LivingStandardsNZ was a three-day workshop that ran from 3-5 December 2013. 28 young people attended the Government Economics Network (GEN) Conference followed by a two day workshop where they explored ‘policy knots’, using the Living Standards Framework to resolve complex and long-term issues. In collaboration with a team of talented young designers, the outcomes of this Workshop are published in the 2013 Youth Living Standards Framework for New Zealand, which describes what they learnt and what they think other youth in New Zealand need to know about how public policy can align with the way we want to live.

This initiative was a collaboration between the Treasury and the McGuinness Institute. To learn more about the process and methodology of the workshop see Workshop Paper 2014: LivingStandardsNZ: Aligning public policy with the way we want to live.

About the Treasury

The Treasury is the Government’s lead advisor on economic, financial and regulatory policy. Its main functions are:

  • advising Ministers on economic and fiscal performance;
  • managing the financial affairs of the Crown;
  • helping the Government develop its overall strategy for state services;
  • monitoring the performance of state sector agencies, and
  • providing commercial policy advice and financial operations services.

About the McGuinness Institute

Based in Wellington, the McGuinness Institute is a privately funded, non-partisan think tank working towards a sustainable future, contributing strategic foresight through evidence-based research and policy analysis.

To learn more about the Workshop, see the Workshop and FAQ pages. For more information on the Living Standards Framework please see the resources page and the Higher Living Standards page on the Treasury’s website.