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UK and NZ governments - reflections from inside both systems, Wgtn, 4 November

09 October 2019

This Speaker Series event will discuss the British and New Zealand parliamentary systems with Institute for Governance and Policy Studies Senior Associate Len Cook.

Reflecting from this experience in both roles, differences, similarities and connections in the two systems are highlighted. Mr Cook will identify how the very different nature of civil service arrangements, the media, parliaments, think tanks, history and international connections affect public administration. Some lessons for current proposals for public sector reform will be pointed out.

The Speaker

Len Cook is a statistician and member of the Remuneration Authority and has been both a Chief Executive in the New Zealand Public Service, and a Permanent Secretary in the British Civil Service (and the government statistician in both countries). He is a past President of the Institute of Public Administration, the last Families Commissioner and a member of the Royal Commission on Social Policy. He remains actively involved in the application of statistics to public policy, with particular interests in population analyses and the place of information in holding government to account.


When: Monday 4 November, 5.30pm for a 6pm start
Where: Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor, The Wellington Club, The Terrace, Wellington

Dress: Business Casual
Costs: $12 for members/$20 for non-members for presentation and arrival drink, $50 for presentation, arrival drink and dinner.

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Last updated on the 9th October 2019