New Zealand Governance & Policy

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New Zealand Governance & Policy

Commentary

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18 Aug 2017

Dual Citizenship and Section 44: What Role of the Court?

The relevance of section 44 of the Australian Constitution has again been questioned. Senator Matt Canavan has resigned as a minister on account that he might be an Italian citizen. It seems anomalous to the naked...

Article

15 Aug 2017

Strong arguments, both philosophical and practical, can be made for incorporating a UBI into our tax-benefit system. But if our objectives include social security – ensuring an adequate minimum...

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Journal

14 Aug 2017

This issue of Policy Quarterly focuses on some of the important policy issues facing New Zealand as it enters the 2017 general election campaign. There are ten invited contributions from researchers drawn from a range of disciplines and perspectives. The topics covered are mostly those...

Journal article

14 Aug 2017

The main policy problems facing education in 2017 relate to its resourcing, its structure, and the measurement of its performance and impact. Underneath the questions of whether government funding matches the greater expectations placed on education over the last decade, and whether structures...

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Journal article

14 Aug 2017

Improving health and well-being and promoting equity in outcomes are long-standing goals of New Zealand governments (for example, Department of Health, 1989; King, 2000; Ryall, 2007; Ministry of Health, 2016a, 2016b).1 New Zealand’s publicly funded health system delivers millions of high-quality...

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Working paper

10 Aug 2017

Some researchers have argued that strong periods of economic growth and economic downturns have a greater impact on the economic position of the Indigenous population than the non-Indigenous population in settler societies such as Australia and New Zealand. Māori have significantly higher levels...

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Working paper

04 Aug 2017

This chapter focusses on the question of how formal institutions, like those governing the level of freedom, the regulatory state, political parties and the generosity of the welfare state, affect self-reported well-being. The evidence suggests, for example, that more freedom, as well as...

Research report

03 Aug 2017

This report commissioned by the EMA, Auckland International Airport Ltd, Infrastructure NZ, Ports of Auckland Ltd and the National Road Carriers Association took a detailed look at the social and economic costs of congestion to Auckland’s lifestyle and economy. The report found that if Auckland’...

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Working paper

03 Aug 2017

Few new trees planted 
Low price limited effect 
Can reform fix this?​

New Zealand is the first, and still the only, country to include forest landowners as full and, in some cases, mandatory participants in a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions trading scheme (ETS), the...

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Audio interview

02 Aug 2017

Just seven weeks out from a general election New Zealand's opposition Labour party has changed leaders.

Andrew Little resigned as leader of the Labour party yesterday — following a string of poor results in the polls and support for his party plummeting to just 23 per cent.

He's...

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Conference paper

31 Jul 2017

This paper examines how the research capability of staff within New Zealand universities has evolved since the introduction in 2003 of the Performance-based Research Fund (PBRF). The analysis uses a database consisting of an anonymous ‘quality evaluation category’ (QEC) for each individual...

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Policy report

27 Jul 2017

In 2008 the United Kingdom House of Commons voted overwhelmingly in support of a new climate change law. It is a law that sets up a process for reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the future – a process that endures through changing Governments.

Some have suggested that New Zealand...

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Policy report

26 Jul 2017

Not all suicide is the same and youth suicide often has different drivers to suicide at later ages. Further while much is spoken and argued about its prevention, it remains a complex and contentious area with much advocacy for unproven interventions.

In particular this paper makes the...

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Policy report

19 Jul 2017

The New Zealand Ministry of Health’s disability respite strategy, Transforming Respite, will make it easier for carers of disabled people to have a break from their caring responsibilities.

Transforming respite sets the future direction for improving disability respite support. Changes to...

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Policy report

13 Jul 2017

This is the report of the investigation into the treatment of public servants within the New Zealand Ministry of Transport who raised concerns about the conduct of jailed fraudster Joanne Harrison. The investigation was carried out by former Deputy State Services Commissioner Sandi Beatie QSO....

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Research report

11 Jul 2017

The Monthly Economic Review is an overview of the New Zealand economy. It includes the latest data on New Zealand’s economic growth, unemployment, inflation, merchandise trade and balance of payments figures, along with certain financial data (such as the Reserve Bank’s official cash rate). The...

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Policy report

11 Jul 2017

A report for Export New Zealand.

Concerns about globalisation and trade liberalisation are growing. The rise of Donald Trump, the UK Brexit vote and the rise of nationalist political parties in much of Europe all point towards a sea change in public attitudes around trade and...

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Journal article

07 Jul 2017

The health effects of secondhand smoke (SHS) for children include increased risk of Sudden Infant Death, respiratory tract infections, exacerbations of asthma and ‘glue ear’. Levels of SHS in cars are very high, making SHS exposure in cars a particularly severe health hazard. Many countries,...

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Policy report

07 Jul 2017

This privacy impact assessment (PIA) provides an overarching, systematic evaluation of privacy and other risks associated with integrating data into the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI), and how these risks are being managed. This PIA also summarises some of the expected benefits of the IDI...

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Article

05 Jul 2017

New Zealand’s Lab+ experiment has been testing the concept of what integrated services could look like into the future. The team’s Australian lead, Pia Waugh, explores three models of user-centric services that came out of the research.

One of the outcomes of this work was, through the...