Joey Au

Joey Au is the Senior Advisor to the Chief Economist at the Treasury and a member of the GEN (Government Economics Network) Committee.  He is currently developing and applying the Treasury’s living standards framework to policy with a particular focus on retirement income policies. At the Workshop, Joey gave a presentation to the participants, Living Standards Framework in Action: A Brief Example.

George and Joena Elkington


At the Workshop, George and Joena Elkington were the guest speakers for Case Study 1 – Natural Capital: Marlborough Sounds. George is a maritime specialist and has been a spokesperson for Ngati Koata in the past and in 2012 he gave evidence at the King Salmon hearing in Blenheim. As some of King Salmon’s farms are in Ngati Koata’s rohe, George and Joena provided the participants with a unique perspective on cultural issues raised in the case study.

Dr John FitzGerald


Dr Fitzgerald is a Research Professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin, Ireland. He was one of the speakers at the GEN conference and also visited the Institute office after the conference to talk to the participants and answer their questions.

Margaret Galt


Margaret Galt is Principal Adviser at Treasury. At the Workshop Margaret was the Treasury speaker for Case Study 3 – Human Capital: Growing Talent.

Dr Kathie Irwin


Dr Irwin has been a specialist in the field of Māori Development for many years. She has spoken to the UN in New York and the OMEP World Congress in Melbourne on indigenous issues and early childhood education. Kathie is CEO and Founder of Hope Brokers Inc, a Wellington based company providing services in public policy, research and evaluation and tertiary education. She was a guest speaker for Case Study 3 – Human Capital: Growing Talent.

Carwyn Jones


Carwyn Jones is a Lecturer in the Victoria University Faculty of Law. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University, and a Master of Arts from the York University in Canada. Before joining the Victoria University Faculty of Law, Carwyn worked at the Waitangi Tribunal, the Māori Land Court, and the Office of Treaty Settlements. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. His thesis focuses on the implications for Māori legal traditions of the current Treaty of Waitangi claims and settlement process. Carwyn’s other research interests include constitutional and administrative law, indigenous governance structures, research ethics and methodologies, and indigenous peoples’ rights. He maintains a blog, Ahi-kā-roa, which explores current issues in the law relating to Māori and other indigenous peoples. At the Workshop, Carwyn spoke to the participants about conflict resolution.

Warren Owen


Warren Owen is the principal of Wellesley College, an independent boys’ primary school for Years 1-8 based in Eastbourne Wellington. Warren is an expert in boys’ education and is particularly interested in exploring ways to develop a holistic curriculum that engages boys’ spirit and higher order thinking which will be essential for them to be successful in meeting the future needs of New Zealand society. At the Workshop, Warren was a guest speaker for Case Study 3 – Human Capital: Growing Talent.

Craig Renney

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Craig Renney is an analyst at Treasury. At the Workshop he was the Treasury speaker for Case Study 2 – Physical Capital: Housing.

Tim Saunders

Tim Saunders is the is the Senior Analyst of the Natural Resources team at Treasury. He was the Treasury speaker for Case Study 1 – Natural Capital: Marlborough Sounds.

Wayne Silver

Wayne Silver

Wayne has worked with Willis Bond & Co for over 16 years, originally as CFO of Property for Industry and, since 1999, as CFO of Willis Bond & Co itself. He was a key member behind the establishment and management of Direct Property Fund, as a shareholder and director of the management company. He has also held senior financial positions in the local government, advertising and investment industries. At the Workshop, Wayne was a guest speaker for Case Study 2 – Physical Capital: Housing.