The annual scientific public lecture held by the Wellington Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand

Dr Jan Wright: Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

 Reflections on a decade as Parliament’s environmental advisor


Dr Jan Wright was sworn in as Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment for a five-year term on 5 March 2007 and reappointed for a second term in 2012.

Jan has a multidisciplinary background with a BSc(Hons) in Physics from Canterbury, a Masters degree in Energy and Resources from Berkeley in California, and  a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard. Last year she was made a Companion of the Royal Society.

During her time as Commissioner, Jan has investigated a wide range of environmental issues. She became world-famous in New Zealand when she said we were lucky to have 1080 and should use more of it.

In this lecture, Jan will share her approach to the role and how this has developed over time. She will explain, inter alia, how she prioritises the work of her office, how she values information, and what she has learned about dealing with the media.


When & Where


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

GBLT2, Old Government Building,

Pipitea Campus, Victoria University of Wellington


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