Helen Clark Foundation – public policy think tank

A new public policy think tank with a high profile patron.

 

Website: Working together for the future of New Zealand

Haere mai

Welcome to the Helen Clark Foundation. We are an independent public policy think tank based in Auckland, New Zealand. Building on the lifetime of public service by our patron Helen Clark, we aim to contribute to policy debates on how to achieve a more inclusive, sustainable, and peaceful society. We are non-partisan.

The Helen Clark Foundation is an independent public policy think tank
based in Auckland. Launched in 2019, the foundation issues research and discussion papers on a broad range of economic, social and environmental issues.

New problems confront our society and our environment, both in New Zealand and internationally. Unacceptable levels of inequality persist. Women’s interests remain underrepresented. Through new technology we are more connected than ever, yet loneliness is increasing, and civic engagement is declining. We aim to address these issues in a manner consistent with the values of former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, who serves as our patron.

Foundation Board

Joan Caulfield
Peter Davis (Chair)
Geoff Pownall
Simon Mitchell

Key People

Helen Clark (Patron)
Katherine Errington (Executive Director)
Andrew Chen (Web Manager)

Outreach Advisors

Helen Klisser During
Mike Williams

Interns

Georgia Lala

@HelenClarkNZ

We will be fundraising because that’s the nature of the beast, and the more we raise, the more we can do, but I can’t say more than that at this early stage. We hope we’ll get support from a wide range of sources, people interested in good policy and healthy debate.

AUT Uniuversity (@AUTUni):

We are super excited to announce our involvement in the new Helen Clark Foundation, a public think tank that aims to contribute to policy debates. Thanks to AUT’s @ThePolicyObservatory! We couldn’t be prouder to be working with them and Helen Clark on this fantastic initiative.

David Farrar (@dpfdpf):

Always good to have more thinktanks in NZ. They are good for public policy.

@JudithCollinsMP:

A few familiar names. Good on ⁦⁩ for setting up her own Think Tank. Nothing wrong with that IMHO.

I guess it depends on what they think about, and how and what they do with those thoughts.

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26 Comments

  1. NOEL

     /  5th March 2019

    Is this to offset the recent media reminder what ex PMs cost us?

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  2. Ray

     /  5th March 2019

    Very cosy having your husband chairing it
    Jobs for the boys and girls.
    Read an interesting story yesterday about NZ Embassies being “heavied ” to show a movie about Miss Clark in the UN and then being charged to view the film.
    Nose meets trough comes to mind.

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  3. Corky

     /  5th March 2019

    A hotbed of socialism. For example, Joan Caulfield, nee Anderton, was her former electorate sectary..I believe. Add the AUT to the mix and it’s an explosion of taxes, loss of individual freedoms and special privileges for Maori. Don’t forget plastic is killing the planet so we need to revert to greased baking paper

    In the Maxim Institute I trust.

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    • Corky

       /  5th March 2019

      I don’t like the logo this foundation is using. Does it have a sinister meaning? Or could an imaginative Maori accuse the foundation of using a souped up version of the traditional teko teko? The mind boggles.

      ”Our first research paper will be on ‘green hydrogen’ and its potential for New Zealand. ”

      I already have my hydrogen water bottle, Helen. Do you?

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    • Patzcuaro

       /  5th March 2019

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      • Corky

         /  5th March 2019

        Scary stuff, Patz. That would making any Righty check the security around his mansion – excluding the servants quarters – thrice.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  5th March 2019

          I am sure that they will be shattered to hear that you don’t like the logo and find it mind-boggling.

          You do need something real to think about. Go and drink some helium, er, hydrogen.

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  4. Finbaar Rustle

     /  5th March 2019

    $ink big started it all off in’75
    It’s the usual story.
    The Nation is in peril.
    We need a meeting of minds to save our souls.
    $eminars, $ymposiums $ummit meeting conferences critical path$.
    pouring billion$ into ever more complex paradigm$ which if they
    ever saw the light of day would solve all issue overnight.
    Unfortunately the plans were lost in political speak and by
    the time they were found the whole shebang had become obsolete.
    Con- $ultancy, I think you pay.

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  5. Blazer

     /  5th March 2019

    complete waste of time imo.

    Helen your time has passed…this reeks of self aggrandisement.

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    • Corky

       /  5th March 2019

      It could be worse.. The Jim Bolger Foundation! I have a soft spot for Auntie…none though for Jim.

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      • Blazer

         /  5th March 2019

        yes Jim is now a traitor .

        Late in life he found some humanity and realised how brutal neo liberalism is.

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        • Trevors_elbow

           /  5th March 2019

          Later in life and off the farm Jamesforgot what hard work was about, lost connection to real rural NZ and needed a trough to sup out to finance the whiskey. It’s amazing how indolence rots the brain… James conversion to wet is a real demonstration of how too much comfort and whisky can effect the brain…

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          • Corky

             /  5th March 2019

            Damn fine wordage, T-Bow. And apt, too.

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          • Blazer

             /  5th March 2019

            yes Bolger disowned by the faithfool…join Piggy,Brash,Shipley ….and..

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            • Duker

               /  5th March 2019

              yes , the national party and its faithful are un surprisingly Stalinist in erasing the class traitors from its pantheon

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  5th March 2019

        Cuz, Auntie…unless these people are relations or close friends, it is not appropriate to give them these nicknames.

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    • Gezza

       /  5th March 2019

      I don’t think she’s short of a bob. Nice to be able to pontificate about the plebs when you’re so well off it doesn’t matter if nobody listens.

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    • duperez

       /  5th March 2019

      Can you explain to me what you mean by “your time has passed”?

      If some marker of time is to be determined to be the line, is it to be defined by some arbitrary measure to do with age? Or what?

      Or is there is to be defined by some person, like you or some group? Not referring to you, but I have seen in some other places that Helen Clark has had her day and she should ‘step aside.’ In making such comments it seems those people assume they’re still having their days and so entitled to participate in our society by having their say. Clark has and isn’t.

      Has it something to do with the type of days and the profile of the days she’s had? And they’re allowed to carry on because their days don’t equal her days yet and they’re entitled to continue until they do?

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      • Blazer

         /  5th March 2019

        She was P.M of NZ for 9 years.
        She made her contribution then.There is a new guard in place now.Adern and her ministers can implement their policies.
        The Helen Clark foundation and its clearly partisan associates seems like an ego trip… to me…anyway.
        Sure she can have opinions on topics,but it would be churlish and counter productive to be seen a distraction for the incumbents ,her political successors.
        We can all have our opinions.
        We are not obliged to justify them to anyone ,unless we choose to.

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  6. Patzcuaro

     /  5th March 2019

    How about the Shipley Institute, it could focus on corporate governance.

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    • Duker

       /  5th March 2019

      The John Key Institute for tax accountability- with an office in Panama City

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  7. Alan Wilkinson

     /  5th March 2019

    Just what we need – another bunch of Lefty control freaks who want to manage our lives.

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    • Patzcuaro

       /  5th March 2019

      No man is an island even in the Bay of Islands.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  5th March 2019

        The further from Wellington the freer from bureaucracy but yes, the lunatics are in charge of this asylum.

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  8. I’m bewildered by a think tank named for a Prime Minister who spent her tenure largely avoiding radical policy development. A little rich to take such an interest in it so long after the fact!

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