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A fair go in life? Equality, equity and fairness in Aotearoa New Zealand

This expert panel is considering equality, equity and fairness in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Society has convened a multidisciplinary panel of Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading experts to raise public awareness and inform understanding of equality, equity and fairness; identify structural drivers; and explore the research evidence for initiatives that could enhance equitable opportunities for future generations of New Zealanders.

The panel convened for its first hui on 22 Poutū-te-rangi March 2019.

Panel members

Associate Professor Andrew Erueti (Co-Chair)

Ngā Ruahinerangi, Ngāti Ruanui (Taranaki), Ati Hau (Wanganui)

Andrew Erueti is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Auckland. Andrew’s primary area of research is in indigenous customary law and legal pluralism, and indigenous peoples’ rights in domestic and international law. He has a particular interest in international indigenous rights and is the editor of the book, International Indigenous Rights in Aotearoa New Zealand. Andrew also has an interest in indigenous rights in social welfare and criminal justice. He has advised on claims relating to the call for an independent inquiry into the neglect and abuse of children in state care, including the call for an urgent inquiry by the Waitangi Tribunal into the state’s institutionalisation of Maori children. Andrew is a member of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions.

Dame Lowell Goddard (Co-Chair)

Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Ngāi Tūhoe

Lowell Goddard (DMNZ) is a former New Zealand High Court Judge, where she served from 1995 to 2015. Lowell was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1988. During 2007 and 2012 she chaired the Independent Police Conduct Authority and from 2010 to 2016 was a member of the United Nations Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT).

Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw

Jess Berenston-Shaw is co-director at of the think tank The Workshop and a Research Fellow at Auckland University’s Public Policy Institute. Her research examines how we build public and political support for socio-economic, cultural, and environmental solutions to the big social and economic problems of our time. Her focus is starting and contributing to conversations about public policy that matters to those people most affected and who's voices are less frequently heard. Jess is interested in what works to deliver equity in wellbeing, and achieve a more inclusive New Zealand.

Professor Barbara Brookes

Barbara Brookes (MNZM) is a historian of gender relations in New Zealand and the history of health and disease in New Zealand and Britain at the University of Otago. Her work provides historical perspective on contemporary debates about gender equity as well as medicine. Her recent award-winning book, A History of New Zealand Women, surveys women’s roles and experiences from the first waka to 2016. In 2018, she was awarded the Royal Society Te Apārangi Humanities Aronui Medal for her contribution to women’s history.

Dr Monique Faleafa

Monique Faleafa (MNZM; DClinPsy) is Chief Executive of Le Va, a national organisation focused on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of Pasifika families and communities. She is a Clinical Psychologist who has served Pacific communities in the not-for-profit sector, district health boards, academia and social services for over 20 years as a clinician, as an advocate for improving health and social outcomes for Pacific communities, and better wellbeing for all New Zealanders. Monique also serves at governance levels, currently for two crown entities as Deputy Chair of the Health Promotion Agency, the Health Research Council of New Zealand, and the New Zealand Psychologists Board for the past 9 years. She is an alumna of the Commonwealth Emerging Pacific Leaders Dialogue, and one of two Pacific Associate Members of Global Women.

Dr Arthur Grimes

Professor Arthur Grimes holds the Chair of Wellbeing and Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Government. He is also Senior Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, Chair of the Hugo Group (a network of 100 New Zealand corporates) and a member of the World Wellbeing Panel. Prior positions include Chairman and Chief Economist of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Chief Executive of Southpac Investment Management Limited, Chief Economist of the National Bank of New Zealand, and Board Member of the Financial Markets Authority. His current research focuses on the economics of wellbeing, and on urban economics.

Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman

Philippa Howden-Chapman (FRSNZ) is a Professor of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington, where she teaches public policy. She is director of He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme and the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities where she has had a major influence on housing, health and energy policy. Philippa has a strong interest in reducing inequalities in the determinants of health and has published widely in this area, receiving a number of awards for her work, including the Prime Minister’s Science Prize in 2014. She is currently the chair of the WHO Housing and Health Guideline Development Group and was a member of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty.

Associate Professor Jay Marlowe

Jay Marlowe is an Associate Professor in Counselling, Human Services and Social Work at the University of Auckland. Jay focuses on refugee resettlement, belonging and social inclusion, and disaster risk reduction. He was elected a Rutherford Discovery Fellow in 2018. He has worked with community, national, and international organisations, including the Auckland Resettled Community Coalition, NZ Red Cross, and the World Health Organisation, to develop best practice in ethics and supporting resettled refugees.

Dr Barry Milne

Barry Milne is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Centre for Methods and Policy Application in Social Sciences (COMPASS) based at the University of Auckland. He has a long history of research on longitudinal studies in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, particularly in the area of mental health. His areas of expertise include micro-simulation, administrative data, longitudinal studies, socio-economic and ethnic inequalities and child development.

Professor Missy Morton

Missy Morton is a Professor of Disability Studies and Inclusive Education at the University of Auckland. She has previously been Head of School in the School of Education Studies and Leadership at the University of Canterbury. Missy’s scholarship focuses on disability studies and inclusive education, and the sociology of special education. Missy has led or worked on a number of Ministry of Education projects focussed on supporting teachers and schools to build their confidence and competence in ensuring all learners are welcomed, they are learning and achieving and have a real sense of belonging.

Dr Mihi Ratima

Whakatōhea, Ngāti Awa

Mihi Ratima is a Director of Taumata Associates (a Māori public health consultancy) and a leading academic in Māori public health and kaupapa Māori research. She is a Principal Investigator on the longitudinal research project Te Kura Mai i Tawhiti and an inaugural 2016 HRC Ngā Pou Senior Māori Health Research Fellow. She is a former Associate Professor in Māori Health and Director of Māori Health Research at the Auckland University of Technology. Her international experience includes work as a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow at Harvard University, a World Health Organisation analyst and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of New Mexico.

Dr Isabelle Sin

Isabelle Sin is a Senior Fellow with Motu Research and an Adjunct Associate Professor with Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Economics and Finance, as well as a Principle Investigator with Te Pūnaha Matatini. Her research focuses on labour economics and economic history. She has published research spanning the effects of labour market policies, the effect of parenthood on labour market outcomes, the causes of gender pay inequality, and the drivers of the international diffusion of knowledge. Isabelle works extensively with Statistics New Zealand's Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI), Longitudinal Business Database (LBD), and unit record New Zealand Census data.

Dr Krushil Watene

Ngāti Manu, Te Hikutu, Ngāti Whātua o Orākei, Tonga

Krushil Watene is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities at Massey University. Krushil specialises in moral and political philosophies of well-being, development, and justice with a particular focus on indigenous philosophies. She works closely with Māori communities to support the revitalisation and sustaining of mātauranga Māori, and the ways in which Māori justice concepts can contribute to global justice theorising. She was elected as a Rutherford Discovery Fellow in 2018, and her work has been supported by the Marsden Fund, Ngā Pae ō te Māramatanga, and the Land and Water National Science Challenge.

Dr Vincent Wijeysingha

Vincent Wijeysingha is a social worker who practiced in child protection, employment issues, and human rights, and taught social work in the UK, Singapore, and New Zealand. Originally from Singapore, he was active in politics and was a founding member of civil rights organisation, Community Action Network. He is working on a book documenting a 1987 government sting operation against social justice activists. Currently, he is a policy analyst with The Salvation Army’s Social Policy and Parliament Unit where he works on criminal justice and addictions policy.