The Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowships in Public Policy programme offers outstanding American professionals the opportunity to gain experience in public policy in New Zealand, and to gain first-hand knowledge of economic, social and political reforms, and management of the government sector.
Three Fellows gave seminars on their research findings:
Sarah Bolton: Educational Equity in New Zealand: Successes, Challenges and Opportunities
Sarah Bolton, from Washington, DC, is researching equity in New Zealand's primary and secondary education system, focusing on outcomes for Maori, Pasifika, and low-socioeconomic status students. She is hosted by the Ministry of Education.
Read her report listed here under the heading Education
Amy Downs: From Theory to Practice: the Promise of Primary Care in New Zealand
Amy Downs from Denver, Colorado, is researching access and equity in New Zealand's primary health care system at Treasury.
Read her report listed here under Health & Disability (from 25 Sep)
Lisa Lunt: Preserving the Dignity of the Mentally Unwell: Therapeutic Opportunities for the Criminal Courts of Aotearoa New Zealand
Lisa is from Southport Island, Maine but has lived for the last 10 years in Annapolis, Maryland. She is researching the intersection of mental health and the criminal justice system, specifically focusing on policies and programs that can be implemented in the courthouse, such as mental health courts. Lisa is being hosted in Wellington by the Ministry of Justice.
Read her report listed here under the heading Law & Enforcement