Policy briefings

Our summaries of selected issues facing New Zealand, the policy options to deal with them, and some recommendations on the best option.

Mātauranga Māori - The ūkaipō of knowledge in New Zealand

Mātauranga Māori spans Māori knowledge, culture, values and world view. Hitherto mostly ignored or disregarded by the science community because it seemed to be myth and legend, fantastic and implausible, mātauranga Māori includes knowledge generated using techniques consistent with the scientific method, but explained according to a Māori world view. Acknowledging this extends the history of scientific endeavour back to when Māori arrived in Aotearoa and Te Wai Pounamu, many centuries ago.

School-based health services and improving students' mental health

Mental health problems are global, and a common burden for adolescents. One avenue for improving access and support for adolescents is through school-based health services (SBHS). These provide comprehensive and appropriate care, which aims to be accessible and low-cost. While SBHS have been shown to improve access to mental health services, evidence of their effectiveness in terms of students' mental health has been limited.

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School-based health services and improving students' mental health
Associate Professor Simon Denny, Dr Hamish Howie, Sue Grant, Ross Galbreath, Dr Jennifer Utter, Dr Theresa Fleming, Dr Terryann Clark (320.2 kB, PDF)

Measuring and managing health system performance in New Zealand

In July 2016, New Zealand introduced a new approach to measuring and monitoring health system performance — the ‘Systems Level Measure Framework’ — designed to stimulate a 'whole of system' approach requiring inter-organisational collaboration for planning and achieving improved health outcomes. This approach demonstrates a policy commitment to effective integration of health services, but there will also be many significant challenges to be addressed if it is to be implemented successfully.

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Measuring and managing health system performance in New Zealand
Dr Linda Chalmers, Professor Toni Ashton, Associate Professor Tim Tenbensel (216.7 kB, PDF)

Community energy and climate change: Promising and cautionary tales in Canada

Canada has a long history of co-operative and municipal activity in community energy initiatives, even though it is a resource-rich state with one of the highest per capita greenhouse gas footprints, and political issues, geographic scale and incumbent industries complicate broader community participation.

Managing migration in big cities and the growth of urban peripheries

In recent years, the focus of policing in international migration has increasingly shifted from exclusion and border control to migration management.

Locating methamphetamine manufacture in New Zealand

There are strong regional trends in methamphetamine lab location that cannot be effectively explained by socio-demographic or ecological factors. Social norms in communities also matter, meaning community action groups could become a focus for intervention.

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Locating methamphetamine manufacture in New Zealand
Ashley Howell, Dr David Newcombe, Dr Daniel Exeter (151.5 kB, PDF)

Hot property in New Zealand: Housing bubbles in the metropolitan centres

Housing has become prohibitively expensive in many regions of New Zealand, putting home ownership beyond the reach of a growing number of New Zealand households, particularly those without wider sources of family financial support.

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Hot property in New Zealand: Housing bubbles in the metropolitan centres
Dr Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy, Distinguished Professor Peter C.B. Phillips (316.6 kB, PDF)