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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Read the latest newsletter from IGPS for information on all of our events, plus commentary on current issues.

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Upcoming events

  • On Stage vs Backstage

    How wide has the gap become between public management's visible face and what happens backstage? What are the implications?

    Venue: Old Government Building lecture theatre 3 (GBLT3)

  • Sea Level Rise & New Zealand’s Future

    How much land will we lose to the rising ocean, and what will it cost us? A talk by the co-author of Local Government NZ's recent report on sea level rise.

    Venue: RHLT2, Lecture Theatre 2, Rutherford House

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Latest commentaries

  • 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.

  • 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.