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ISSUE 3 (2020)
Message from the Director - ATEPS2020 - Graduate Programmes Update - Te Tiriti Work - Policy Inc - Gender Justice Collective - Staff - COVID-19 Resources - Policy Briefings - In case you missed it - Policy Reports - New Projects - MPP Corner - Consultation Opportunities

Kia ora koutou,

Summer has arrived, and we are all looking forward to saying goodbye to 2020. While new challenges lie ahead for Aotearoa New Zealand, below we reflect on the work we have been doing since we last “wrote”. It has continued to be a period of activity and adaptation at the PPI, given COVID-19 globally and changing alert levels locally. But we are thrilled to have been able to grow our team of researchers, to expand our knowledge of Te Ao Māori, and to deliver our Auckland Trade and Economic Policy School 2020 both in person and virtually.  We look forward to working with you all again in 2020.  For now, we wish you Meri Kirihimete me te Hape Nū Ia (e kī ana te Pākehā) ki a koutou.

Colin Ballantine (MFAT), Tricia Pacifico-Campion (MFAT), Vaneglis Vitalis (Deputy Secretary Trade and Economic, MFAT), Prof Jennifer Curtin (PPI), Caroline Bilkey (MFAT), Dr Suzanne Woodward (PPI)

In early December the PPI ran our second Auckland Trade and Economic Policy School. We brought together leading national and international experts to look at how to manage inclusive and sustainable trade in today’s volatile economic and COVID19 environment. Our keynote speakers included: Minister of Trade, Export and Growth, Hon Damien O’Connor; Climate Change Minister Hon James Shaw; the UK Minister of State for Trade Policy the Rt Hon Greg Hands; managing director of the Asia Society Policy Institute (Washington D.C.), Wendy Cutler; Karsten Steinfatt, Trade and Environment Division, World Trade Organisation; Alice Tipping from the International Institute for Sustainable Development; gender trade experts from Global Affairs Canada, Georgina Wainwright-Kemdirim and the OECD’s Dr Marion Jansen.  These international guests were joined by a number of New Zealand trade specialists, including Vangelis Vitalis, Deputy Secretary Trade and Economic at MFAT, Rachel Tauleilei, Hone McGregor, Amokura Kawharu, Chris Karamea Insley and Stephanie Honey, as well as University of Auckland trade scholars. The timing of this event dovetailed with New Zealand taking up the role of APEC Chair for 2021. With the support of MFAT and the APEC Studies Centre at the University of Auckland, the PPI was able to bring together over 120 specialist policy professionals, business leaders and academics, both virtually and in person, to discuss the future of trade. For an insightful summary of the key messages, check our Richard Harman’s piece on Politik here. You can also find links to our recorded sessions on our blog - PolicyCommons

Update from the Associate Director of Graduate Programmes   

It has been a challenging year for all but through some gritty performances by the students (and staff!) we made it to the other side. A note of thanks to all the administrative, teaching and research staff who helped the programme navigate 2020 and contributed to our students' success.
Some key accomplishments in 2020 include the design and launch of the Master of Public Policy Online (MPP Online), from 11 to more than 50 students from across Aotearoa and beyond. A special thanks goes to Gay Francisco, who is also completing her doctorate in Politics and International Relations, for her committed pastoral care and support of our graduate students this year.

Our 21 collaboration with McMaster University is on track for launch in Semester 1 2021 with a partnership with Counties Manukau District Health Board, and another successful internship cohort has completed their applied policy projects with a range of government entities and not-for-profits.
Dr Julie MacArthur, has accepted a position at Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada. We thank her for her leadership and wish her the best on her new adventure! I will be assuming the coordination of the on-campus MPP in 2021.

Tim Fadgen

MPP Online
Engaging with critical policy topics as Te Tiriti o Waitangi-led processes
As a collective and ongoing endeavour, the PPI is committed to the creation of strong relationships with Iwi, hapū and communities to ensure our research engages respectfully and appropriately with Mātauranga Māori. As parties to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and in the spirit of partnership, we are further developing our understanding of Vision Mātauranga, and pathways that facilitate the co-design and delivery of research that centres our commitments to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Māori self-determination and Indigenous data sovereignty. As a means of advancing our aspirations, the PPI has continued to explore the implications of becoming bicultural, and our understandings of place, positionality and relationality as parties, and partners to Te Tiriti o Waitangi within Aotearoa New Zealand. From the outset, we understood that the aspirations of the PPI and the kaupapa emphasised are part of a much broader and complex dialogical space. The interests of our project encompass multifaceted and dynamic domains, unlikely to be accomplished across the course of one project. Our aspirations serve to further develop the foundational commitment of the PPI to be Te Tiriti o Waitangi led, whilst offering a contribution towards a broader conversation that will be, and needs to be, ongoing. Against this backdrop, we acknowledge and emphasise that the understandings we are building towards will carry beyond any individual member of our current PPI team. These are enduring aspirations that will be carried by the PPI from our immediate context, through to future horizons. 
Policy Inc
In September, the PPI’s Policy Inc(ubator) became the base for the 2020 New Zealand Election Study (NZES) operations, under the leadership of Dr Lara Greaves. The NZES has been running since 1990, but for the first time in 2020 the study included te reo Māori and Chinese language versions of the survey. Over 11,000 names were randomly selected from the electoral rolls, and we have 2,000 responses returned to date. Keep your eyes open for analysis of the results in the first half of next year.  Lara and Jennifer (our PPI Director) analysis of the 2017 data was published in the open source book titled “A Populist Exception?”, launched by the Rt Hon Jim Bolger in August. 
Gender Justice Collective
In June 2020, with the New Zealand General Election rapidly approaching, a group of concerned individuals and organisations came together to work to ensure issues of concern to women, wāhine and non-binary persons - would be included in election policy by political parties. The gender research experts ( at the PPI (Professor Jennifer Curtin, Dr Sarah Bickerton and Vic Woodman) got involved with what became the ‘The Gender Justice Collective' (GJC).  The GJC created a national online survey, leading to 3,500 responses across eight policy areas.  Drawing out the top 26 issues, the PPI team completed a textual analysis of major and minor party election policies and scored them against the survey responses.  The Gender Scorecard, (, generated considerable media attention, and has enabled the GJC to begin post-election projects to advance more substantive gender policy analysis over the next three years.
Welcome to Our New Staff
Dr Komathi Kolandai-Matchett
Komathi Kolandai-Matchett (Komie) joined the PPI as Research Development Manager and Research Fellow in late August. Komie is a multidisciplinary researcher with over 11 years of post-PhD experience. Her previous research includes media communication, education, and problem gambling public health programmes and policies. She is also a Research Fellow at COMPASS and is leading the 2021 International Social Survey Programme on the Environment, which includes a unique section on COVID-19-related environmental perceptions.
Staff Profile
Farewell to Dr Kiri Edge
As part of our ongoing engagement and aspiration to become a Te Tiriti o Waitangi led institute, the PPI has been guided by Dr Kiri Edge, as part of a post-doctoral fellowship, through reflective and collaborative korero. In this newsletter we say goodbye to Dr Edge, and congratulate her on her recent appointment as Kairangahau Matua, with the New Zealand Council of Educational Research, in Wellington. Kiri’s new role will see her contribute to the diverse and ongoing work of the New Zealand Council of Educational Research, in contributing towards research to inform and shape education broadly within Aotearoa. The PPI will enjoy an ongoing relationship with Kiri, and she has welcomed the opportunity to remain part of the PPI as a research associate. As the PPI, we thank Kiri for her contribution to our ongoing mahi, and wish her success in her new role. Ngā mihi mahana.
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

Mind the Gender Gap: Energy Employment Trends in Aotearoa New Zealand

Scant attention is paid to the gendered nature of energy sector employment internationally, but this analytical  gap is particularly pronounced in New Zealand. Energy systems globally are in the midst of significant restructuring, from pressures to decarbonize, decentralise, diversify and decolonise
Download the Briefing

Transformative Housing Policy for Aotearoa New Zealand

Housing is essential to the health and wellbeing of everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand. We need a paradigm shift which reimagines what our housing system can look like. We advocate moving from our current system where housing is commodified – a source of private wealth for some and insecurity for others – to a system where housing is available for the wellbeing of all.
Download the Briefing

Setting Targets to Reduce New Zealand Children’s Sugar Intakes through Food Reformulation

An international review found total sugars currently comprise up to one quarter (14–25%) of total energy (TE) consumed by populations. Because of their contribution to the overall energy density of diets, their association with tooth decay in children, and the 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) sugars intake guideline, reducing total sugar intakes has become a key focus of dietary interventions and policies.  

This policy briefing outlines the methods for development of targets that would reduce, by 20%, the total sugar content of packaged foods and beverages commonly consumed by New Zealand children, using either or both of: 1) reformulation (i.e. healthier recipe) 2) reductions in portion size.

Download the briefing
In Case You Missed It...

Māori Data Sovereignty: Creating policy from practice

Andrew Sporle

Watch here
Watch the recordings from the 2020 Auckland Trade and Economic Policy School
Day 1
Day 2
Transformative Housing Policy for Aotearoa New Zealand: A Briefing Note on Addressing the Housing Crisis
By Jacqueline Paul, Jenny McArthur, Jordan King and Max Harris

Read the full report
Dr Lara Greaves (Ngāpuhi, Pākehā, Tararā) has received a Marsden Fast Start grant to explore why Māori choose to enroll to vote on the Māori roll or General roll. This is an important, but unanswered question for our democracy and her the survey project will begin in 2021.
Professor Jennifer Curtin has won a Health Research Council Research Activation Grant to review the gendered impacts of COVID19 health and wellbeing policy responses in New Zealand. This will dovetail with our recently funded World Universities Network project which involves a cross-national comparison of women’s leadership, both local and national, in COVID19 health policy responses. The PPI team will be working with colleagues from the Universities of Bristol, York, Stirling and Newcastle in the UK, Maastricht University in the Netherlands, the University of Alberta in Canada, the University of Ghana, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and New Zealand’s University of Canterbury.

Dr Suzanne Woodward was awarded a UniServices CABLE grant to establish a research hub of scholars working on disaster reduction and risk management. Researchers from Engineering, Education and Social Work, Arts, and Business have already joined the hub, including AP Jay Marlowe, AP Steve Matthewman, AP Luke Goode, Dr Bridgette Sullivan-Taylor, Dr Dan Hikuroa, Dr Dulani Jayasuriya, Dr Enrique del Rey Castillo, Peter Simpson and AP Marama Muru-Lanning. If you would like to joing the research hub, or find out more about it, please email Suzanne.
On a sad note, in early December 2020 the programme lost one of our MPP students, Dianna Sutherland, to cancer. Jennifer and Tim had worked closely with Dianna since she joined the MPP in 2018. Dianna had a quick mind, was funny and engaged in the intellectual community. She was also kind and compassionate. When she had suffered a setback resulting in hospitalisation earlier this year and was explaining the tremendous difficulties she faced in writing effectively she wrote: “I’ve seen people at Uni coping with worse.” Dianna was an energetic, determined and exceptionally bright person who made a positive contribution to the intellectual community at PPI and she will be sorely missed by all who knew her. She will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy.
Title Closing date
Gas (Information Disclosure and Penalties) Amendment Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

15 January 2021
Child Support Amendment Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

18 January 2021
Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

28 January 2021
International treaty examination of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

Public submissions are now being invited on this International Treaty Examination

28 January 2021
Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

28 January 2021
Education (Strengthening Second Language Learning in Primary and Intermediate Schools) Amendment Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

28 January 2021
Rights for Victims of Insane Offenders Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

29 January 2021
District Court (Protection of Judgment Debtors with Disabilities) Amendment Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

29 January 2021
Arms (Firearms Prohibition Orders) Amendment Bill (No 2)

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

29 January 2021
Electoral (Integrity Repeal) Amendment Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

29 January 2021
Oranga Tamariki (Youth Justice Demerit Points) Amendment Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

03 February 2021
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

04 February 2021
Maori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Amendment Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

07 February 2021
Crown Pastoral Land Reform Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

22 February 2021
Social Security (Financial Assistance for Caregivers) Amendment Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

22 February 2021
Land Transport (Drug Driving) Amendment Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

26 February 2021
Family Court (Supporting Children in Court) Legislation Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

28 February 2021
Water Services Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this Bill

02 March 2021
IPPA is pleased to confirm the 5th International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP5) is coming to Barcelona in 2021! Organized alongside the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), the Conference will take place at the Raval Building of the University of Barcelona, from June 30th to July 2nd, 2021 with a pre-conference at IBEI's headquarters on June 29th.

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