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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  • Capital review - safer banks for a safer NZ

    The Reserve Bank deputy governor presents proposals to limit the chances of NZ facing the huge socioeconomic costs of bank failure. Public feedback is invited.

    Venue: RHLT2, Lecture Theatre 2, Rutherford House

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  • Nitrate-nitrogen levels at monitored NZ sites

    Drinking water linked to NZ cancer rates?

    Last year, a Danish study reported a link between nitrate in drinking water and the risk of developing colorectal (bowel) cancer. This finding could have important implications for New Zealanders.

  • Bryce Edwards

    The death of minor parties under MMP

    Minor parties were supposed to be a big part of politics under MMP, yet they are in serious decline. Bryce Edwards looks at the causes, and explains that The Opportunities Party will not buck the trend, as it looks to be tearing itself apart.