School of Government

School of Government

New Zealand's only School of Government undertakes teaching and research on public policy and public administration and 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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Oct27-28Advancing Better Government through Legislative Stewardship Conference
Date: 27–28 October 2016
Time: 8.45 am
Venue: New Zealand Parliament Buildings, Wellington
How do we design legislative and regulatory systems so that we can protect the interests… Read more
Oct28Un-plan the Future: Futures and stories for public policy
Date: 28 October 2016
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: Lambton Rooms, Intercontinental Hotel, Grey Street, Wellington
Contemporary public policies are usually understood and practised in rationalist terms: with objectivity, analytical thinking… Read more

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6 October 2016 Targeting child poverty
Professor Jonathan Boston argues that New Zealand already has an ambitious long-term poverty-reduction target applies to children, and we should work vigorously and assiduously to achieve it. Read more
30 September 2016 Big data and public service delivery – big hype?
VBS academics examine the potential impact of big data on public service policy and analysis delivery in a comment piece in the latest Public Sector Journal. Read more
8 September 2016 Governance of citizens' data reaches "critical point"
In a recent public lecture Professor Webster outlined how 'Big Data' – the complex use of large data sets to reveal patterns and trends – is playing an increasingly bigger role in the direction and delivery of public services. Read more

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2017: Building Policy Capability in Auckland

The School of Government is offering postgraduate study options in Auckland in 2017.

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

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2017 Prospectuses

Our 2017 Undergraduate and Postgraduate prospectuses are now available to download, so find out more about our qualifications, courses, and teaching staff.

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.

Study@Victoria Day Information Session Presentation

Why study Public Policy at the Victoria Business School?

See our 2016 Study@Victoria Day information session presentation for why you should study Public Policy at the Victoria Business School.

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

New Zealand Governance and Policy Online

Explore our New Zealand Governance and Policy Online collection which 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.