School of Government

School of Government

New Zealand's only School of Government undertakes teaching and research on public policy and public administration/management.

Through Victoria Business School, we offer a complete range of undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional programmes. Based at the Pipitea Campus in Rutherford House, directly across the road from the seat of government, Parliament, Ministerial Headquarters and Government Departments, the School is ideally placed to help build capacity in the public sector of New Zealand.

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Aug29Developing Age-Friendly Communities: New directions for public policy and ageing communities
Date: 29 August 2016
Time: 12.30 pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 3 (GBLT3), Ground Floor, Old Government Building, Pipitea Campus, Victoria University, 55 Lambton Quay, Wellington
This presentation will examine issues and interventions associated with building age-friendly communities (AFCs). Professor Phillipson… Read more
Sep6Better Policy - Child's Play
Date: 6 September 2016
Time: 12.30 pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 3 (GBLT3), Ground Floor, Old Government Building, Pipitea Campus, Victoria University, 55 Lambton Quay, Wellington
"Child-centred thinking" is a hot topic in the public sector, as agencies prepare to work… Read more
Sep13School of Government Auckland seminar series: eGovernment Evolutions: Managing Information Flows in an Era of Smart Cities and Big Data
Date: 13 September 2016
Time: 12.15 pm
Venue: VUW in Auckland, 50 Kitchener Street, Auckland
Professor William Webster will explore the contemporary emergence of smart cities and big data and… Read more

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24 August 2016 Victoria University health researchers honoured
School of Government researcher Dr Kirsten Smiler was one of two Victoria academics recognised by the Health Research Council of New Zealand for work into understanding social issues of health and wellbeing. Read more
24 August 2016 Car theft inspires winning Three Minute Thesis presentation
A thought-provoking tale of a car theft by School of Government Master's student Lindsey Pointer has stolen the show at the 2016 Three Minute Thesis competition. Read more
3 August 2016 Op-Ed: Bursting the bubble will hurt everyone
Economist Arthur Grimes' recent proposal to crash Auckland house prices by 40 percent raised a few eyebrows as well as drawing a swift rejection by the Prime Minister, writes IGPS research fellow Dr Toby Moore. Read more

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Career View

Check out the new Career View for Public Policy and Public Management, for careers and employment information to prospective and current students, graduates and friends in the community.

2016 Prospectuses

Our 2016 Undergraduate and Postgraduate prospectuses are now available to download, so find out more about our qualifications, courses, and teaching staff.


2016: Building Policy Capability in Auckland

The School of Government is offering postgraduate study options in Auckland for the first time, commencing in 2016.

Now is the time to upgrade your professional competencies, by enrolling in one or more courses to build skills in Public Policy or Public Management.

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Policy Quarterly

Check out Policy Quarterly, the journal of the School of Government's Institute for Governance and Policy Studies.

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Policy Online

The School of Government is a partner with Australian Policy Online.