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This collection is supported by the Australia and New Zealand School of Government and the Victoria University of Wellington's School of Government and includes policy research, commentary, audio, video, websites and other content related to New Zealand and/or published by New Zealand authors and organisations on all topics. If you know of other sources producing regular policy related research from or about New Zealand please email: NZeditor@apo.org.au

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New Zealand Governance & Policy

Article

20 Oct 2017

When New Zealand’s 37-year-old Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern is formally sworn in as Prime Minister there will be some, on both sides of the Tasman, who will try to question her legitimacy. Those doing so will reveal they do not understand New Zealand’s proportional representation system.

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Audio program

15 Oct 2017

The Ministry of Social Development says its mission is to help people look after...

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Research report

11 Oct 2017

We examine the phenomenon of globalisation as it affects New Zealand. We look at its impact on New Zealand and ask whether it is a force which has had its day (peak globalisation) or is it continuing to morph and evolve.

We found that there was widespread concern that on-going de-...

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Policy report

11 Oct 2017

We think New Zealand voters should be given better information about the fiscal consequences of political parties’ election promises. We offer some observations and suggestions on how.

During the last election campaign, the Labour and National parties debated the fiscal consequences of...

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Policy report

30 Sep 2017

Colorado Health Institute vice-president Amy Downs spent seven months in New Zealand between February and August 2017 as an Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellow in Public Policy and was hosted by Treasury.

This is her report of her findings, which examines and reports on the reforms of the...

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Research report

28 Sep 2017

Purpose 

Jobless households in New Zealand looks at the number and structure of jobless households in New Zealand, and examines some of the characteristics of the individuals living in these households. Data from the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) has been...

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Other text

26 Sep 2017

What is the role of science as an institution in a world where trust in institutions, elites and experts may be in decline? How can we ensure respect for the place of scientifically derived knowledge, and for ensuring the distinction between fact and opinion, and how can we ensure policy makers...

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Research report

25 Sep 2017

The Ministry of Health (MoH) asked Sapere Reaserch Group to determine the costs of the waterborne disease outbreak in Havelock North, the largest outbreak of its kind in New Zealand. The contamination was discovered on 12th August 2016 and the primary impacts lasted for approximately four weeks...

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Journal article

21 Sep 2017

Core Ideas: 

  • Contaminant yields increased with increasing stream order in catchments dominated by agriculture.
  • Fencing off high-order streams from stock misses 77% of national contaminant load from small-order streams.
  • Hence, to reduce contaminant losses to small
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Commentary

20 Sep 2017

This article from the Professor of Health Policy and Management, Victoria University of Wellington, presents an overview and assessment of the New Zealand health system. She says New Zealand’s health care system is comprehensive and largely publicly funded and it generally performs well, but...

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Video lecture/presentation

20 Sep 2017

Capital gains tax. It’s a topic that comes around every election year, and 2017 is no exception. Sometimes it’s a scaremongering tactic used to warn voters off considering rival parties. Sometimes it’s presented as a serious policy option that can, and should, be implemented. As always, the...

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Conference paper

18 Sep 2017

This policy paper examines China's foreign political influence activities under Xi Jinping, using one very representative state, New Zealand, as a case study.

New Zealand’s relationship with China is of interest, because the Chinese government regards New Zealand as an exemplar of how it...

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Video program

12 Sep 2017

This New Zealand documentary from Bryan Bruce investigates the reasons house prices have soared while the home ownership rate is falling. The result is there are people sleeping in cars and "rental refugees" in Whangarei.

In considering causes, Bruce reflects "My dad was a postman and my...

Audio program

11 Sep 2017

In New Zealand, this is Maori Language Week, or Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori.

Some Australians point to New Zealand's record on the widespread acceptance and adoption of Maori language, and make comparisons with this country, where there is yet to be such success around Aboriginal and Torres...

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Policy report

11 Sep 2017

This research note recommends a return to New Zealand’s long-cherished bipartisan trade policy that has been damaged in recent years’ debates over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Key points

  • The US economy is growing steadily at 2%, and unemployment is low
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Audio program

10 Sep 2017

Mental illness is on the rise. In the last two years, the number of people seen by a GP with a diagnosed mental health issue has increased by 22 percent. And it's expected to get worse. The World Health Organisation predicts that depression will be the second leading cause of disability in the...

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Article

01 Sep 2017

The ultimate aim of any human society should be to ensure the prosperity, freedom and fulfilment for all of its members. Our shared natural, economic and social resources are part of a common inheritance or ‘commonwealth’, therefore must be utilised in the best interests of all citizens. However...

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Policy report

01 Sep 2017

The first independent and not for profit gathering aimed at solving Auckland’s housing crisis was held on 1 August 2017. Its underlying foundations were developed by housing strategist Leonie Freeman in 2016 in the paper “A Comprehensive Solution to Solve Auckland’s Housing Crisis”. The full...

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Research report

30 Aug 2017

This report is part of the Policy Project (PP) people capability workstream, agreed by the Head of Policy Profession (HoPP) Board in 2016. The Board commissioned the PP team to:

  • support agencies to use the policy improvement frameworks, including the Policy Skills Framework (PSF)
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Audio interview

29 Aug 2017

New Zealand's Labour Party has unveiled its biggest promise, free university courses. It's something we haven't seen in Australia since the 1980s,

PM host, Matt Wordsworth, speaks to one of Australia's leading education experts, Andrew Norton from the Grattan Institute, to ask why.

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