Past events

Find out about our past events including seminars, symposiums and summits.

Social Security Summit 2016: Investing in children

Date: 2 September 2016
Venue: The University of Auckland Business School, OGGB5, Level 0, Sir Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland

This summit built on our 2015 summit, “Welfare fit for families in a changing world”. Where the 2015 summit discussed health, housing, disability, and debt, the 2016 summit delved into the varrying approaches on how to identify vulnerable children in New Zealand.

To find out more visit the RPRC website.

The high-cost chromosome - XX retirement: lower pay, less savings, longer lives

Date: 15 July 2016
Venue: The University of Auckland Business School, Sir Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland

Women are paid 18% to 25% less than men through their working lives, and often take time out of the workforce to raise children. Consequently, their median savings for retirement are significantly less than the median man’s retirement saving. Then women live from age 65, on average, three years longer than men, and are more likely to need rest home care so must stretch out their smaller retirement pot over those extra years.

Gender equality is a Sustainable Development Goal agreed in September 2015 by 193 governments, including our own. This forum explored what can be done to increase well-being in retirement for New Zealand women.

The presentations from this event are available on the RPRC website.

3rd ATE Symposium - Advances in Industrial Economics, Competition Policy and Regulation

Date: 14-15 December 2015
Venue: The University of Auckland Business School, Sir Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland

The event provided a forum for discussion of recent advances and trends in the theory and practice of competition policy and regulation.

Confirmed guest speakers:

Reiko Aoki (Kyushu University), Luis Cabral (New York University), Lilla Csorgo (New Zealand Commerce Commission), Arthur Grimes (Motu and University of Auckland), Tim Hazledine (University of Auckland), and John Panzar (University of Auckland and Northwestern University).

Welfare fit for families in a changing world

Date: 8 September 2015
Venue: The University of Auckland Business School, Sir Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland

The wellbeing of the poorest families appears to be at the heart of Government policy, yet the primary focus of this Government has been workfare, not welfare. Are there different policy directions that better meet the changed demographic and economic circumstances of families in the 21st Century?

At this summit, expert presenters laid out the problems for families and children that arise in the current approaches and policies, with a focus on new directions.

A perspective on the state of welfare reform in Australia was offered by Dr Ben Spies-Butcher, a senior lecturer from Macquarie University, NSW.

Presentations on health and housing, disability, Working for Families, transitioning from benefits to work and debt, and a panel session on specific topics and strategy, suggested policies more appropriate to the 21st Century, were followed by audience discussion.

In the final session, Families Commissioner Len Cook drew the threads together and suggested a way forward.

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