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Evidence gathering

How researchers and experts contributed evidence for this report.

To inform the Our Futures:Te Pae Tawhiti review, the Steering Panel and the Royal Society of New Zealand Secretariat contacted researchers in September 2013 from a broad range of disciplines to comment on what they saw as the major issues and trends facing New Zealand society in their area of expertise, and the impact on those views of the 2013 Census results. This was followed up in 2014 when they were asked if their views had changed since the 2013 Census data had been released.

Forty eight written submissions were received covering everything from demographic change, the kiwi ‘diaspora’ and trends in the Māori population, to implications for our labour market, our place in the Asia/Pacific region, values and identity, health, education, religion, urban/rural trends, and many more.

In early 2014, workshops were held in Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland to hear from additional stakeholders. Sixty one stakeholders from academia, government and community groups attended and gave input into what they considered to be the key issues and trends facing New Zealand society.

This process of evidence gathering has ensured the review draws on the best available knowledge, and is firmly focused on the evidence of change to which the 2013 Census and other surveys draw attention.

Written submissions were received from:

Dr Melani Anae

Ms Robyn Baker

Key issues and trends in  New Zealand education 2013

Dr Maria Bargh

Dr Charlotte Bedford

Professor Tony Blakely

Professor Richard Boast

Implications of 2013 Census

Ms Sheryl Boxall

Dr Teena Brown-Pulu 

Comment on 'Our Futures'

Dr Andrew Butcher 

Asia New Zealand Foundation

Professor Peter Crampton

New Zealand's rapidly changing population: Implications for health

Professor Charles Crothers

Using Census data to further understand New Zealand society

 Professor Jackie Cumming

Professor Paul Dalziel

 Professor Mason Durie

Associate Professor Stephen Epstein

 Dr Ward Friesen

Dr Alan Gamlen

Knowns and know unknowns on emigration and the diaspora

 Professor Arthur Grimes 

The changing demography of New Zealand: economic consequences

Professor John Hattie

 Associate Professor Janine Hayward

The 2013 Census and representation in local government

Associate Professor Elsie Ho

 Professor Manying Ip

Professor Natalie Jackson 

New Zealand's population trends

 Mr Peter Kennedy

Dr John Larkindale

 Professor Miriam Lips

Professor James Liu 

Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research

 Brother Patrick Lynch 

Educating within a deliberate values-based context

Professor Charlotte McDonald

 Professor Philippa Mein Smith 

Trans-Tasman migration

Mr Paul Merwood

 Ministry of Education

Professor Paul Moon 

Major issues and trends facing New Zealand in Māori-Pakeha interactions

 Professor Paul Morris 

The 2013 Census and religion

Professor Lawrence Murphy

 Mr Terence O’Brien

The 2013 Census and New Zealand's strategic circumstances

Dr James Newell

 Professor Les Oxley

Dr Shee-Jeong Park 

 Mr Steven Perdia

Dr Edwina Pio

 Professor Jacques Poot

Dr Jim Rolfe

 Mr Dennis Rose

Ms Clare Salmond

Trends in the health sector

 Dr Chris Sibley

Dr Rachel Simon-Kumar 

Professor Jack Vowles

Dr Cathy Wylie

Key issues and trends in New Zealand Education 2013


Further evidence was gathered at four workshops with these attendees:

  • Eyal Apatov, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
  • Mike Berry, Statistics New Zealand
  • Dr David Bromell, Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury)
  • Denise Brown, Statistics New Zealand
  • John Bryant, Statistics New Zealand
  • Richard Carr, Canterbury Development Corporation 
  • Len Cook, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies
  • Professor Bronwen Cowie, Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research
  • Dr Eric Crampton, School of Business and Economics, University of Canterbury
  • Christine Deans, Statistics New Zealand
  • Will Dorset, Christchurch City Council
  •  Associate Professor Rosemary du Plessis, School of Language, Social and Political Sciences, University of Canterbury
  •  Lise Eriksen, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
  •  Dr Alan Gamlen, School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington
  •  Dr Mazin Ghafel, Auckland District Health Board
  •  Diana Gomez, Auckland District Health Board
  •  Associate Professor Mike Grimshaw, School of Language, Social and Political Sciences, University of Canterbury
  •  Meegan Hall, Maori Association of Social Scientists
  •  Dr Bronwyn Hayward, School of Language, Social and Political Sciences, University of Canterbury
  •  Adam Heinz, Christchurch City Council
  •  Maui Hudson, Research Office, University of Waikato
  •  Professor Manying Ip, Faculty of Arts – Asian Studies, University of Auckland
  •  Susan Isaacs, National Commission for UNESCO
  •  Dr Catherine Jackson, Auckland District Health Board
  •  Professor Natalie Jackson, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis
  •  Ron King, Auckland District Health Board
  •  Professor Te Kani Kingi, Health Research Council of New Zealand
  •  Dr John Larkindale, Institute of Public Administration NZ (IPANZ)
  •  Professor James Liu, School of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington
  •  Dr Kathleen Logan, Office of the Children’s Commissioner 
  •  Brian Lynch, New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
  •  Dr Penny Lysnar, Transforming Cities, University of Auckland
  •  Corinne MacIntyre, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority
  •  Matt Males, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority
  •  Dr Kahu McClintock, Te Rau Matatini/ Health Research Council of New Zealand
  •  Joy McDowall, Department of Internal Affairs
  •  John McKinnon QSO, Asia New Zealand Foundation 
  •  Dr Carina Meares, Auckland Council
  •  Kirsten Nissen, Statistics New Zealand
  •  Professor Ian Pool, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis
  •  Professor Jacques Poot, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis
  •  Vanessa Pullen, Alzheimers New Zealand
  •  Honey Rasalan, Migrant Action Trust
  •  Fezeela Raza, Department of Internal Affairs
  •  Alison Reid, Auckland Council
  •  Elizabeth Rose, National Commission for UNESCO
  •  Dr John Ryks, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis/Aria
  •  Dr Janet Sceats, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis
  •  Dr David Schaff, Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs
  •  Emily Shrosbree, Statistics New Zealand
  •  Dr Rachel Simon-Kumar, School of Social Sciences, University of Waikato
  •  Angela Sopp, Department of Internal Affairs
  •  Dr Anna Stevenson, Canterbury District Health Board
  •  Simon Templeton, Age Concern – Canterbury
  •  Kyle Uerata, Statistics New Zealand
  •  Miranda Voke, McGuinness Institute
  •  Anaru Waa, Department of Public Health, University of Otago
  •  Philip Walker, Statistics New Zealand
  •  Clare Ward, Families Commission
  •  Dr Helen Wihongi, Waitemata and Auckland District Health Boards
  •  Dr Cathy Wylie, New Zealand Council for Educational Research