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Institute for Governance and Policy Studies 2022 Upcoming Events Programme

20 July: “What’s the point? Reflections on the changing role of universities from a former student, academic, politician and Vice-Chancellor”. Steve Maharey with Linda Clark

The function of universities and the role of academics has changed fundamentally over the past 50 years. As a student, academic, politician and Vice-Chancellor, Steve has experienced these changes – some positive, some not so much – first-hand. Steve will be in discussion with Linda Clark, former journalist, Victoria University law graduate and now partner at Dentons Kensington Swan.

Venue: Old Government Building Lecture Theatre 1 GBLT1, 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Wednesday 20 July, Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus.


In the pipeline - mooted IGPS events

Events in the pipeline for 2022 (with likely coordinator/presenter in brackets) include: Waste and plastics policy (Hannah Blumhardt), the situation of sole parent families (Penny Ehrhardt), The future of rail (Paul Callister), Reserve Bank independence (Chris Eichbaum), effectiveness of Government agencies’ long-term insights briefings (Jonathan Boston), imprisonment trends (Len Cook), the OECD country trust study (Santiago Gonzalez, OECD and Conal Smith), political party funding (Max Rashbrooke and Lisa Marriott), the wage share (Bill Rosenberg and Geoff Bertram), open government activities in NZ, Australia and PNG (Keitha Booth), “Individual liability for state aggression:  Questions of policy and governance” (Kennedy Graham), Chinese living in Aotearoa (Bev Hong), Business Desk’s government public sector project (Nikitin Sallee), hydrogen and global warming (Wallace Rea), Three Waters co-governance (Mike Joy), and social insurance (Michael Fletcher).

Watch this space as the events firm up!


Mike Joy delivers a Ngā Manu Winter Lecture


KCDC (Kapiti Coast District Council) allegedly “Thunderstruck” after evening with IGPS’s Mike Joy


Senior associate Len Cook’s submission on the new Statistics Bill receives good coverage

Senior associate and former Chief Statistician Len Cook’s critical submission on the new statistics bill was covered by the National Business Review (paywalled):



Wednesday wisdom recommences with senior associate Derek Gill on the international Open Budget Survey

On Wednesday 29 June the IGPS’s internal seminar programme, “Wednesday Wisdom”, recommenced with a select bunch of senior associates and staff engaging with Derek Gill’s fascinating presentation on New Zealand’s 2021 performance in the international Open Budget Survey. The 120 Country Open Budget Survey was released early June.  NZ, which has been ranked first (or first equal ) since the survey inception has now fallen off the pace and is now ranked 4th behind newcomer (in the top group) Georgia, and traditional rivals South Africa and Sweden. Derek was responsible for the New Zealand part of this project.


IGPS Director Simon Chapple on The Panel, Radio New Zealand, on political donations

IGPS Director Simon Chapple appeared on the Radio New Zealand Panel programme to discuss political donation reforms: