The Institute for Governance and Policy Studies (IGPS) aims to lift environmental, social and economic outcomes for all New Zealanders via good public policy.

Our goal is to contribute to improving New Zealanders’ lives. Our researchers engage with New Zealand’s policy-making process and work with people to make New Zealand a better place environmentally, socially and economically.

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More events

Upcoming events

  • Open Government: Getting It Right

    How can New Zealand meet its open government goals? Keitha Booth takes a hard look at the Open Government Partnership National Action Plan.

    Venue: Rutherford House lecture theatre 2

More commentaries

Latest commentaries

  • Silver bullets won't kill NZ's cow problem

    Silver bullet "solutions" to methane emissions are about protecting the business-as-usual farming model, not about ecological sustainability or economic gains, write Peter Fraser and Mike Joy.

  • Trust graph

    Christchurch terrorist failed to sow distrust

    Kate Prickett and Simon Chapple wanted to check if the terror attacks in Christchurch achieved the aim of sowing distrust and suspicion in society - and their findings are bad news for the perpetrator.