Pacific Islands Public Policy eSeminar 3 – Public Policy Leadership in the Pacific Islands – 1st – 2nd November

From: Graham Hassall <[email protected]>
Date: Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Dear Colleagues,

Policy Leadership in the Pacific Islands

This is an invitation to participate in an online discussion about “policy leadership” in the Pacific Islands, this coming Thursday and Friday.  The draft program is below.  All that is required is for you to log on using via SCOPIA using the instructions that appear below the draft program.  Please let me know if you have any difficulties in connecting, or if you have other questions about the program and the series.  Also, if you are participating, please let me know.

Kind regards


Pacific Islands Public Policy Project – eSeminar 3

Public Policy Leadership

 1st – 2nd November 2012


Venue: RWW 224 (Pipitea campus, Wellington)

Thursday 1st November

Session 1:  regional and historical perspectives

10.00 – 10.30          Introduction of eSeminar objectives and participants

10.30 – 11.00          Public Policy Leadership in the Pacific – the key issues – Graham Hassall

10.30 – 11.00          Public Policy Leadership in regional perspective – Emele Duituturaga

11.00 – 11.30         Policy leadership in historical context – Ian Johnston and Michael Powles

11.30 – 12.00          session 1 Discussant – Potoae Aiafi


12.00 – 1.00            Lunch

Session 2 – country perspectives 

1.00- 1.30                Cook Islands – Nandi Glassie

1.30 – 2.00              Solomon Islands– Andrew Nori (by phone)

2.00 – 2.30              Kiribati – Rikiaua Takeke (by phone)

2.30 – 3.00              Vanuatu: Gregoire Nimbtik


3.00 – 3.30              Break

Session 3 – civil society perspectives

3.30 – 4.00              The idea of public policy in village societies – Morgan Tuimalealiifano

4.00 – 4.30             IUCN – Leadership, Green Growth and Sustainability Initiative – Fe’iloakitau Kaho Tevi  

4.30 – 5.00              Pacific Institute of Public Policy – Derek Brien

5.00 – 5.30           Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council – Wallis Yakim  – TBC

Friday, 2nd November

Venue: RWW 224 (Pipitea campus, Wellington)

Session 4 – agency perspectives

10.00- 10.30           Urban Public Policy leadership – Sarah Mecartney – TBC

10.30 – 11.00          Commonwealth Pacific Governance Programme – Mose Saitala

11.00 – 11.30         Commonwealth Youth Program – Paul Peteru / Afu Billy

11.30 – 12.00

12.00 – 1.00            Lunch

Session 5 –             public policy leadership development projects

1.00  – 1.30             Pacific Islands Forum Leadership Survey- tbc

1.30 – 2.00               Pacific Women in Politics – Robin Metcalfe

2.00 – 2.30              EPLD and public policy leadership – tbc

2.30 – 3.00         Pacific Islands Public Policy Repository Project – Graham Hassall

3.00 – 3.30              eSeminar conclusions  



Instructions for participating in eSeminars using SCOPIA

1.       To install SCOPIA

Go to:

Click the “Click here to install these updates” link

Click the “Install” button

Install the application

Click the “Close” button


2.       To test SCOPIA

Go to

Enter your name

Enter “Meeting ID” 6222

Click “Participate Now”


3.       To enter the video-conferences on the 1st and 2nd of November.

Meeting Subject: Pacific Islands Public Policy

Meeting ID: 6534

Meeting PIN: 6534



The Pacific Islands Public Policy Project has been established within the School of Government at the Victoria University of Wellington to promote understanding of how public policy is practiced in the Pacific Islands.

eSeminar 3, “Public Policy Leadership”, being held 1-2 November, will explore what constitutes “good policy leadership” in Pacific Islands’ context.

In eSeminar 1, “MPs and their constituents”, 22 participants from seven countries consulted on-line about the ideal and actual relations between members of parliament and those they represent, parliamentary strengthening, MP training, the role of public opinion, the activities of NGOs and think tanks, and the role of the media. A report of the eSeminar is online at

In eSeminar 2, “Urbanization in the Pacific Islands”, 14 participants from 7 countries consulted on progress toward implementation of existing urbanization policies, and the potential for further institutional commitment to implementation of plans and strategies to address the issues of urbanization in the Pacific. A report of the eSeminar will soon be online at

Why “Public Policy Leadership”?

The Pacific Islands region is renowned for having plans and strategies in place in most sectors, at regional if not national level. But literature on the effectiveness of government in the Pacific Islands frequently suggests that a “leadership deficit” is responsible for poor policy articulation and implementation. This eSeminar takes up these issues but with specific questions in focus.

Firstly, what can we understand about leadership styles, practices, and effectiveness in Pacific Island countries? Is there indeed a deficit, or does the focus on leadership failure hide narratives of leadership success?

Secondly, how can “public policy” leadership be distinguished from leadership in other contexts? What does good “public policy” leadership look like? What constraints does it face? What successes can be identified and acknowledged? Are these successes evident at various levels of public life, including local, national and regional?

Thirdly, who is driving public policy leadership in the Pacific? Is it the political leaders, or public servants, or civil society, or the business sector? What role do individuals play in public policy leadership?


Participation in the eSeminar is open to all who are interested, and takes place over the internet via computer or audio-visual facilities.

The eSeminar will bring together national and regional public servants, members of parliament, academics, NGO leaders, journalists, and graduate students.

Participants in Wellington will convene at Victoria University. The workshop program will be available shortly.  To register, and to find out how to participate online, contact Graham Hassall @ [email protected]

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