PS News: A Framework for Wellbeing

23 Nov 2018 IPANZ PS News: a Framework for Wellbeing

A Framework for Wellbeing

As we look towards New Zealand’s first “Wellbeing Budget” in 2019, in this article from the December Public Sector we ask, what do we mean by wellbeing and how might we measure it?

Each of the four capitals – natural, human, social and financial/physical – offers a different view of the resources people draw on to create wellbeing, highlighting distinct inputs to focus on. Together they provide the basis for the Living Standards Framework, alongside the set of indicators that are being developed in support of the 2019 Wellbeing Budget.

From a policy perspective, this framework offers a robust and consistent way of evaluating the quality and availability of those resources for different people in different settings – and our ongoing ability to invest in and grow these capitals for the future.

Statistics NZ and Treasury are currently working on developing a suite of supporting indicators that will help us measure and track wellbeing. The intent is that policy can be developed around the distribution and inherent trade-offs between different capitals.

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You may also enjoy these other articles from the December Public Sector:

Women and Work – 125 years after suffrage

New Zealand women were granted the right to vote 125 years ago thanks to suffragists like Kate Sheppard and Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia. In September, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern acknowledged the role of these two women and the 25,000 others who signed the suffrage petition. The movement, she said, was about more than just the right to vote. It was about gender equality across the board. So how have women in the public service fared since 1893? What changed in the decades after? And what goals remain unfulfilled? We speak with some women of the public service to find out.

Privileged to pursue her passion

Dr Katie Bruce left her policy job and took a pay cut to pursue her passion for social justice, first as JustSpeak Director and now as the new Chief Executive of Volunteering New Zealand. We find out about her career, her respect for young people, and how volunteers are making a multi-billion-dollar contribution to this country but remain undervalued.

Read the entire Public Sector Journal, December issue (login required)

Caption: IPANZ President Jo Cribb awards Maudie Johnson-Hunter her prize

Maudie Johnson-Hunter takes out IPANZ Public Administration Prize

Maudie Johnson-Hunter is the winner of the IPANZ Public Administration Prize 2018 for top marks in a Public Management paper as part of her BCom at Victoria University of Wellington.

However, completing her degree was just the start for Maudie. She did an internship last summer at the Department of Corrections, helping develop a set of standards for inspecting prisons and specific standards for the treatment of women and transgender people in prison.

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