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Recent events

November 1, 2021

Wellbeing and policy, Aotearoa style

Treasury’s Living Standards Framework has been closely aligned with international models such as the OECD for over ten years. Some have said it is too generic and not sufficiently attuned to what wellbeing means in this country. In this seminar we will discuss He Ara Waiora, a mātauranga Māori framing of wellbeing that the Treasury now uses alongside the LSF. We will also discuss some new changes to the LSF that make it work better alongside He Ara Waiora, as well as being better attuned to the topics of child wellbeing and culture.

October 27, 2021

Buildings for net-zero: the European Union experience with sustainable housing regulation and implementation

The recently published report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) signals ‘a code red for humanity and recommends
that greenhouse gas emissions decrease as soon and as quickly as possible. Developed economies like the European Union and Aotearoa New Zealand can help in this effort by leading by example. Reducing our buildings' footprint is an important component to the transition to net-zero, yet many of those buildings that will stand in 2050 are energy inefficient buildings that already stand today.

August 26, 2021

Motu Women on equitable, effective climate transition

All children should be able to expect a future where they have the opportunity to thrive. Climate change is one of the greatest threats to that future. Acting on it effectively and fast is essential. We still have choices about how we halt climate change. More equitable decision-making and action (both within our own society and across diverse countries) all of which must rapidly head toward net zero, is a moral imperative and may also make the transformational change we seek more effective and durable.