Budget 2019—media commentators
University academic staff across a range of subject areas are available to provide media commentary and analysis on the 2019 Budget.
Prof Alan Bollard
Professor of Practice–Pacific Region Business, School of Government
Professor Bollard's former roles include two-term Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat, Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Secretary and Chief Executive of the New Zealand Treasury, Chair of the Commerce Commission and Director of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research.
At the University he is focused on New Zealand’s economic policies in the Asia–Pacific region.
Professor of Public Policy, School of Government
Professor Jonathan Boston can be contacted for commentary on: social policy, child poverty, and wellbeing.
Director of the Centre for Strategic Studies, School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations
Associate Professor David Capie can provide commentary on: security, defence, and foreign policy.
Dr Chapple can provide an overview of the Budget looking at per capita real spending by government departments. What has really changed from Budget 2017 and 2018 and has the wellbeing focus made any important difference?
Professor Coster is an expert commentator on health policy and funding.
IGPS Senior Researcher, School of Government
Dr Fletcher was Independent Special Advisor to the Government’s Welfare Expert Advisory Group.
He can provide commentary on: social policy, social assistance/welfare/tax credits, child support and family policy, and employment and labour market policies.
Chair in Public Finance, School of Accounting and Commercial Law
Professor Norman Gemmell can be contacted about: taxation, public expenditure, public debt, social welfare, fiscal policy, economic growth, political economy, and so on.
Chair of Wellbeing and Public Policy, School of Government
Professor Arthur Grimes’ areas of expertise include: housing, infrastructure, and wellbeing.
Associate Dean (Academic), School of Education
Dr Michael Johnston can be contacted for commentary on: education policy and funding.
Professor, School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences
Professor Warwick Murray’s areas of expertise include: foreign aid and development, Pacific.
Professor and Head of School, School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences
Professor James Renwick is a leading expert on climate change.
Lecturer, School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations
Dr Timperley can be contacted for commentary on: political leadership and political ramifications (for a ‘transformational’ government).