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ISSUE 3 (2019)
Message from the Director - Upcoming Events - Policy Briefs - Highlights - Policy Commons - MPP Corner - Opportunities
Kia ora koutou. You will see from the raft of activities highlighted below that the team at the Public Policy Institute have again had a busy few months. We welcomed our new Research Development Manager Lincoln Dam, and postdoctoral fellow, Yanshu Huang.  We hosted (among others) Marcia Langton, Myles Allen, Will Steffen, and delegates from the United Nations, and we worked with the Retirement Policy Centre to support their 2019 Retirement Income Policy Review Summit. We held the second of our two Master of Public Policy Alumni events to celebrate the ten year anniversary of the programme, this time in Auckland. Research Associate, Olivia Healey and I published our report on ‘Relationship Status’ and the Welfare System in Aotearoa New Zealand, in conjunction with the Child Policy Action Group and the Peter McKenzie Trust, which received considerable media attention.  I visited Vancouver, as part of a research project on women’s policy leadership at the subnational level, and met with the Mayor of Vancouver, Dr Kennedy Stewart, about the policy challenges our cities share. Alongside all this, we are very pleased to advise that we have finalised the line-up of exciting international speakers for our inaugural Auckland Trade and Economic Policy School, to be held on 6-7th September 2019 in the Fale.  You can find the details here, including a link to #ATEPS2019 registration.  We look forward to welcoming you to the first of what will become an annual event.

Auckland Trade and Economic Policy School

6-7 September 2019
In September 2019, the University of Auckland’s Public Policy Institute will host its inaugural Auckland Trade and Economic Policy School (ATEPS). The School is launched with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and in partnership with the Ministry’s Deputy Secretary Trade and Economic, Vangelis Vitalis.

ATEPS is positioned to be an annual event on the New Zealand trade and economic calendar, attracting internationally recognised leaders and thinkers on trade and economic policy. It will bring together trade experts, exporters, business leaders, diplomats, economists, academics, officials, and local and central government politicians – all with an interest in New Zealand’s trade and economic wellbeing.

ATEPS has attracted high-quality international speakers, including:

Earlybird price $480 (until 1 September).
More information and the full programme are available on our website.
In Conversation with Helen Clark:
The Sustainable Development Goals
This week, we are holding the third event in our Global Speaker Series:
In Conversation with the Rt Hon Helen Clark - The Sustainable Development Goals and their Relevance to New Zealand.
The event is almost sold out, but will be live streamed on our YouTube channel, and the recording will be available on the Policy Commons.
Read more and Register
In advance of his appearance at the Auckland Trade and Economic Policy School, Visiting Seelye Fellow, Professor Baldwin, will give a public lecture on Tuesday 3 September at 5pm. 
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Air Pollution Exposure in Walking School Bus Routes: A New Zealand Case Study

Walking School Buses, organized groups for children to walk to school under the supervision of adults, help reduce traffic congestion and contribute towards exercise. Exposure to air pollution is not generally considered, but this research suggest that pedestrians travelling on the footpath next to the less congested side of the road in the morning avoid experience significantly lower exposure.
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Youth Service and Money Management in New Zealand

This research from Associate Professor Louise Humpage fills an important gap in our knowledge about the fundamental assumptions behind the Youth Service and Money Management and whether they are able to ensure the well-being of young people as they are supported in the transition from childhood to adulthood.
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‘Relationship status’ and the Welfare System in Aotearoa New Zealand
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.
Read the report
International Public Policy Association
Our Director, Prof Jennifer Curtin was elected to the Executive Committee of the International Public Policy Association at the International Conference on Public Policy in Montreal.  The International Public Policy Association (IPPA) is a non-profit organisation based at ENTPE-LAET, University of Lyon in France. The Association hosts an annual international public policy conference, and is home to the International Review of Public Policy.

Canada: Gender Budgeting

In early July, Jennifer and PPI Research Associate Suzy Morrissey met with officials from Finance Canada and the Department for Women and Gender Equality.  Canada is increasingly seen as a leader in Gender-based Analysis Plus tools and processes for policy making, and recently embarked on an innovative approach to gender budgeting.  The objective was to learn lessons from their initiatives which will inform Jennifer’s MBIE Smart Ideas project on Gender Budgeting for New Zealand.  Suzy and Jennifer took the opportunity to present on  New Zealand's Wellbeing Budget of 2019 and its implications for gender equality. Sincere thanks go to Richard Mancuso, Denise Gareau, Marian Gure, Daniel Hambrook, Annabi Nabil and Amana Kita for taking the time to share their insights and expertise.  More information on Jennifer’s project will be available via Auckland Policy Commons in early October.
Dialogue, Deliberation, Design @ Te Tai Tokerau

The one-day summit provided practical strategies for individuals, groups and collaborations seeking to further resource, expand, and/or sustain their community initiatives and projects in interactive and participatory ways.

Youth and the Local Elections

In conjunction with JCI, we hosted an evening navigating through what is involved in standing for political office either at local government or national government level, raising awareness about diversity and opportunities for young people, and encouraging young people to get involved in local elections. We heard from a range of young elected officials from local government bodies.
Michelle Atkinson, Susan Zhu, Bobby Shen, Adriana Christie, Sarah Colcord, Jacqueline Paul
UN Heads of Mission Visit

Listen to New Zealand’s Representatives to the United Nations and key international organisations talking about how New Zealand is addressing the “wicked problems”* we face at the UN and globally; seizing emerging international opportunities and ultimately making a difference in the world.

From climate change, to nuclear disarmament, countering violent extremism (including through the Christchurch Call), human rights (including our own scorecard after being assessed this year by the Human Rights Council and UN Members), and to international space policy, the panel provide insights into New Zealand’s priorities in an increasingly complex multilateral system.

*(Prime Minister Ardern, UN General Assembly 2018)


The Climate Change Crisis: Where on Earth are We Going?

Will Steffen

The climate change narrative is changing rapidly. As evidence mounts that the impacts and risks of climate change are with us now and are accelerating, the words “crisis” and “emergency” are increasingly connected with climate change. This talk, given by Will Steffen in July, presents the latest science on climate change – observations of worsening extreme weather events, the challenge of meeting the Paris temperature targets, and the rapidly disappearing carbon budget. He also notes the links between climate change and Earth’s rapidly degrading biosphere, as well as the longer-term Earth System perspective on the crisis. Finally, the talk explores potential solutions to the climate change challenge, and the nature and magnitude of the societal changes that are required.

Regulating Hate Speech in New Zealand

This blogpost explores five policy options that the New Zealand Government can consider to address hate speech. Ensuring dignity and equal rights for minority groups is of priority, but should not unjustifiably restrict other rights, such as the right to freedom of expression.
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Retirement Policy Summit Proceedings
The RPRC’s public summit at the University of Auckland Business School examined some of the key retirement issues, including: the fiscal impact of ageing, the future shape of the age pension in New Zealand, KiwiSaver, intergenerational equity, the changing nature of work, the capacity of the health sector, the health of the financial sector, and lessons for New Zealand from international developments in finance and pensions.
RPRC Summit Recordings
Master of Public Policy Student

Kupe Scholarship Winner
Being an experienced community worker, I have realised the complex issues that certain populations in our society face. Lack of access to public services is an important barrier preventing people to live healthy lives.

I believe there is a call for leadership in the disability and low SE spaces to advocate for fairer policies on issues such as affordable primary health care services, rather than just tinkering around the edges of the issue. Because of my experience assisting these people on the frontline, I believe I can champion this issue. I want to contribute to the push for more equitable systems for these people in our society.

Sponsor: Bruce Aitken
Mentor: Minnie Baragwanath MNZM, recipient of a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award, Founder and CEO of the BeAccessible Trust

Read more about the Kupe Scholarships
Australia and New Zealand Public Policy Network Conference
This year's Public Policy Network Conference will be held between 29-31 January at the University of Queensland's School of Political Science and International Studies. Please send submissions to Alastair Stark (

Local Elections Symposium
The 6th Local Government Elections Research Symposium will be held at the University of Canterbury in November. The webpage, which will be updated with more details later, is here:

Publish in New Zealand Sociology
New Zealand Sociology journal is always on the look out for high quality submissions to review for publication.  If you are writing about New Zealand or have research findings of relevance to New Zealanders, send us your manuscript today to be considered for 2020 issues. We accept a wide range of theoretical and empirical material, including articles on Maori and Pasifika issues, policy, gender, politics, class, race and ethnicity, social justice, the environment and much more.  We are also open to publishing research using innovative methodologies. You don't need to be a sociologist or an academic but do make sure you look at the author guidelines!   See​

Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand conference, 3-6 December 2019, University of Auckland. Every second year (including 2019) there is a special gender and sexuality stream that will be of interest – and speakers include Professor Emerita Raewyn Connell!  Abstracts due 20 September (or register just to attend presentations). See here for more details -

Government Submissions:
  Closing date 
National Animal Identification and Tracing Amendment Bill (No 2)

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

28 August 2019
Inquiry into New Zealand's aid to the Pacific

Public submissions are now being invited on this Inquiry

30 August 2019
Taxation (KiwiSaver, Student Loans, and Remedial Matters) Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

04 September 2019
Referendums Framework Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

16 September 2019
Parliamentary Agencies Delegations Legislation Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

19 September 2019
Abortion Legislation Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

19 September 2019
Inquiry into health inequities for Māori

Public submissions are now being invited on this Inquiry

20 September 2019
Electoral Amendment Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

20 September 2019
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