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UC public lecture: Dawn of the Wellbeing Budget - revolution or facade?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: wellbeing, Lectures, seminar, economics

Wellbeing, kindness and compassion have been promoted by our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as central to how her government makes policy and determines its budget. But how can a government budget for wellbeing?

The first Wellbeing Budget will be delivered this year and the new Living Standards Framework promises to make notions of social cohesion, the realisation of human talent and environmental sustainability as important as GDP for setting our priorities as a nation and measuring our progress toward the Aotearoa New Zealand ideal.

University of Canterbury academic Sacha McMeeking will describe and contextualise the Living Standards Framework and Wellbeing Budget in this FREE UC Connect public lecture - to explore what these new approaches mean for the Aotearoa New Zealand ideal:

  • How do we articulate our national ideals?
  • What could or should the role of community values be in the business of government?
  • How well do the Living Standards Framework and the Wellbeing Budget reflect existing and aspirational Aotearoa New Zealand values?

Date: Thursday 30th May 2019.
Time: 7 to 8pm.
Location: C Block Lecture Theatre (University of Canterbury Ilam campus).

Register online to attend this FREE public lecture on the Dawn of the Wellbeing Budget.

About the speaker Sacha McMeeking

Sacha McMeeking is the Head of Aotahi School of Māori and Indigenous Studies, and has been working with the Treasury, the Welfare Expert Advisory Group and StatisticsNZ on how we understand concepts of wellbeing and give expression to values in our public policy, with a particular focus on how tikanga Māori could infuse our shared understanding on what matters to us as a nation.

Sacha is of Ngāi Tahu descent and has had a varied career working with Iwi and Māori across public policy, entrepreneurship and community development. She was awarded the Fulbright Harkness Fellowship in 2010, which she used to explore the role of tradition-based values in decision-making. She will shortly commence a doctoral programme with the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School in the United Kingdom - exploring the relationship between entrepreneurship, positive social change and building community capability to be self-determining.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch