A world first – having a Minister Responsible for Social Investment - is supported by a NZIER paper on social investment Kiwi-style

21 December 2016

NZIER’s Chief Executive Laurie Kubiak has congratulated the Hon Amy Adams on her appointment as New Zealand’s first Minister Responsible for Social Investment.

Prime Minister Bill English championed the social investment approach as Finance Minister. He has now backed that commitment with a high-ranking Cabinet Minister charged with driving the programme forward.

NZIER has just published a detailed working paper and a shorter Insight paper that examines the Government’s social investment approach to improving the lives of disadvantaged New Zealanders. The working paper was produced in collaboration with Victoria University’s Institute of Governance and Policy Studies, and aims to answer three questions: what is the social investment approach (and what is it not), how should it be applied and where would it be most productively applied?

NZIER Insight Social investment – new right agenda or new wine in old bottles? and the working paper Defining social investment, Kiwi-style, are available from nzier.org.nz.

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