MPP Forum: Ka Mua, Ka Muri: Decolonizing policy approaches – Perspectives from an Aotearoa New Zealand public servant
Although fully sovereign since 1947, colonial-era institutions and systematic efforts to dispossess indigenous Māori of land, language, and culture continue to cast a long shadow over Aotearoa New Zealand. Increasingly the government and the public servants who staff it, alongside Māori activists, academics, and civil society, are working to reframe policies and institutions to better honor Aotearoa New Zealand’s founding treaty, and chart a course where all can thrive. This forum will explore the complex national, institutional, and personal experiences of starting to decolonize policy approaches in Aotearoa New Zealand, and how a decolonizing mindset could inform the pursuit of foreign policy and international development partnerships.
MPP Forum is a weekly event normally scheduled on Fridays during the academic year. It allows each MPP candidate to showcase their career journey and expertise on policy issue of their choice with the SPIA community. This formal presentation is about 50 minutes followed by 20-minute Q &A.
The MPP Forum is supported by a bequest from mid-career alumnus Christopher Meyer (MCF '83-'84) who was an authority on copyright law in private practice, academia and government.