealand

  • Where did we get to with the Millennium Development Goals?
  • Why should we care about the SDGs? What is their significance, globally, and for NZ?
  • How much impact could they have on policy ambitions?
Professor Jennifer Curtin in conversation with Rt Hon. Helen Clark
Watch the Conversation

Sheryl Lightfoot: Implementing Indigenous Rights: How the “Subtle Revolution” Benefits Communities

Recorded Wednesday 18 September 2019 at the University of Auckland.

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a potential tool of revolutionary transformation in both domestic and global politics, often overlooked and under-appreciated. The real potential for that transformation lies in implementation of Indigenous rights, which necessarily involves considerable systemic change on both the domestic and international levels, all of which is intended to create a better life for Indigenous peoples and communities. While implementation of Indigenous rights faces significant challenges, important opportunities are also developing for turning principles into practice.

Watch the Recording

PM Jacinda Ardern talks climate change with Netherlands PM

New Zealand Prime Minister the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, and the Netherlands Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, participated in an interactive session on climate change at the University Fale on Tuesday 8 October.

They discussed how to ensure a just transition to a carbon-neutral economy. Both leaders shared their ideas, followed by a panel discussion led by the Public Policy Institute's Director, Jennifer Curtin, Professor of Politics and International Relations.

The session was organised by the Embassy of the Netherlands and attended by University students and staff.

Watch the Conversation
'Global Issues in Indigenous Governance' 
with the University of Melbourne 
On 2-3rd December, the PPI, along with Te Puna Wananga, hosted a group of masters students from the University of Melbourne who are studying global issues in Indigenous Governance.  Under the guidance of Dr Scott Brenton, they are engaged in projects that compare and contrast the policy developments in politically, legally and constitutionally recognising Indigenous rights and sovereignty in Australia, New Zealand and Chile. On day one, the students were hosted at Epsom Campus, and heard from Professors Alison Jones and Te Kawehau Hoskins about the Treaty of Waitangi, its history, and its place in modern policy and practice in education. On Day 2, the Melbourne students were joined by seven Public Policy Institute summer scholars, with Dr Lara Greaves, Lincoln Dam, and Aimee Matiu and Cath Dunphy sharing their insights on Māori political representation, biculturalism and multiculturalism, and Te Tiriti in action. 
 
Research Reports
A Review of Gender Differences in Retirement Income by Yanshu Huang and Jennifer Curtin, Public Policy Institute. Commissioned by the Centre for Financial Capability as part of the 2019 Review of Retirement Income Policy. Drawing on international and New Zealand research, the report identifies a range of possible determinants, mechanisms and indicators that could inform future gender analysis and policy reforms aimed at eliminating the gender pension gap.
Download the Report
International trends and reforms in pension policy and delivery: comparative models for accumulation and decumulation by Yanshu Huang and Jennifer Curtin, Public Policy Institute. Commissioned by the Centre for Financial Capability. The report maps international trends and reforms in pension policy and delivery in Europe with a specific focus on three countries: the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany. The objective is to provide the CFFC with insights into international models, to feed into the 2019 Review of Retirement Income Policies.
Download the Report
NORTHLAND PRIMARY HEALTH CARE COLLABORATION KAUPAPA INITIATIVE: A Case Narrative By Brigid Carroll, Christa Fouche and Jennifer Curtin. This narrative centres on a two and a half year collaborative kaupapa that has resulted in the 2019 formation of a trust-Te Kaupapa Mahitahi Hauora-Papa o Te Raki Trust. The mission of the Trust is to forge a new future for primary healthcare in Northland through a partnership between existing primary health organisations, the Northland District Health Board, Iwi, clinicians and communities, with the aim to empower whānau, patient and community-led health and wellbeing decision-making, processes and outcomes.
Download the Report
‘Relationship status’ and the Welfare System in Aotearoa New Zealand By Olivia Healey and Jennifer Curtin. Produced by the Public Policy Institute and the Child Poverty Action Group for the Peter McKenzie Trust. This report is designed to provide a contextual overview of the way relationships are defined, incentivised, and sanctioned in the current welfare system in Aotearoa, and how this compares with similar systems overseas. Our hope is that the information provided here will encourage a rethink and redesign of the way we support parents, children and families.
Download the Report
Policy Commons

Cannabis legalisation and young people

By Benedikt Fischer
Read the blog post
Enough of experts: does Brexit spell the slow death of British science and evidence-informed decision-making?
By James Wilsdon
Listen to James' talk

The Globotics Upheaval: Globalisation, Robotics and the Future of Work

By Richard Baldwin
Listen to Ken's talk
Public Policy Institute Data Lab
New Zealand-based researchers can apply to access microdata for bona fide research or analytical purposes that are in the public interest. The Data Lab service is available at Stat NZ offices and at secure research facilities around New Zealand. The Public Policy is host to one of these secure facilities,with 10 work stations as which researchers can un code, create datasets, store material and share this with other researchers working on their projects.

The research that has been published out of the PPI Data Lab includes work by COMPASS and the Energy Centre:
  • Leong KSW, McLay J, Derraik JGB, Gibb S, Shackleton N, Taylor RW, Glover M, Audas R, Taylor B, Milne BJ, Cutfield W. (in press). Prenatal and childhood antibiotics exposure and obesity at age 4 years. JAMA Network Open.
  • Richmond-Rakerd LS, D’Souza S, Andersen SH, Hogan S, Houts RM, Poulton R, Ramrakha S, Caspi A, Milne BJ, Moffitt TE. (in press). Health, crime and social-welfare inequality cluster in a population segment in 4 million citizens from 2 nations. Nature Human Behaviour.
  • Dr Le Wen leads the energy efficiency project for the Energy Centre, in collaboration with MBIE. Statistics New Zealand has provided access to confidential firm-level data including energy use by type, energy management, employment, and annual financial data. Factors affecting energy efficiency, such as firm size and firm-level energy management will characterise energy use and energy efficiency in New Zealand’s industrial and trade, primary industry and services sectors. 
Upcoming Events
Public Policy Network Conference
29-31 January
Brisbane, Australia
https://polsis.uq.edu.au/event/5035/public-policy-network-conference-general-information-29-31-january-2020


7th IAEE Asia-Oceania Conference 2020
International Association for Energy Economics

12-15 February
Auckland, New Zealand
http://iaee2020.nz/


II International Conference on Policy Diffusion and Development Cooperation
25-27 May 2020
Sao Paolo, Brazil

www.policydiffusion.com/icpddc-2020/
Job Opportunities

Researcher or Senior Researcher, The Workshop

Demand for our research is growing, and we are looking to build our team, initially for a contract covering parental leave.  We are looking for a researcher or senior researcher, but mainly we are looking for the person who is into our work as much as we are and enjoys a dynamic environment!

As a researcher for The Workshop you will plan and carry out primary research projects, mainly using qualitative methods initially, do literature reviews, write up findings, and work closely with the Co-Director to build and develop our research programme. 

https://www.theworkshop.org.nz/work-with-us 

Operations and Programme Associate
The Borrin Foundation are looking for a smart, resourceful, well-organised, tech-savvy professional with an eye for detail to fill the role of "Operations and Programme Associate (and Executive Assistant to the Chief Philanthropic Officer)". You will support all areas of the Foundation’s work in a very varied role. 
https://www.borrinfoundation.nz/news/were-recruiting-an-organisational-super-hero-heroine
MPP CORNER
Justin Alsleben
MPP Student
Class of 2020
Summer Intern, NZ Treasury

"The MPP so far has been an enriching, challenging, and enjoyable degree. It has built on and enhanced my undergraduate background in the disciplines of politics and economics. The degree's core courses have developed my knowledge and skills in a range of areas including research methods, economics, the policymaking process, policy analysis, and comparative public policy. The research component of the degree has also been a useful experience and I am looking forward to finishing my thesis in Semester One of 2020.
 
My Summer Internship position with the Treasury in Wellington is primarily a research role and is already drawing on knowledge from the full range of courses I have done in the MPP. My favourite course, in comparative public policy, is emerging as particularly useful in informing how I draw policy lessons from other countries and apply them to the New Zealand context. Because of the tools I have acquired from my degree, I feel better equipped to do a good job in my internship."
 
Jinal Mehta
MPP Student
Class of 2020
Summer Intern, Ministry of Justice

"I will be completing my MPP in July 2020. Prior to this, I studied a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science conjoint, majoring in Anthropology, Psychology, and Statistics.
 
This summer, I am working at the Ministry of Justice, as an intern in the Analytics and Insights (Courts and Tribunals) team, which aims to use data to support and improve New Zealand's court systems and outcomes.
 
The MPP really gave me the skills to understand how data (of any type - not just numbers!) is crucial for understanding and solving problems. When I finished undergrad, I knew I wanted to apply my analytical skills to issues I am passionate about, which is exactly what this programme let me do. Of the courses I have taken so far, I have enjoyed the Economics for Policy and Comparative Public Policy courses the most. I don't have an economics background, so the Economics for Policy course introduced me to new ways of thinking through problems and a different discipline I now enjoy reading about. I really enjoyed the Comparative Public Policy course because it helped with the theory aspects of policy I needed to engage with for my thesis."
 
GOVERNMENT CONSULTATIONS
Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reform) Amendment Bill
The bill seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by amending the Climate Change Response Act 2002 through changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme.
Closes: Friday 17 January 2020
https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/sc/make-a-submission/document/52SCEN_SCF_BILL_92847/climate-change-response-emissions-trading-reform-amendment

Public Service Legislation Bill
This bill proposes a modern legislative framework for achieving a more adaptive and collaborative Public Service by expanding the types of agencies that comprise the Public Service, unified by a common purpose, ethos, and strengthened leadership arrangements.
Closes: Friday 31 January 2020
https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/sc/make-a-submission/document/52SCGA_SCF_BILL_93134/public-service-legislation-bill

Sexual Violence Legislation Bill
This bill aims to reduce the re-traumatisation of sexual violence victims during court proceedings. The Law Commission’s 2015 report found the judicial system is not conductive to helping victims recover from their experience and receive justice.
Closes: Friday 31 January 2020
https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/sc/make-a-submission/document/52SCJU_SCF_BILL_93010/sexual-violence-legislation-bill

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC 2021) Bill

New Zealand will be hosting APEC in late 2021. The bill proposes to:

  • support safe and secure APEC 2021 events for all world leaders, attendees, and the general public; and
  • assist in managing security risks; and
  • assist in facilitating the timely and efficient operation of APEC 2021
Closes: Wednesday 12 February 2020
https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/sc/make-a-submission/document/52SCFD_SCF_BILL_93101/asia-pacific-economic-cooperation-apec-2021-bill

Education and Training Bill
This bill seeks to establish and regulate an education system to provide New Zealanders with lifelong learning opportunities so that they engage fully in society.
Closes: Friday 14 February
https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/sc/make-a-submission/document/52SCEW_SCF_BILL_93294/education-and-training-bill 
 
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