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Wellbeing Report seminar series: Looking forward from Te Tai Waiora. What’s next for understanding wellbeing in Aotearoa?

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Throughout our work on Te Tai Waiora the Treasury hosted a range of international and domestic wellbeing experts, who shared their diverse perspectives via a series of wellbeing seminars. Join this final panel event to hear Dominick Stephens, the Treasury’s Chief Economic Advisor, and a panel of New Zealand experts’ reflections on what’s next after Te Tai Waiora. Tracey McIntosh, Gail Pacheco, Arthur Grimes and Les Oxley will share their insights on the priority areas for improving New Zealanders’ wellbeing and the work we need to better understand how to tackle those challenges. This is your opportunity to join in a conversation around wellbeing priorities and to reflect on any potential implications for your own future research and policy analysis.

About the presenters

Tracey McIntosh is Ngāi Tūhoe and is Professor of Indigenous Studies at Te Wānanga o Waipapa (School of Māori Studies and Pacific Studies) at the University of Auckland. She is the Chief Science Advisor for the Ministry of Social Development and a Commissioner of Te Kāhui Tātari Ture: Criminal Cases Review Commission. Tracey sits on a range of advisory groups and boards for government and community organisations. Her recent research focused on incarceration (particularly of Māori and Indigenous peoples) and issues pertaining to poverty, inequality and social justice. She has a strong interest in the interface between research and policy and is committed to addressing issues that concern Māori and draws on a critical Indigenous studies framework.

Gail Pacheco is a Professor of Economics and Director of the NZ Work Research Institute at AUT. Her research focusses on labour and health research themes, leading large-scale funded projects involving both academic and public sector collaborations. She has also received funding from the Health Research Council and the MBIE Endeavour fund. In 2018, Professor Pacheco was awarded the NZIER Economics Award. She was a Commissioner at the NZ Productivity Commission 2019-2022 and in 2019 also received the AUT Medal (AUT’s top award) for her research, scholarship and application of integrated data to help inform social policy and wellbeing.

Arthur Grimes is Professor of Wellbeing and Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Government, and Senior Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research. He co-chairs the World Wellbeing Panel and is a former Chairman and Chief Economist of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. His current research focuses primarily on the economics of wellbeing.

Les Oxley is Professor of Economics at the University of Waikato's Management School, Adjunct Professor at Curtin University and Affiliate at Motu. In 2004 he was Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Les was Chair of the Business and Economics Panel of the 2018 Performance-Based Research Fund New Zealand research assessment exercise. He is co-editor-in-chief and joint founding editor of the Journal of Economic Surveys. He has published on various topics, including sustainable development, NZ economic history and applied financial economics. He has received research funding from the Marsden Fund, the Health Research Council, the Leverhulme Fund and, as it was called at the time, the Public Good Science Fund. He is also a member of the Ageing Well, National Science Challenge, Governance Board and Board of NZIER.

Video recording

A transcript and captions for this video will be available in due course.

Wellbeing Report seminar series

In November 2022, Te Tai Ōhanga – The Treasury released the first wellbeing report Te Tai Waiora: Wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand 2022.

This online seminar is part of a Wellbeing Report programme of Guest lectures running in 2022 and 2023.

Last updated: 
Friday, 14 April 2023