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Blog | Proposed Changes to Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children 

By Simran Sonawalla  A new law designed to improve the oversight of agencies responsible for protecting children, and young people who are at-risk is currently being debated in parliament. As it stands, there have been several critiques and support for this bill.  The Oversight of Oranga Tamariki System and Children and Young People’s Commission Bill … Continue reading Blog | Proposed Changes to Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children 

Blog | Māori Health Authority: Bureaucracy?

Written by Shirin Ranjbar The New Zealand government is due to abolish the twenty District Health Boards by July this year. The new health system will include a new Māori Health Authority. Instead of twenty different decision makers, the country will have a singular decision maker.  The current system is characterised by fragmentation, where a … Continue reading Blog | Māori Health Authority: Bureaucracy?

Blog | Search and Surveillance; the price of safety?

Islamic Women’s Council national co-ordinator Aliya Danzeisen. [xvi] By Jingshu Xu The Search and Surveillance bill [i] will be up for review this year as part of the government’s response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry’s recommendations about the Christchurch masjidain terrorist attack on March 15, 2019[ii] [iii]. The bill was originally created in 2012 … Continue reading Blog | Search and Surveillance; the price of safety?

Blog | Speak For Yourself: Balloting the House of Representatives on their Speaker 

The Right Honourable Trevor Mallard, Speaker of the House of Representatives By Nicholas Langrell-Read I The Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives (herein the House) holds an important constitutional office and performs crucial roles with regard to the functioning of the House. Two such roles are chairing meetings of and maintaining order in … Continue reading Blog | Speak For Yourself: Balloting the House of Representatives on their Speaker 

Blog | “New Zealand’s Moonshot”: The Road To Predator Free 2050

Written by Ethan McCormick  In 2016 the John Key government announced that New Zealand would eradicate all rats, possums, and mustelids by 2050. It’s a goal of mind-boggling scale that was dubbed “New Zealand’s moon shot” by the late Sir Paul Callaghan [1]. Since the announcement, the mission of Predator Free 2050 has received support … Continue reading Blog | “New Zealand’s Moonshot”: The Road To Predator Free 2050

Blog | Attorney-General, David Parker, rejects Rotorua District Council Representative Arrangements Bill

Pictured above: David Parker, Attorney-General of New Zealand.  By Emilie Paris Baldauf  The Rotorua District Council Representative Arrangements Bill was drafted by the Rotorua Lakes Council and brought to Parliament by Rotorua-based Labour MP Tamati Coffey. It would grant 21,700 Māori roll voters three seats in the electorate, the same number of seats given to … Continue reading Blog | Attorney-General, David Parker, rejects Rotorua District Council Representative Arrangements Bill

Blog | Multiple Sides to Every Story: Revamping the New Zealand History Curriculum

By Simran Sonawalla After three years in the making, Hon Chris Hipkins announces the release of Aotearoa New Zealand history curriculum, which will be compulsory in every school throughout years 1 to 10 [1]. The programme — officially known as Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories/Te Takanga o Te Wā — is part of the social sciences … Continue reading Blog | Multiple Sides to Every Story: Revamping the New Zealand History Curriculum

Blog | Everything You Need to Know About Auckland Light Rail

An artist’s depiction of light rail in Mt Roskill [1]. By Samuel Hill After several years of talks about light rail coming to Auckland, the Government confirmed earlier this year that work will proceed on a partially-tunnelled light rail line extending from the CBD to Auckland Airport [1]. The project has been the subject of … Continue reading Blog | Everything You Need to Know About Auckland Light Rail

Blog | The Black Gold: A Look Into New Zealand’s Fuel Resilience Among Shifting Global Winds. 

By Raphaël Rauner As the Russo-Ukrainian conflict intensifies, the global geopolitical narrative is shifting. It impacts every actor on the world stage- from small to large. It also raises questions about New Zealand’s place in the world and our dependence on international partners. This article is not about foreign policy. It’s about New Zealand’s fuel … Continue reading Blog | The Black Gold: A Look Into New Zealand’s Fuel Resilience Among Shifting Global Winds. 

Blog | Firearm Protection Orders: A Silver Bullet for New Zealand’s Gun Violence?

By Maddison Lewis Gun violence has become a prominent issue in the public eye. In 2020, New Zealand saw a record-breaking level of gun violence, and Auckland saw a 49 percent increase in firearms-related injuries over a year and a half at the end of 2021 [1]. Against this background, the Justice Select Committee is … Continue reading Blog | Firearm Protection Orders: A Silver Bullet for New Zealand’s Gun Violence?

Blog | Do Planning Reforms Spell An End to the Housing Crisis?

Amendments to the Resource Management Act (RMA) promise up to 105,000 houses over eight years [1]. But are these changes going to help end New Zealand’s housing crisis? By Charlie Matthews The Changes Parliament has recently passed the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Bill. The main aim of the changes is … Continue reading Blog | Do Planning Reforms Spell An End to the Housing Crisis?

Blog | Government Seeks to Repeal Three Strikes Law

The government is seeking to repeal the controversial three strikes law, which mandates maximum penalties for third-time violent offenders. The debate over the proposed repeal has raised claims that the three strikes framework disproportionately impacts Māori, that it is in breach of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act, and that the sentencing law is … Continue reading Blog | Government Seeks to Repeal Three Strikes Law

Blog | Inflation in Aotearoa: The Facts, The Roots, and Policy Responses.

By Matt Fletcher The complex realities of Covid-19 have had profound effects on economies across the globe – impacting consumers directly in their pockets. Disruptions to supply chains, shifts in consumer spending, and heightened government expenditure have culminated in decades-high inflation. These figures scarcely remain absent from headlines, from the United States witnessing annual inflation … Continue reading Blog | Inflation in Aotearoa: The Facts, The Roots, and Policy Responses.

Blog | A Game Between the Haves and the Have-nots: A look into legal aid

Chief Justice Helen Winkelmann has said the legal aid system is “broken” and on the brink of “collapse” (Hancock, 2021). Have successive governments driven the system into crisis as CJ Winkelmann alludes? Is the system now a game between the haves and the have not? This article will take a closer look at the current … Continue reading Blog | A Game Between the Haves and the Have-nots: A look into legal aid

Understanding the Public Sector Wage Freeze

By Cole Reyno On 4 May, the Labour Government announced a three-year extension to the public sector pay freeze. This freezes the wages of public sector workers earning over $100,000 per year, and most earning over $60,000 per year except in “exceptional circumstances”.[1] This policy will largely impact those workers described as Labour’s traditional voter … Continue reading Understanding the Public Sector Wage Freeze

Shift in Foreign Policy: New Zealand, Five Eyes, China and the Uyghur:

By Sara Khatau New Zealand, though a small country, has gained a big reputation for being a moral superpower. In the aftermath of the March 15th terror attacks, the world celebrated New Zealand’s strong rejection of Islamophobia. New Zealand recently signalled a desire to assert its brand of value-based politics at the Christchurch call. However, … Continue reading Shift in Foreign Policy: New Zealand, Five Eyes, China and the Uyghur:

DELEGATE APPLICATIONS FOR 2021 ARE NOW OPEN!!

APPLY TO BE A DELEGATE HERE The Public Policy Club has some amazing initiatives planned for 2021, and we’d love to give our wonderful members the opportunity to be involved! There are THREE distinct roles that you can apply for: a High Schools Coordinator, a Content Creator, or a Competitions/Event Coordinator High Schools Coordinator Tertiary Coordinator … Continue reading DELEGATE APPLICATIONS FOR 2021 ARE NOW OPEN!!

Blog | Leaving 2020 Without an EU-NZ Free Trade Agreement in Sight

By Callia Drinkwater Bested only by China and Australia, the European Union is New Zealand’s third-largest trading partner. [1] In 2008, New Zealand entered a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China, [2] and in 2018 an agreement with Australia, but in 2020 we’ve still got standard tariffs with Europe. From the outset, it would seem … Continue reading Blog | Leaving 2020 Without an EU-NZ Free Trade Agreement in Sight

Blog | Road to Reconciliation: Theorizing Rwanda 1994 and Post-Conflict Resolution

By Pau Sicat The Rwandan genocide in 1994 is widely regarded as the deadliest and “the fastest mass killing in history”. It was led by the Rwandan military with at least 600,000 Tutsis and Hutus killed within the short span of a few months. To answer what the common causes of genocide are, we can … Continue reading Blog | Road to Reconciliation: Theorizing Rwanda 1994 and Post-Conflict Resolution

Blog | Nothing To Lose: Lessons from Portugal’s Drug Policy Reform

By Pau Sicat It is quite rare that a government would propose drastic solutions like decriminalising all drugs as a way to alleviate the country’s drug problems, yet Portugal has done just that. Current day Portugal is like a dream come true for recreational drug users. In 2001, the government decriminalised all drugs, and sought … Continue reading Blog | Nothing To Lose: Lessons from Portugal’s Drug Policy Reform

Blog | Governing In Times Of Crisis: Poll Booster?

By Nick Howell Labour is leading the pack coming up to the general election of 17 October. How have they gained such a formidable lead? Is it due to their handling of the COVID-19 crisis or the fumbling of the National Party? Labour is contesting the upcoming election from an unprecedented position of power; the … Continue reading Blog | Governing In Times Of Crisis: Poll Booster?

Blog | Green Doctors: How Medical Marijuana is Progressing in New Zealand

by Callia Drinkwater If the cannabis referendum pamphlet seemed slightly out of touch to you when it claimed that “The proposed Bill does not cover medical cannabis… These are covered by existing laws.” you’re not alone. New Zealand legalising medicinal marijuana slipped entirely under the radar for many, and for good reason – it only … Continue reading Blog | Green Doctors: How Medical Marijuana is Progressing in New Zealand

Blog | The New Party on the Block: Who are the Sustainability party?

By Callia Drinkwater Since the 2017 election, six new parties have registered to be included on the 2020 ballot. Among these are a variety of Christian value parties, centerism parties, and a conspiracism party. A familiar face can be found in the Sustainable New Zealand Party, led by former Green Party MP, Vernon Tava. The … Continue reading Blog | The New Party on the Block: Who are the Sustainability party?

Blog | Baby Back Benches: Aryana from Young National

This is the fifth of our Bants with Baby Back Benches interviews. Through this series we want our readers to get to know the youth leaders of our political parties, ready for our eventual youth leaders debate, and the upcoming election. If you’d instead like to listen to our complete conversation click here By Paul Simperingham, interview … Continue reading Blog | Baby Back Benches: Aryana from Young National

Blog | Bants with the Baby Back Benches: Artie of TOP on Campus

This is the sixth and final of our Bants with Baby Back Benches interviews. Through this series we want our readers to get to know the youth leaders of our political parties, ready for our eventual youth leaders debate, and the upcoming election. If you’d instead like to listen to our complete conversation click here By Liam … Continue reading Blog | Bants with the Baby Back Benches: Artie of TOP on Campus

Blog | Bants with the Baby Back Benches: Adam of Princes Street Labour

This is the third of our Bants with Baby Back Benches interviews. Through this series we want our readers to get to know the youth leaders of our political parties, ready for our eventual youth leaders debate, and the upcoming election. This edition is with Adam Brand, the Chair of Princes Street Labour If you’d instead … Continue reading Blog | Bants with the Baby Back Benches: Adam of Princes Street Labour

Blog | Bants with the Baby Back Benches: Felix of Young ACT

This is the fourth of our Bants with Baby Back Benches interviews. Through this series we want our readers to get to know the youth leaders of our political parties, ready for our eventual youth leaders debate, and the upcoming election. This edition is with Felix Poole, the President of Young ACT NZ If you’d instead … Continue reading Blog | Bants with the Baby Back Benches: Felix of Young ACT

Blog | Bants with the Baby Back Benches: Jay of Young New Zealand First

This is the second of our Bants with Baby Back Benches interviews. Through this series we want our readers to get to know the youth leaders of our political parties, ready for our eventual youth leaders debate, and the upcoming election. This edition is with Jay McLaren-Harris the chairperson of Young New Zealand First. By Paul … Continue reading Blog | Bants with the Baby Back Benches: Jay of Young New Zealand First

Blog | Bants with the Baby Back Benches: Natalie of Greens on Campus

This is the first of our Bants with Baby Back Benches interviews. Through this series we want our readers to get to know the youth leaders of our political parties, ready for our eventual youth leaders debate, and the upcoming election. If you’d instead like to listen to our complete conversation click here By Liam Davies On … Continue reading Blog | Bants with the Baby Back Benches: Natalie of Greens on Campus

Blog | The Dragon and the Kiwi: Where are NZ-China Relations headed?

By Liam Davies As New Zealand’s battle with COVID-19 comes to an end, is an economic battle on the horizon? Comments made by Winston Peters have created quite the fuss with China. How will NZs economy fair as China decides how to respond?  A few ‘wrong’ statements A word that comes to mind when thinking … Continue reading Blog | The Dragon and the Kiwi: Where are NZ-China Relations headed?

Blog |Left Behind: The Story of New Zealand’s Gig Workers

By Avinash Govind Left Behind: The Story of New Zealand’s Gig Workers Earlier this year, amid the unveiling of the government’s COVID-19 economic response packages, many individuals in a small but growing section of our workforce were left without the ability to access the wage subsidy scheme. While the government programs were designed to ease … Continue reading Blog |Left Behind: The Story of New Zealand’s Gig Workers

Blog |Evidence-based Policymaking, A Double-edged Sword?

The potentiality and limitations of the role of evidence on decision-making in policy formulation By Pau Sicat In light of the recent rapid changes happening around the world due to COVID-19, many are arguing that adopting a purely evidence-based policymaking approach is required. That it has become more crucial than ever that evidence and science … Continue reading Blog |Evidence-based Policymaking, A Double-edged Sword?

Blog | The COVID-19 Economy: The Crisis and the Government’s Response

By Paul Simperingham COVID-19 has and will continue to have a drastic impact on the New Zealand economy. Global travel has ground to a halt, trade has been reduced, people have lost jobs, and the stock market is extremely volatile. OECD secretary-general Angel Gurria has warned that the economic fallout of this virus will last … Continue reading Blog | The COVID-19 Economy: The Crisis and the Government’s Response

Apply to be in the Public Policy Club Exec for 2020!

The Public Policy is opening Executive Committee positions for 2020! We are looking for passionate and self-led students to be a part of our team during a critical election year. In this role, you can work with other PPC team members to create content, competitions or events that increase youth engagement with public policy. You … Continue reading Apply to be in the Public Policy Club Exec for 2020!

Blog | Local Election Watch 2019: Electing the Leaders of Our Healthcare System

By Yi Xin Heng Healthcare remains a perennial concern of New Zealanders, which is why the local elections for District Health Board (DHB) candidates should be closely watched. Candidates will be competing against a backdrop of mounting dissatisfaction expressed by both DHB employees and the public. In 2018, for instance, 30,000 nurses were involved in … Continue reading Blog | Local Election Watch 2019: Electing the Leaders of Our Healthcare System

Blog | Local Election Watch 2019: Declining Voter Turnout – Causes and Solutions

By Paul Simperingham Voter turnout for local elections in New Zealand has been falling since the 1980s, with the 2019 Auckland race set to be the lowest in our city’s history. From 1989 to 2016, mayoral turnout has gone from 57% to 42%, and council voter turnout has fallen from 56% to 43% [1]. Meanwhile, … Continue reading Blog | Local Election Watch 2019: Declining Voter Turnout – Causes and Solutions

Blog | Local Election Watch 2019: The Role of Mayor

By Jonathan de Jongh With voting papers now out, the local elections offer important decisions regarding local government for the coming few years. Auckland is currently facing issues regarding transport, housing, the environment, and social policy. It is the Council’s role, along with its members and civil servants to implement strategies that help better the Auckland … Continue reading Blog | Local Election Watch 2019: The Role of Mayor

Blog | Local Election Watch 2019: Protecting the Natural Environment

By Alfred Kim Auckland Council’s Pre-Election Report stated that “there’s more that could be done; the challenge [of protecting our natural environment] is to decide what should be done and how.”[1] This article will highlight the solutions that mayoral candidates have for this challenge. For further information on these environmental policies and more, you can get … Continue reading Blog | Local Election Watch 2019: Protecting the Natural Environment

Blog | Local Election Watch 2019: The ABC’s of the Auckland Race

By Ellis Pike So, you’re enrolled to vote in the local elections? For most people, probably not, and for those who are, you might not know what’s going on. This article will outline the key things to know and the websites to visit to best use your vote. The first step when looking into the … Continue reading Blog | Local Election Watch 2019: The ABC’s of the Auckland Race

Blog | Auckland’s Economists on New Zealand: Policy Problems, Solutions, and Misconceptions

By Paul Simperingham Recently, Paul Simperingham of the Public Policy Club’s content team sat down with three of the University of Auckland’s most prominent economists to discuss pressing policy matters in New Zealand and around the globe today. Meet the Economists Dr Asha Sundaram is a senior lecturer in the University of Auckland’s Economics Department, … Continue reading Blog | Auckland’s Economists on New Zealand: Policy Problems, Solutions, and Misconceptions

Blog | Wellbeing Budget 2019: The Five Priorities

By Alfred Kim The New Zealand Government proposed a new approach to the Budget on 30 May 2019: one that aims to instil hope for better “living standards over the long-term,” by providing support for the “many possible definitions of wellbeing.” This purpose of this article is to make sense of how the Government plans … Continue reading Blog | Wellbeing Budget 2019: The Five Priorities

Blog | Saving Face – Social Media, Photos and Privacy Issues Facing New Zealand

By Jonathan de Jongh The popular mobile app ‘FaceApp’ has come under fire recently after a media scare alluded to the app being able to collect sensitive information from the phones of its users. Allegedly, the app has the ability to access photos on the phones of its users, even those that were not used … Continue reading Blog | Saving Face – Social Media, Photos and Privacy Issues Facing New Zealand

Blog | The Implications of Artificial Intelligence in Public Policy

By Alfred Kim The future holds exciting prospects with the development of artificial intelligence (AI). Public policy will have to develop accordingly to facilitate this new tool; AI may also become an asset for public policy itself. There is a common misconception that there have been signs of conscience development. Although no one is ruling … Continue reading Blog | The Implications of Artificial Intelligence in Public Policy

Blog | The Policy Graveyard: Where Controversial Laws Come to Die

By Jonathan de Jongh Due to continued disagreements and compromises behind the walls of the Beehive, several laws have been stopped in their tracks or have failed to even see the light of day due to party politics. The latest victim is the capital gains tax proposed by the Tax Working Group earlier this year. … Continue reading Blog | The Policy Graveyard: Where Controversial Laws Come to Die

Blog | Climate Refugees: New Zealand’s New Humanitarian Obligations in the 21st Century.

By Jasper Poole In 2015, the Supreme Court of New Zealand became the unlikely scene of what is perhaps the first of many legal battles regarding the term “climate refugee”. It is this term that may identify one of the largest issues facing the world in the coming years as millions of people flee their … Continue reading Blog | Climate Refugees: New Zealand’s New Humanitarian Obligations in the 21st Century.

Blog | The One Billion Trees Programme: Demystified

By Paul Simperingham What is the One Billion Trees Programme? The incumbent coalition government has set the goal of planting one billion trees in New Zealand by 2028 [1]. The initiative is led by Te Uru Rakau (Forestry New Zealand) and funded by the Provincial Growth Fund, a three billion dollar fund for investment in … Continue reading Blog | The One Billion Trees Programme: Demystified

Blog | The Labour Government’s Minimum Wage Ambitions: A Hindrance or Stimulus for Working-Class Incomes?

By Matt Fletcher Last December, the Labour-led Government of New Zealand announced its intention to raise the national minimum wage to $17.70 per hour, effective on the 1st of April 2019 [1]. This rise of $1.20 serves as the most substantial minimum wage increase in over three decades, and is the most recent step towards … Continue reading Blog | The Labour Government’s Minimum Wage Ambitions: A Hindrance or Stimulus for Working-Class Incomes?

Blog | New Zealand and the Expanding Global War on Drugs

Last month’s United Nations General Assembly revealed a stark division along New Zealand party lines. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern refused to sign the US-led initiative to reduce the consumption and production of drugs. Ardern cited the incumbent Government’s intention to adopt an approach to drug policy that treats it as a health issue. The National … Continue reading Blog | New Zealand and the Expanding Global War on Drugs

Blog | The Waka-Jumping Bill and the Revival of Unsettled Parliamentary Divisions

By Matt Fletcher The incumbent Government’s proposed Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill passed its first and second readings earlier this year and has strengthened its place as a point of contention within Parliament. The colloquially-named “Waka-Jumping Bill”, if signed into law, would seek to drastically alter the face of New Zealand’s legislature, as well as the … Continue reading Blog | The Waka-Jumping Bill and the Revival of Unsettled Parliamentary Divisions

Suffrage 125: Reflections, and Looking to the Future

By Harshaa Prasad The Public Policy Club was honoured to host four remarkable Kiwi wahine toa last week to celebrate the 125-year anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. Dame Jenny Shipley, Helen Clark, Chlöe Swarbrick and Louisa Wall spoke to a full room at the Heritage Hotel about intergenerational change in New Zealand’s feminist movement. … Continue reading Suffrage 125: Reflections, and Looking to the Future

Blog | University Fees: Do We Have a Problem?

By Eilish Buckley Almost one year on — how is the government’s fees-free tertiary education policy doing? With many students disenfranchised about their mounting debt (worth collectively more than 15 billion dollars[1]), now is a good time to reflect on the fees-free policy that was brought into effect by the Labour government this year. Has … Continue reading Blog | University Fees: Do We Have a Problem?

Blog | Action on Climate Change: The Zero Carbon Bill

By Katie Cammell The Zero Carbon Bill was developed by Generation Zero, a national, youth-led organisation dedicated to achieving a zero carbon future in New Zealand. It aims to address the issue of climate change in New Zealand at a national level. We are already seeing the effects of climate change in New Zealand, with … Continue reading Blog | Action on Climate Change: The Zero Carbon Bill

Suffrage 125: Dame Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark

125 years ago, New Zealand passed the Electoral Act 1893 and thereby became the first self-governing nation to grant women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. This landmark legislation followed years of courageous and persistent effort, injecting suffrage campaigns worldwide with hope and momentum. Since then, women have held each of New Zealand’s key … Continue reading Suffrage 125: Dame Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark

Blog | The Crime of Aggression: How to Stop a War (or at Least Make Politicians Think Twice)

By Nancy Chen The Crime of Aggression In the context of international law, “aggression” refers to state conduct that either initiates war directly or drives another state to war. The Crime of Aggression makes an individual liable for an act of aggression committed by a state. As such, state actors (e.g., political and military leaders) … Continue reading Blog | The Crime of Aggression: How to Stop a War (or at Least Make Politicians Think Twice)

SINZ and PPC Present: Fix the Future – A Social Hackathon

Making its debut in 2018,  the “Social Hackathon” is a 2-day challenge run by Social Innovation New Zealand and the University of Auckland Public Policy Club, taking place over the weekend of 11-12 August. The purpose of the competition is to provide a platform for students to gain experience in real-world problem solving and analysis, … Continue reading SINZ and PPC Present: Fix the Future – A Social Hackathon

Blog | Protection or Punishment? New Zealand Asylum and Refugee Policies Under the Spotlight

By Elzanne Bester Does New Zealand engage in contradictory policies when it comes to immigration policy and New Zealand’s stance on asylum seekers? New Zealand displays exemplary international adherence to international human rights law and exerts positive political rhetoric about refugee resettlement. However, at the same time, New Zealand also prepares for the potential storm … Continue reading Blog | Protection or Punishment? New Zealand Asylum and Refugee Policies Under the Spotlight

Blog | The Growing Problem of Prisons in New Zealand

By Nancy Chen The Government has finally decided on the future of New Zealand’s oldest prison, Waikeria, with Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis announcing yesterday that a small prison will replace the current facilities.[1] This comes on the back of problems and proposals surrounding Waikeria after a report detailing its deteriorating condition was released last year. … Continue reading Blog | The Growing Problem of Prisons in New Zealand

Blog | Transport in Auckland: Prospects Under the New Government

By Matt Fletcher With the formation of the new Labour-led Government, Auckland’s congested and unsustainable transport network may see new solutions to vastly improve the lives of Aucklanders, and enhance New Zealand’s status as one of the fastest growing economies in the world. This article will discuss the merits and drawbacks of the new Government’s … Continue reading Blog | Transport in Auckland: Prospects Under the New Government

The PPC Pub Quiz 2018

Semester One is coming to a close, and PPC knows no better way to celebrate than some friendly competition accompanied by a Shadow’s jug. That’s right – it’s pub quiz time. *** CATEGORIES *** We’re going back to basics with old school categories. Do you have movie trivia that none of your friends seem to … Continue reading The PPC Pub Quiz 2018

Blog | The Future of Māori Seats in New Zealand

By Eilish Buckley In the wake of the 2017 election and the loss of the Māori Party from our Parliament, the relationship between Māori constituents and government processes has been called into question. With a new bill set to be debated before Parliament that seeks to entrench provisions relating to Māori electoral seats, our society … Continue reading Blog | The Future of Māori Seats in New Zealand

Policy Brief Competition 2018

The Public Policy Club is proud to present our 2018 Policy Brief Competition supported by the Public Policy Institute! This is a great opportunity to develop your policy brief making skills. You will be analysing a topical issue, synthesising information, evaluating competing viewpoints and making recommendations. Key details: Entry is free for all paid PPC members. … Continue reading Policy Brief Competition 2018

Mentoring Programme 2018

Applications CLOSE on Monday the 30th of April at 6pm   The Public Policy Club invites any students interested in working in the public sector to apply for our professional mentoring programme. Successful applicants will be mentored by professionals in the industry. This is a great opportunity to grow your professional network and gain insights into … Continue reading Mentoring Programme 2018

Blog | End of Life Choice Bill: An Open Conversation – ANALYSED

By Harshaa Prasad The Public Policy Club was thrilled to host David Seymour (MP) and Dr Jane Silloway Smith last Friday for a debate on Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill (click to read). If passed, the Act will legalise euthanasia for those who meet its requirements, thereby overturning legislation — namely the Crimes Act … Continue reading Blog | End of Life Choice Bill: An Open Conversation – ANALYSED

Apply to be a PPC Team Member for 2018

NOTE: Applications have now CLOSED.   Can’t get enough of PPC? Join the team! Apply now to be a team member for 2018 – applications are open until the 26th of March. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdSQnidgtXPavMDFyjwStsOg8s5GtZXPwMEaCvX895MqEmksQ/viewform The roles available are: – Competitions (3 positions) – Professional Development (1-2 positions) – Civics Engagement (4 positions) – Graphics (3 positions) – … Continue reading Apply to be a PPC Team Member for 2018

PPC Political Forum

The PPC Civics team is piloting a new initiative this year – the political forum! Come along every second Tuesday to discuss a variety of political ideas. You can find the next available opportunity on our Facebook page under ‘events’.   We’ll provide the pizza and the topic, then you’re free to discuss as you wish. … Continue reading PPC Political Forum

Policy Pizza Party

As part of our ongoing election initiatives, we hosted a PPC Policy Pizza Party on the Monday before the general election. Starting from 12 pm on the 18th of September, students came along to i-Space, ate some pizza, and read some policy. The policy sheets were A5 page prints of The Spinoff’s policy tools. Early voting … Continue reading Policy Pizza Party

PPC Speaker Series: Water

Following an interesting an informative event on Auckland Transport in Semester One, the Public Policy Club hosted a second Speaker Series in Semester Two. The topic for the evening was New Zealand’s water policy: “we’re proud of our environment, our “100% pure” image, and fresh water matters to us. But conversations on the topic can be … Continue reading PPC Speaker Series: Water

Blog: Youth Justice – where do the bigger parties stand?

Youth justice has become a large issue this election – with each party taking a different stance on how best to rectify the problem. The four largest parties each view the problem and its solutions differently.    Who do you side with? National plan to focus on young people who commit serious offences by introducing a Young Serious … Continue reading Blog: Youth Justice – where do the bigger parties stand?

Blog: “Why don’t they vote?” The myth of the apathetic non-voter

As the 2017 general election approaches with frightening speed, it’s time to start thinking about voting. Young people are often harassed in the media for their low turnout at the polls. Many are quick to call us lazy and apathetic when it comes to politics. While it may be said that some people truly do … Continue reading Blog: “Why don’t they vote?” The myth of the apathetic non-voter

Policy Pop-Ups!

In 2017, we set up “Policy Pop-Ups” all around campus in the lead up to the election. Each ‘Pop-Up’ covered a key issue young people care about and had fun, informational activities and documents to help students engage with the issues. Thanks to the fantastic sponsors of our election initiatives, Spark​ and ANZ​, there were loads of … Continue reading Policy Pop-Ups!

Mentorship Programme 2019

The PPC Mentorship Programme is targeted at a hand-selected group of students with a curiosity and drive to develop a career in the public sector. Our mentors provide guidance in terms of career advice, and insight into the industry based on their expertise. Students are connected with a mentor in a field of expertise relevant … Continue reading Mentorship Programme 2019

PPC Speaker Series 1: Auckland Transport

The University of Auckland Public Policy Club is excited to present their Speaker Series on Auckland Transport in association with Russell McVeagh and MartinJenkins Auckland Transport is primarily responsible for delivering a transport system that best meets the needs of Aucklanders, but there is no doubt that the unprecedented growth of the City has been … Continue reading PPC Speaker Series 1: Auckland Transport

Blog: The 2017 Budget – A Snapshot

  What’s happening?  The Family Incomes Package The Family Incomes Package comprises the accommodation benefit and supplement, tax credits, and changes to two of the income tax thresholds. This ‘package’ is said to benefit 1,340,000 families in New Zealand by, on average, $26 per week from 1 April 2018. Around 750,000 superannuitants and around 41,000 students will also … Continue reading Blog: The 2017 Budget – A Snapshot

Blog: Why you should know about the Domestic Violence Victims Protection Bill

By Claudia Russell   A bill is quietly in the works in New Zealand’s parliament, a bill which could help tackle one of our country’s biggest social problems. New Zealand has a shocking history with domestic violence. A third of partnered women report having experienced sexual and/or partner violence in their lifetime. On average police … Continue reading Blog: Why you should know about the Domestic Violence Victims Protection Bill

Blog: Immigration policy and the future workforce of New Zealand

By Jenny Lincoln   This article is not intended to be an exhaustive analysis of all types of immigration and the current and proposed policies surrounding them. It focuses largely on policy surrounding skills based immigration. Net migration came close to 72,000 people in 2016. That’s an increase of roughly 13,700 people from the year ending … Continue reading Blog: Immigration policy and the future workforce of New Zealand

Blog: The Party Politics of New Zealand’s Abortion Law

Abortion law is a controversial topic; one many politicians shy away from for fear of alienating their constituents. But the majority of New Zealanders are pro-choice. Amid growing calls for reform, doctors have identified several issues with the practical application of a 40-year-old law. This article will not examine the pro-life vs pro-choice debate, but … Continue reading Blog: The Party Politics of New Zealand’s Abortion Law

Blog: Crisis Point – The Future of New Zealand’s Journalism

By Jasper Lau  Although a complex and challenging topic to cover in one article, the state of New Zealand’s media and overall journalism remains a shadow topic that is hardly talked about by our politicians. That is perhaps understandable, given the press has commonly been denoted as the ‘fourth-estate’ whose job is to inform the … Continue reading Blog: Crisis Point – The Future of New Zealand’s Journalism

Blog: Syrian airstrikes, future New Zealand involvement?

On the 6th April, President Trump launched a missile attack against the Assad regime in Syria. This strike is the US Government’s first direct military involvement in the region, which has been caught in the throes of a vicious civil war for six years. It could be interpreted by the Syrian Government as an act … Continue reading Blog: Syrian airstrikes, future New Zealand involvement?

Blog: Auckland Transport Woes, Policy Solutions

Over the next 30 years, Auckland’s population is expected to increase by more than 700,000 people. Local roads are already pushing the upper limit on how many cars they can hold without reaching a complete gridlock. Auckland’s transport woes have been a hot topic of debate between New Zealand’s major political parties. This article will … Continue reading Blog: Auckland Transport Woes, Policy Solutions

PPC PRESENTS: BABY BACK BENCHES 2016

The University of Auckland Public Policy Club is excited to host our annual ‘BABY BACK BENCHES’! We will be hosting our 2017 Back Benches before the general election. Check out our Facebook page to stay up to date. This event emulates the Back Benches concept you can check out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCBc_Da4HGc 2016 BACK BENCHES: 2016 … Continue reading PPC PRESENTS: BABY BACK BENCHES 2016

Blog: Labour’s Birthday Housing Policies

In the past week, the Labour Party has announced a number of housing policies that have been both applauded and criticized. Check out our breakdown of the two main policies below. With concerns for inequality, representation and social fairness continuing to grow—public frustration having been demonstrated recently in the surging support for Labour parties in … Continue reading Blog: Labour’s Birthday Housing Policies

Re-Orientation Week

We are incredibly excited to host our very first orientation week from the 18th-22nd of July! Visit our PPC stall at the city campus recreation centre to sign up for our club and to participate in all the great opportunities we have created to celebrate our birth. Signing up is a breeze, and will only … Continue reading Re-Orientation Week

We’re Recruiting!

  – APPLICATIONS FOR EXEC POSITIONS FOR 2016 HAVE NOW CLOSED –   If you care about politics and want to do something meaningful, apply for the UoA Public Policy Club executive committee by the 1st of June 2016. Not only will you develop vital life skills and deepen to your political knowledge, your CV … Continue reading We’re Recruiting!

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