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Guest lecture

Rethinking Governance

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The Treasury is pleased to sponsor the following Treasury Guest Lecture by Peter McKinlay.


Ensuring efficient markets and remaining among the best places in the world to do business has been at the heart of New Zealand’s economic and fiscal policies for many years (see the Secretary’s opening statement to the Finance and expenditure select committee on 13 February 2013). There is growing and research-based evidence that market-based strategies need to be complemented by a new understanding of governance as a perspective which encourages collaboration between the public, private and non-profit sectors. Outcomes include the more cost-effective targeting and delivery of government services and greater legitimacy for decision-making. New terms such as co-design are entering the language. The potential to build a ‘governance perspective’ amongst the general population opens up the opportunity for significantly better utilisation of public resources. New Zealand case studies will demonstrate this.


Peter is Executive Director of McKinlay Douglas Ltd and works extensively in New Zealand, Australia and further afield. His specialist interests are public policy and local governance, the design of governance structures and organisational strategy. Peter is the Director of the Local Government Centre at AUT University (LGC), New Zealand’s first university-based think tank dedicated to local government. The Centre has both a New Zealand and international focus and has established a number of linkages with leading think tanks internationally. Peter is also an alternate member of the board of the London-based Commonwealth Local Government Forum and an associate of the Centre of Local Government at the University of Technology, Sydney.

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Last updated: 
Friday, 19 April 2013