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Improving Intergenerational Governance

March 23, 2017 @ 8:45 am - 3:00 pm

Symposium on Improving Intergenerational Governance
Venue: Banquet Hall, Parliament
Thursday 23 March 2017
Sponsored by
Hon Paula Bennett, Deputy Prime Minister
Background and purpose: Humanity faces daunting long-term risks and challenges – climate change, failed states, mass migration, the loss of biodiversity, major natural disasters, the social ramifications of the fourth industrial revolution and the fiscal implications of population ageing, to name but a few. In recent years, the international community has agreed on a series of important long – term goals, most notably in 2015 via the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Management.
But how are such goals to be met? Moreover, in a world dominated by short – term pressures, a relentless 24 – hour media cycle, and tweeting presidents, how can democracies ensure that long-term issues receive the attention they deserve? How can governments be incentivized to safeguard the interests of future generations? How can public institutions be designed so that societies have good governance, not merely for today but also for tomorrow? Or, to put it differently, how can the quality of intergenerational governance be improved?
Victoria University of Wellington is committed to the goal of advancing better government, locally and globally.
The symposium at Parliament on 23 March is one of a series of events designed to contribute to this objective. Hosted by the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Paula Bennett, it brings together local and international researchers, senior public servants and private sector representatives to explore the challenges of governing well for the future. The symposium concludes with the launch of two books by Professor Jonathan Boston.

Brief Bios of Speakers

Hon Paula Bennett, Deputy Prime Minister
Hon Paula Bennett is Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Leader of the National Party, and MP for Upper Harbour.  She  holds  the Cabinet portfolios  of  State  Services,  Women,  Tourism,  Police,  and  Climate Change  Issues.  Before  becoming  Deputy  Prime  Minister, she  oversaw  major  reforms  as  Minister  of Social  Development  and  Employment  (2008-2011)  and  Minister  of  Social  Development  (2011–14). During that time she also served as Minister of Youth Affairs (2008-2013), Minister for Disability Issues (2008-2009),  and Associate  Minister  of  Housing  (2013–14). After  the  2014  election,  she  served  as Minister of State Services (2014–present), Minister of Social Housing (2014-2016), Associate Minister of Finance (2014-2016), Minister of Local Government (2014-2015), and Minister for Climate Change Issues (2015–present). Paula  studied  social  work  and  social  policy at Massey  University in  the  mid-1990s,  where  she  was elected  the  welfare  officer  of  the Massey  University  at  Albany  Students’  Association,  and  later  the president. After graduating, she worked as an electorate secretary for Hon  Murray McCully, National Party member of Parliament for East Coast Bays, until the 1999 general election. She then worked as a recruitment consultant for several years. She entered Parliament as a list MP in 2005.
Professor Jonathan Boston, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington
Jonathan is a leading contributor to policy debate in New Zealand on a range of issues and the author  of numerous books and articles. He served on the Tertiary Education Advisory Commission in 2000-01, helped design and oversee the implementation of the Performance-Based Research Fund during 2002-06, and co-chaired the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty  in  2012-13.  He  has  served  as  Director  of  the  Institute  of  Policy  Studies  and Director  of the  Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University.  In 2014 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to investigate ways of mitigating the ‘presentist bias’ in democratic governance –often referred to as ‘political myopia’ or ‘short-termism’. A major book based  on  this  research –Governing  for  the  Future:  Designing  Democratic  Institutions  for  a  Better Tomorrow–was  published  by  Emerald  in  late  2016.  Another  book –Safeguarding  the  Future: Governing in an Uncertain World (BWB) – will be launched at the Symposium on 23 March.
Andrew Coleman, Department of Economics, University of Otago
Andrew  is  a  member  of  the  Department  of  Economics  at  the  University  of  Otago.  He  works  on intertemporal  economic  issues,  with a  recent  focus  on  the  intergenerational consequences  of  New Zealand’s tax, housing market, and retirement income policies.
He  was  employed  as  a  Principal Advisor at The New Zealand Treasury from 2012-2016, and was a member of the Savings Working Group in 2010.

Professor Grant Guilford, Vice-Chancellor, Victoria University of Wellington
Professor Guilford took up the role of Vice-Chancellor in March 2014. He was previously the Dean of the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Auckland and a member of its Senior Management Team. He  has  successfully  led  large  and  complex  academic  organisations,  beginning  with  the  Institute  of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University. Professor  Guilford  holds  Bachelor  of  Philosophy  and  Bachelor  of Veterinary  Science  degrees  from Massey University and a PhD in Nutrition from the University of California, Davis. Earlier in his career, he  undertook  teaching,  research,  clinical  and  leadership  roles  at  the  University  of  Missouri,  the University of California, Davis, and Massey University.
He has driven major capital works processes and participated in a wide range of commercialisation processes, and has been on the board of a number of companies, research consortia, joint ventures, centres of research excellence and a Crown Research Institute.

Peter Hughes, State Services Commissioner
Peter took up the role of State Services Commissioner and Head of State Services on 4 July 2016. He has had a career spanning more than thirty-five years in various roles across the state sector. Before joining the State Services Commission he served as Secretary for Education for three years from 2013. Prior to this he was Professor of Public Management and Head of the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington from 2011. He started his career in the Public Service as a clerk at the Department of Social Welfare and his roles have included providing policy advice, working in the field and senior executive management. Peter was Chief Executive at the Ministry of Social Development for ten years, and before that was Secretary for Internal Affairs, Chief Executive of  the Health Funding Authority and Deputy Director-General of Health. Peter was named Government Department CEO of the year four times by TransTasman Magazine.  In  2012 he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the State and in 2013 was voted Wellingtonian of the Year in the Government category.

Professor Wendy Larner, Provost, Victoria University of Wellington
Wendy is an internationally respected social scientist whose research sits in the interdisciplinary fields of globalisation, governance and gender. She completed her BSocSci at Waikato, MA (First Class Hons) at Canterbury, and her PhD as a Canadian Commonwealth Scholar at Carleton University in Ottawa.  She has held academic positions at the University of Waikato, University of Auckland and University of Bristol, and Visiting Fellowships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Queen Mary University, and University of Frankfurt. Professor Larner is a trustee of the Antipode Foundation and has served on the editorial boards of 11 international journals, the Social Sciences and other Cultural/Social Sciences Panel of the New Zealand Performance  Based  Research  Fund,  and  the  Archaeology  and  Geography  Panel  of  the  UK  Research Excellence Framework. Her research has been recognised with a range  of scholarships and awards,  including a Fulbright Senior Fellowship, Fellow of the New Zealand Geographical Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK).

Associate  Professor  Michael  Macaulay 
Associate  Professor  Macaulay  is  the  Director  of  the  Institute  for  Governance  and  Policy Studies at the School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington
Michael is currently a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Sunderland (UK) and York St John (UK), and is a former Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg (South Africa).
He has published extensively in the fields of integrity, ethics and anti-corruption in leading international journals. During 2013-2016 Michael was the co-editor of the International Journal of Public Administration. He has edited several special issues Including Public Administration Review and International Review of Administrative Sciences,  and  he  sits  on  the  editorial  boards  of several  other  journals. He  was  appointed co-chair of the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA) permanent study group on integrity and quality of governance in 2011. Michael   is  course   co-ordinator   for Emerging   Perspectives   on   Public   Management (PUBL   311) and Public   Integrity (GOVT   534). He   is   also   course   co-ordinator   for   the   ANZSOG   executive  workshop Leading Ethical Organisations and is a major contributor to Delivering Public Value on the ANZSOG Executive MPA programme. Away from academia, Michael spent seven years as a judge in the UK (Teesside Bench) and has worked with numerous government agencies and NGOs in New Zealand and internationally, including the NZ Police,  the   United  Nations  Office   on  Drugs  and  Crime   (UNODC)   the   Council  of  Europe   and Transparency International.He has represented New Zealand at the OGP Global summit (2015) and the  inaugural  Asia-Pacific  Regional  Summit  in  2014  and  works  extensively  with  civil  society  and government agencies to promote OGP initiatives throughout the country.

Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC
Barrister, Harbour Chambers, Wellington; Distinguished Fellow, Faculty of Law and Centre for Public Law, Victoria University of Wellington; Global Affiliated Professor, College of Law, University of Iowa;  Visiting Professor Queen Mary, University of London.
Born in Nelson Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC was admitted as a solicitor in 1965 and to the bar in 1966 and practiced in Wellington with O’Flynn and Christie before taking up a British Commonwealth Fellowship to the University of Chicago where he graduated JD cum laude in 1967. He was a law professor in the United  States  and  New  Zealand  for some  years  before  entering  politics  as  the  MP  for  Christchurch Central in 1979. In Parliament he held the offices of Attorney-General, Minister of Justice, Leader of the  House,  Deputy  Prime  Minister  and  Prime  Minister.  He  was  Minister  for  the  Environment 1987-1990. On leaving politics in 1990 he was a law professor at the University of Iowa and the Victoria University of Wellington. In 1994 he became a Foundation Partner of Chen & Palmer Public Law Specialists where he  remained  until  2005  when  he  was  appointed  President  of  the  Law  Commission,  a  position  he occupied until 2010. During that period he also chaired the Legislation Advisory Committee. He has appeared extensively in the superior courts including the Privy Council. He is a member of the Her Majesty’s Privy Council, was made a Knight CHe is a member of the Her Majesty’s Privy Council, was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1991 and was made an honorary companion to the Order of Australia the same  year.  He  was  made  a  member  of  the  Global  500  Roll  of  Honour  by  the  United  Nations Environment Programme.  He was elected a member of the American Law Institute, a Member of the American  Association  of  International  Law  and  a  Fellow  of  the  World  Academy  of  Arts  and Sciences. He is a member of the New Zealand Law Society Rule of Law Committee. He holds honorary doctorates from four universities. In 2016 he was made a Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple in London. In 2010 and 2011 he chaired the Panel of Inquiry on the 31 May 2010 Flotilla Incident for the United Nations in New York that reported  to the Secretary-General. For eight years he was New Zealand’s Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission. He has more than 100 publications in legal periodicals and chapters in books that can be accessed on the Social Science Research Network. He  is  also  the  author  or  co- author  of  twelve  books,  including Reform –a  Memoir published  by  the Victoria  University  Press  in  November  2013.    These  include  a  teaching  text  on  international environmental  law  with  two  American  scholars  that  is  in  its  third  edition.    He  teaches  a  course  on climate change and the law and another on public law in Wellington.  In March 2015 he delivered the  Scarman lecture at the Middle Temple in London entitled “The Law Reform Enterprise: Evaluating the Past and Charting the Future” that appeared in the Law Quarterly Review in July 2015. In 2016 he published with Andrew Butler A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand(Victoria University Press).

Tina Porou, Head of Sustainability, Environment and Communities, Contact Energy
Tina  is  of  Ngāti  Porou and Ngāti Tūwharetoa  descent.  From  an  academic  background  in  geography holding a Master’s Degree from Waikato University, she has focused her career in the field of sustainability.  She  is  deeply  committed  to  her  iwi  and  hapu  and  using  her  skills  to  grow  their aspirations  for  the  collective. She has  worked  in  a  range of complex Māori organisations and corporates to gain a unique understanding of the drivers of these entities in developing and protecting their  assets.  She  has  developed  resource  management  programmes, managed  stakeholders  and grown through her governance roles, the organisational stability and growth for the organisations she is involved with.
She is passionate about Māori commercial growth to build jobs, not just balance sheets, and finding innovative ways to achieve that.She is keenly interested in innovation and transformational change in commercial organisations and is constantly looking for learnings in this space, in particular to use this  innovation  to  answer  the  hard  questions  around  socio-economic  growth, cultural  preservation and environmental stability.

Vicky Robertson, Secretary for the Environment
Vicky was appointed to her current role in April 2015. An internationally experienced executive with a  background  in  law  and  economics,  Vicky  is  a  champion  for  inclusive  growth,  transparency  and accountability in the state sector. Before her appointment, Vicky was a key member of the Treasury’s senior leadership team, where she held Deputy Chief Executive, Chief Operating Officer and Acting Secretary and Chief Executive positions.Vicky has led from the front. For example, as a member of the steering group for Te Hono Bootcamp -a network of primary sector leaders using design to realise the full potential of our exports. Vicky’s involvement  has  given  the  business  leaders  a  richer  understanding  of  the  wider  context  their industries  are  operating  in,  including  risks  and  opportunities  associated  with  shifts  in  the  global economy. Through Te Hono Vicky has also brought new approaches to policy development for more effective public services. This includes “design thinking”, a methodology being used to better understand the realities of people living in hardship as part of the Treasury’s social inclusion work. The Ministry for the Environment’s involvement in Te Hono will allow effective collaboration and policy development as the primary sector strives for sustainable growth. Vicky  is  passionate  about  diversity  as  a  critical  factor  in  high  performing  organisations  and  speaks regularly at business and industry forums. She has worked extensively with iwi throughout her career and in recent years has attended Treaty of Waitangi events as a senior representative. She has been involved  in  significant  interdepartmental  strategic  policy  programmes,  including  the  Social Housing Programme, the establishment of KiwiSaver, the New Zealand National Retirement Savings Scheme and  leading  the  group  involved  in  a  cross-departmental review of New Zealand’s Climate Change policy. Her  leadership  experience  extends  to  strategic  organisational  initiatives, such as the Treasury’s programme to develop stronger relationships with Maori. Her professional accomplishments include a year’s secondment to the United Nations Development Programme, where she led a strategic and structural review of the organisation.

Professor Petra Tschakert
Professor Petra Tschakert is the Centenary Professor in Rural Development at the University of Western Australia. Professor Tschakert is a leading researcher in a range of areas including climate change adaptation, adaptive    capacity,    anticipatory learning,    and    loss    and    damage;    societal    transformation; environmental/climatic  changes  and  forced  migration;  terrestrial carbon  sequestration  and  climate change mitigation. She has  recently  been  appointed  as  the  Coordinating  Lead  Author  for  Chapter  5  (Sustainable Development,  Poverty  Eradication  and  Reducing  Inequalities)  of  the  IPCC’s  Special  Report  on  1.5C Global Warming. Previously, she served as a Coordinating Lead Author of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She worked on Chapter 13 (“Livelihoods and Poverty”) of the Working Group II Report on Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, and was part of the Core Writing Team of the AR5 Synthesis Report.Her  research  activities  and  practice  focus  broadly  on  human-environment  interactions  and  more specifically on rural livelihoods, environmental change, marginalization, social learning, and deliberate societal transformation. Her academic training is in Geography, Applied Anthropology, and Arid Lands Resources  Sciences.  Her  main  interest  lies  in  the  theoretical  and  empirical intersections  of  political ecology,     environmental     justice,     complex     systems     science,     and     participatory research.

Associate Professor Marjan van den Belt, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability),Victoria University of Wellington
Marjan is an Ecological Economist with community development, consulting and research expertise –
including as a Science leader on MBIE-funded programmes – using trans-disciplinary approaches at multiple  levels  of scale  related  to  ecosystems  and  human  well-being;  prerequisites  for sustainable futures. She holds a PhD in Marine Estuarine Environmental Science from the University of Maryland, USA  and  a  Masters in  Business  Economics  from  Erasmus  University  Rotterdam, Netherlands.  She is currently on the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Business Council and on the Board of Trustees of the  NZ  Global  Studies  Centre.  She  served  as  an Expert  for  the  United  Nations  World  Oceans Assessment; Member of Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and on four Editorial Boards of international journals


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