Previous events at the Public Policy Institute: 2017

The Politics of Health Forum

Barbara Fountain (New Zealand Doctor) | Richard Edlin (Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences) | Rawiri Jensen (National Hauora Coalition) | Monday 18 September

What lies in store for the health sector if there is a change in government, and what are the implications if a National-led government is re-elected?

We have assembled a panel of speakers with diverse expertise and perspectives on New Zealand’s health system to discuss issues that are hot topics for the sector, and for the wider public. Our event MC is Tim Tenbensel, Associate Professor of Health Policy, School of Population Health.

What the election means for Auckland

Paul Goldsmith (National) | Phil Twyford (Labour) Julie Anne Genter (Green) Tracey Martin (NZ First) Monday 28 August

The University of Auckland, in collaboration with its new Public Policy Institute and the University of Auckland Society, is hosting a political debate that will focus on Auckland issues. Representatives of other parties will also be attending. The debate will be convened by Associate Professor Jennifer Curtin, Director of the Public Policy Institute.

From principle to practice: Doing our bit for refugees in a time of politicised migration

Murdoch Stephens Doing Our Bit | Friday 11 August

Murdoch Stephens started the ‘Doing Our Bit' campaign to double New Zealand's refugee quota in June 2013. He will discuss the issue of refugees, resettlement and campaigning, looking at the projection of refugees as a 'burden without end' on the hosting country, untangling some of the psychological determinants that will always see refugees as a cost. Through an examination of the democratic institutions relevant to campaigns for social change, he will provide a potted history of his campaign’s move from the radical fringes to a mainstream position where it has been embraced by a wide array of individuals and institutions. Stephens questions whether those who oppose increasing the quota do so in opposition to the principle of doing our fair share, or whether there are issues of capacity that require innovative thinking and solutions, and where, in the current context, might those solutions come from.

Tensions and policies in Europe: Doing policy work in an international organisation

Alasdair Scott | International Monetary Fund | Tuesday 8 August

Alasdair Scott currently leads the IMF teams working on the Czech Republic and Finland. From 2013 through 2016 he was deputy unit chief for the United Kingdom and mission chief for Montenegro, after previously working in the euro area team during 2011 and 2012, and the IMF’s World Economic Outlook from 2007. Previously, he was at the Bank of England and Reserve Bank of New Zealand. He studied economics at the University of Auckland and Princeton University.

Youth development in Aotearoa: An ecosystem in crisis?

Anya Satyanand | Ara Taiohi | Thursday 27 April

Young people in Aotearoa have literacies, skills and unique strengths that are integral to advancing development, democracy and peace. The world they are growing into poses some pretty fierce challenges to their development in terms of increasingly complex social, economic and ecological problems. International evidence demonstrates that young people require adequate investment, promotion and recognition to realise and maximise their contribution to national development through an ecosystem of youth development inputs. It is critical therefore, that governments, as well as communities, create and sustain an enabling environment for youth development.