We run a range of seminars, training, conferences and social events throughout the year to encourage the use of economics in public policy decision making and to stimulate debate and discussion on economic and public policy research.

Most of our events are free to anyone with an interest, including the public.  Our events, in particular seminars and conference operate under "Chatham House rule".  If you are a member of the media and wish to attend out events please notify us in advance.

If you would like to deliver a seminar to GEN please contact us here.

MOTU Event


The UK and Brexit: the current position 

Speaker: Professor Richard Harris, Deputy Dean (Research), Professor of Economics in the Business School at Durham University
DATE: Monday 13 November
TIME: 12.30pm - 2pm 
VENUE: RHLT2, Rutherford House, 33 Bunny Street, Wellington

The seminar will provide an update of the current state of the negotiations between the UK and EU on Brexit, some seven months into a two year period of negotiation following the UK’s triggering of Article 50 (intention to leave the EU by March 2019). The main economic issues facing both parties will be outlined with a focus on how the UK can accommodate a likely ‘hard Brexit’. 

Bio: Before joining Durham University Business School in September 2012, Richard held the positions of Alec Cairncross Professor of Applied Economics and Director of the Centre for Public Policy for Regions at Glasgow University. He previously worked at the Universities of Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham and Portsmouth in the UK and Waikato in New Zealand. He holds degrees from the Universities of Belfast, Lancaster and Kent.

Motu Public Policy Seminars are free to the public. No registration is required; you can simply turn up on the day.


DPMC Event

The 5th Annual Public Sector Women in Leadership Summit

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 - 8:30am to Friday, 15 December 2017 - 4:30pm

Confidence is the most important skill for modern women to possess. The New Zealand public sector contains an abundance of leadership opportunities and challenges alike. For a leader to effectively rise in their accomplishments, it is crucial that they lead in fearless pursuit of their ambitions.

The 5th Annual Public Sector Women in Leadership Summit gathers some of New Zealand’s most inspiring women to share their leadership knowledge. Drawing on various experiences, this summit creates a space for emerging leaders to realise their ambitions. Through interactive panels, personal case studies and insightful commentaries, an exceptional speaker line-up will motivate women to push beyond their potential. Sharing their hardships and triumphs, our leaders will impart their advice to ensure women depart with the most important gift of all - knowledge.


  • Rt Hon Helen Clark - Former New Zealand Prime Minister, Former United Nations Development Programme Administrator
  • Dr Jackie Blue - Human Rights Commissioner, Equal Opportunities - Women's Rights - LGBQTI, Human Rights Commission
  • Paula Attrill - General Manager Care Support, Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Vulnerable Children
  • Victoria McLaughlin - Director Strategy Development, Ministry of Justice
  • Jill Bond - Executive Director, Ministry of Health
  • Jackie Talbot - General Manager, Secondary Tertiary Ministry of Education

View the programme and speaker line-up
e: registration@liquidlearning.co.nz