SRG Consultation Papers

Source: Tertiary Education Commission

Last updated 30 April 2019
Last updated 30 April 2019

This page provides links to the PBRF Sector Reference Group consultation papers, the consultation feedback summaries and decision documents.
This page provides links to the PBRF Sector Reference Group consultation papers, the consultation feedback summaries and decision documents.

The Sector Reference Group (SRG) consults with the sector and other stakeholders on a range of implementation issues as part of the development of operational guidelines for the 2018 Quality Evaluation.
The consultation process is now complete. The decision documents with the SRG’s recommendations to the TEC and the detailed stakeholder feedback summaries are available. The TEC’s decisions on these matters form the basis of the draft operational now available on the 2018 Quality Evaluation web page.   

Consultation paper   

Consultation period

Consultation status

Decision status     

Approach to thedesign of the 2018Quality Evaluation
(PDF, 475 Kb)

1 – 29 Sept 2014

PBRF 2018 Design Feedback Summary
(PDF, 56 Kb)


Review of staff eligibilitycriteria 
(PDF, 239 Kb) 

31 Oct -12 Dec 2014

PBRF Staff Eligibility Feedback Summary 
(PDF,109 Kb)

In-principle decisions for staff eligibility criteria (PDF, 286 Kb) 


Developing EvidencePortfolios – operationalguidance for the ResearchContribution component
(PDF, 439 Kb)

4 Dec 2014 -11 Feb 2015

PBRF Research Contribution Feedback Summary 
(PDF,397 Kb)

In-principle decisions for the Research Contribution component
(PDF,115 Kb)


Establishing a Pacificresearch peer review panel 
(PDF, 203 Kb)

26 Feb -9 April 2015

PBRF Pacific Research peer review panel Feedback Summary
(PDF, 85 Kb)

Decisions for the Pacific research peer review  panel
(PDF, 73 Kb)

Peer review panel establishmentand conflict of interest policy (PDF, 384 Kb)
10 March -20 April 2015

PBRF Panel and Conflict of Interest Feedback Summary (PDF, 173 Kb)

Decision on the Peer review panel establishment and conflict of interest policy (PDF, 114 Kb)
Developing EvidencePortfolios – operationalguidance for the ResearchOutput component (PDF, 270 Kb) 

31 March -8 May 2015

PBRF Research Output Feedback Summary(PDF, 534 Kb)

In-principle Decisions for the Research Output Component(PDF, 146 Kb)


Review of the general and CanterburyEarthquakes Special Circumstances provisions
(PDF,  191 Kb)

2 June -13 July 2015

PBRF Special Circumstances Feedback Summary(PDF, 67 Kb)

In-principle Decisions for the General and Canterbury Earthquakes Special Circumstances Provisions(PDF, 97 Kb)


Review of the assessment framework – Part 1: Potential changes to the framework (PDF, 201 Kb)
Supporting document: Appendix to Review of the assessment framework (PDF, 265 Kb)

13 July -21 August 2015

PBRF Assessment Framework (Part 1) Feedback Summary(PDF, 79 Kb)

In-principle Decisions for the Assessment Framework (Part 1)(PDF, 197 Kb)

Review of the TEO audit process (PDF, 210 Kb)
13 July -21 August 2015

PBRF TEO Audit ProcessFeedback Summary(PDF, 79 Kb)

Decisions on the TEO Audit Process(PDF, 117 Kb)


Review of the technical specifications for the 2018 quality evaluation information technology system
Technical documentation:
These documents are available on request:
Draft Evidence Portfolio Schema Definition
Draft Evidence Portfolio Template
Draft Staff Data File Specification  

13 July – 21 August 2015

PBRF technical specifications and sector Feedback Summary (PDF, 67 Kb)

Decisions on the technical specifications (PDF, 151 Kb)
Review of the assessment framework – Part 2 (PDF, 296 Kb)
30 November 2015 – 9 February 2016

PBRF Assessment  Framework (Part 2) Feedback Summary(PDF, 110 Kb)

Decisions on Assessment Framework (Part 2) (PDF, 126 Kb)


Name release – Arthur’s Pass walker

Source: New Zealand Police

Police can now release the name of the walker who was located deceased in the Arthur’s Pass area on Sunday 7 July.

He was 24-year-old Ho Jung Kim, of Korea.

Police extends its condolences to his family and friends.


Issued by Police Media Centre

Man charged following thefts in Christchurch

Source: New Zealand Police

Police have arrested and charged a 35-year-old man for a number of recent offences in Christchurch.

The offences include the theft of personal property and three vehicles from three different locations in late June.

The man was arrested in Papanui on Friday 5 July.

He appeared in Christchurch District Court on Monday 8 July and pled guilty to 11 charges, including burglary and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.

He is expected to be sentenced on Wednesday 23 October, however further charges are likely.

Two other people who were with the man at the time of his arrest, a 39-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman,  were also taken into custody.

They are due to appear in Christchurch District Court on Wednesday 25 September, charged with supplying Class A drugs.

Police would like to remind everyone to keep security front of mind and not create opportunities for thieves.

Lock your property’s doors and windows, use security latches, and, if you’ve got one, always set your home alarm when leaving the house.

Park vehicles in well-lit spots, or if possible, use your garage, carport or driveway.

Don’t store valuables in your car and use a car alarm or immobiliser if possible.

Police also urge anyone who sees suspicious behaviour to contact us immediately by calling 111.

You can find more information about keeping your property and vehicles secure at the Police website.


Issued by Police Media Centre 

Suicide Facts: 2016 data (provisional)

Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health

This page provides high level suicide information for 2016.

This 2016 data is provisional. In New Zealand, a death is only officially classified as suicide by the coroner on completion of the coroner’s inquiry.  Only those deaths determined as ‘intentionally self-inflicted’ after the inquiry will receive a final verdict of suicide. At the time of data extraction (28 March 2019), there were 26 deaths registered in 2016 that were still subject to coroners’ findings and where the cause of death had not yet been determined. Although these deaths are not included in the following data, some may later be classified as suicide.

Key findings

The rate of suicide is highest amongst males and Māori

In 2016, 553 people died by suicide in New Zealand, which equates to an age-standardised rate of 11.3 per 100,000 (Figure 1). 

There were 412 male suicides and 141 female suicides (17.0 per 100,000 and 5.8 per 100,000 respectively).  For every female suicide there were 2.9 male suicides (Figure 2).

Figure 1.  Number and age-standardised rate of suicide deaths, 2007–2016

Notes: Numbers that are similar across multiple years may produce different rates due to changes in population size.
Rates are expressed per 100,000 population and age standardised to the WHO World Standard Population.
Source: New Zealand Mortality Collection.

Figure 2. Age-standardised suicide rates, by sex, 2007–2016

Notes: Rates are expressed per 100,000 population and age standardised to the WHO World Standard Population.
Error bars represent 95% confidence intervals.
Source: New Zealand Mortality Collection

In 2016, the highest rates of suicide were among youth aged 15–24 years (16.8 per 100,000) and those aged 25–44 years (16.3 per 100,000). The rate for youth suicide in 2016 was similar to the rate in 2015, and among the lowest for this age group in the ten year period, 2007–2016 (Figure 3).

Figure 3. Age-specific suicide rates, by life-stage age group (years), 2007–2016

Note: Rates are expressed per 100,000 population.
Source: New Zealand Mortality Collection

In 2016, the rate of suicide among Māori was higher than among non-Māori for both males and females.

Among Māori males the suicide rate was 31.7 per 100,000, the highest rate in the ten year period from 2007. The rate in 2016 for Māori was twice that for non-Māori, for both males and females. (Figure 4).

Figure 4. Age-standardised suicide rates for Māori and non-Māori, by sex, 2007–2016

Notes: Rates are expressed per 100,000 population and age standardised to the WHO World Standard Population.
Source: New Zealand Mortality Collection

The rate of suicide has remained relatively stable in the ten year period to 2016

Over the ten year period 2007–2016, the rate of suicide has remained relatively stable year to year.

Overall the rate of suicide has decreased slightly from its peak for this period in 2012 of 12.3 per 100,000 to 11.3 per 100,000 in 2016. 

Similar to the overall rate, the suicide rate for males has generally decreased over this period. Over these ten years, the rate for males has been at least 2.5 times that for females.

Over the last ten years the rate of youth suicide has been variable.  Prior to 2013 the youth rate was predominantly higher than the other life-stage age groups, but more recently, the rates for youth have been similar to those for other life-stage groups less than 65 years.

Over the ten year period the rate of suicide for Māori was consistently higher than the rate for non-Māori, for both males and females. The rate for Māori males increased markedly from 2013 to 2016 (21.2 per 100,000 and 31.7 per 100,000 respectively).

Tables and graphs containing provisional numbers and rates of suicide by age, sex and Māori/non-Māori (2007–2016) can be found in the downloadable file.


In this edition, data was extracted and recalculated for the years 2007–2016 to reflect ongoing updates to data in the New Zealand Mortality Collection (for example, following the release of coroners’ findings) and the revision of population estimates and projections following each census. For this reason there may be small changes to some numbers and rates from those presented in previous publications and tables.

We have quality checked the collection, extraction, and reporting of the data presented here. However errors can occur. Contact the Ministry of Health if you have any concerns regarding any of the data or analyses presented here, at

Medicinal Cannabis Scheme consultation

Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health

The closing date for submissions is 5.00 pm, Wednesday 7 August 2019.

We suggest you start by reading the Short Guide to the Consultation Document (coming soon), which highlights the areas of interest for different audiences. Then read the sections of the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme Public Consultation Document relevant to your interests.

You can then provide feedback by:

Your feedback is important because it will help shape the final proposals, ensuring they are workable and that the purpose of the legislation is achieved. We appreciate you taking the time to make a submission.

We are also holding information sessions in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and will be providing additional material for those who can’t attend.

If you have any questions, or want more information on the information sessions, please email us at

Next steps after the consultation

The Ministry of Health will analyse the feedback and consult with the Medicinal Cannabis Advisory Group before providing advice to the Government on the outcomes of the consultation, including any proposed changes. The Ministry of Health will then seek approval from Cabinet on the regulatory proposals and work with the Parliamentary Counsel Office to draft the proposed Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Regulations.

We are aiming to have the above regulations made by 18 December 2019 and to have the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme operational in the first quarter of 2020.

How did 639 convicts end up with gun licences?

Source: National Party

The revelation that more than 600 New Zealanders obtained firearms licences despite having criminal convictions in Australia raises serious questions about how fit for purpose Police processes are, National’s Police spokesperson Brett Hudson says.

“The public deserves to know what’s going on with procedures and processes across the country.

“This is no small matter. Of those 639 people with convictions who were granted licences, 37 went on to commit firearms-related crimes, including two homicides.

“In the wake of recent reports around the handling of firearms stored on Police premises, Police need to demonstrate to the public that its procedures and process are implemented consistently across the force, and across the country.

“The public will want to know whether or not the information sharing agreement with Australia is regularly used, what the threshold is for accessing it, and how it’s possible that so many applicants with Australian convictions appear to not have been captured under it.

“Keeping the public in the dark does nothing to improve confidence in the Government, Police or its procedures.

“Recent events have challenged this perception and Police must address that.”

Steps taken to secure the future of New Zealand House

Source: New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says further steps are being taken towards securing the future of New Zealand House in London.

“After lengthy discussions between New Zealand officials and the United Kingdom’s Crown Estate a lease and refurbishment contract for New Zealand House has been exchanged,” says Mr Peters.

“However, it remains dependent on the next step of achieving planning permission from Westminster City Council.

“This consent process, including public consultation, is now underway. The approval from Westminster City Council and final confirmation from The Crown Estate on the commencement of the project is not expected until mid-2020.

“The cost and lease arrangement is commercially sensitive at this point but the proposal is welcomed by the Government for being cost effective, and for securing a long-term future for New Zealand House,” Mr Peters said.

The proposal will require the High Commission and other New Zealand agencies to move into temporary accommodation for around three to four years while New Zealand House is refurbished. The timing of any relocation is dependent on planning permission for the project.

Time to celebrate Tāmaki Makaurau’s Zero Waste champions

Source: Auckland Council

Know someone who has been working hard to minimise waste in your local community?

Nominations for Auckland’s 2019 Community Zero Waste Awards are currently open and it will only take a few moments of your time to complete the easy online nomination form.  

The awards are an opportunity for Aucklanders to recognise and celebrate zero waste champions across Tāmaki Makaurau. The focus this year is about going ‘Back to the Future’ and looking at our ancestor’s practices and knowledge for future solutions. 

The awards event is preceded by the Getting to Zero Waste Hui, which runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm on Thursday 18 July.  Kaipātiki Project is hosting the Auckland Council-sponsored community event at Smales Farm, Takapuna.  

“As sponsor, Auckland Council is delighted to be partnering with the Kaipātiki Project to deliver the Getting to Zero Hui and Awards’ Night,” says Parul Sood, Programme Director – Waste Solutions.

“It’s an inspiring, free event, which showcases the innovative work happening to move Tāmaki Makaurau towards being a zero-waste city. The awards’ night is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate these community-led success stories

“It’s a chance to thank and nominate those around you that are walking the talk, leaders in their field, or passionate Aucklanders doing amazing work around zero waste.”

Kaipātiki Project’s chairperson Charmaine Bailie says, “The Zero Waste Hui will be led by rangatahi of Para Kore ki Tāmaki, who will be sharing their perspectives on climate change. Para Kore ki Tāmaki teach zero waste and conscious climate behaviour within a Te Ao Māori lens, as rangatahi for rangatahi.  

“We are living in uncertain times with responsibilities to Te Taiao, our tupuna, and those who will follow.  Climate change is an overarching issue for indigenous people, the oceans that connect us, and the influence we hold as rangatahi.” 

The six award categories open for nominations are:

  • Power to the People for a group, community organisation or school that has demonstrated commitment, effort and leadership.
  • Fair on all Fronts for an innovative community or social enterprise that is converting waste into resources and improving social, environmental and local economic outcomes.
  • Trail Blazer for individuals for the individual that has gone above and beyond demonstrating their passion, knowledge, encouragement and empowerment for zero waste in their community.
  • Re-imagining the Resource for an innovative, creative and unique upcycled product;
  • Leaders in the Making for young people who have helped lead the way to a zero-waste world.
  • Te Moana Nui A Kiwa – this category has two awards for individuals and/or groups. Activators in the community that have inspired, empowered and activated their people towards a zero-waste future, for the restoration of our land and Moana.

Nominate a Zero Waste Champion

Click here to nominate a zero waste champion or to register to attend the Auckland Community Zero Waste Hui and/or Awards Night.

Nominations close Monday 15 July.

Academic gown funds go to masters research

Source: Massey University

Recipients of scholarships from Graduate Women Manawatū Charitable Trust: (from left, back) Kelly McDonald, Hannah Walters, Helen Peters, Sarah Gilmore, (middle row) Catherine Smith, Associate Professor Sita Venkateswar (Graduate Women Manawatū Charitable Trust chair), Mariapia Bugna, Cassie Anderson, Megan Heslop and (front) Kelly Turner, Professor Glenda Anthony (Graduate Women Manawatū Charitable Trust chair), Delwyn Blundell and Lisa Chaplow. (Absent – Jemima Diki Sherpa).

Eleven post-graduate Massey University students have been awarded scholarships totalling $70,000 by the Graduate Women Manawatū Charitable Trust for research projects as diverse as volcanology, maternal ambivalence, animal stress, and mountaineering and tourism in Nepal.

Presentations were made to the students at a celebratory luncheon held at Wharerata on Massey’s Manawatū campus on June 22, attended by the students, their families and supporters, members of Graduate Women Manawatu, and guests. 

Kelly Turner, a post-graduate student from the Institute of Education and recipient of the Mary Malloch Scholarship – a one-off award of $3000 presented by the Trust last year – was the guest speaker.

Ainsley Watson, manager for Academic Dress Hire, says this award has been made possible by a generous donation from the family of Mary Malloch, a long-time member of Graduate Women Manawatū.

All recipients are studying towards master’s degrees in their chosen disciplines at one of Massey’s campuses or through distance. Applications were received from students across New Zealand, and efforts were made to ensure a good representation from all Massey campuses, says Mr Watson.

Funding for the scholarships is derived from the hire of academic regalia. Graduate Women Manawatū Charitable Trust owns and operates the Academic Dress Hire business based on the Manawatū campus. This business supplies academic gowns and gowning services for all graduation ceremonies at Massey, and provides gowns for graduations at other tertiary institutions throughout the lower North Island. As a charitable entity all profit from the business is reinvested in education through provision of a variety of scholarships and awards for women throughout New Zealand.

The 2019 Awardees are: Cassie Anderson, Delwyn Blondell, Mariapia Bugna, Lisa Chaplow, Sarah Gilmour, Morgan Heslop, Kelly McDonald, Helen Peters, Jemima Sherpa, Catherine Smith, and Hannah Walters. 

Awardee projects:

Cassie Anderson – Master of Arts (Psychology)

A qualitative study focusing on young bisexual women’s identity and coming out narratives. 

Catherine Smith – Master of Specialist Teaching (Learning and Behaviour)

Exploring a professional inquiry research question – “how can I, as a resource teacher: learning and behaviour, empower whānau to be visibly represented in my practice?”

Delwyn Blondell – Master of Arts (History)

A thesis centred on a group of railway construction labourers (navvies) recruited in England in 1872, arriving in New Zealand in debt to their employers, seeking to answer questions about the occupational and social background of these labourers, to test theories of conformity and disruption generally applied to navvies and determine the contribution they made to New Zealand society, in areas of community and working class history.

Hannah Walters – Master of Science (Earth Science) 

A volcanology project studying the 232 AD eruption from the Taupo super volcano. Field data from this historical event will help to better understand the risks and hazard impacts of future eruptions of this type and magnitude. 

Helen Peters – Master of Arts (History)

Exploring women’s experiences in homes for unmarried mothers to enrich our understanding of post-war attitudes towards sexuality, childbearing and the creation of families by interviewing women in these institutions between 1950 and 1980.

Jemima Diki Sherpa – Master of  Arts (Social Anthropology)

Research centred on the once isolated high mountain valley Khumbu region of Nepal, historically home to the Sherpa community. Over the last seven decades, the arrival of mountaineering and tourism focused on Chomolungma (Sagarmatha/Mount Everest) has resulted in rapid social, economic, and environmental change. 

Kelly McDonald – Master of Fine Arts

By melding the personal narrative of motherhood and the domestic, with life as a studio artist, this research explores power and gender in the home, the history of these spaces and the subtle and sometimes not so subtle burdens they place on women.  

Lisa Chaplow – Master in Counselling Studies

Research on the effect of school-based mindfulness programmes for anxiety in young children.

Mariapia Bugna – Master in Counselling Studies

The research focusses on learning techniques and strategies to deal with clients’ needs, and in expanding knowledge through new courses in the field of eating disorders. 

Morgan Heslop – Master of Science (Physiology)

Research to develop a novel biomarker of stress in animals, by analysing caps at the end of DNA strands which shorten in response to stress. By measuring stress-related changes in these caps (called telomeres), this researcher hopes to establish an objective marker for use in animal welfare assessment. 

Sarah Gilmour – Master of Arts (Psychology)

This project aims to understand mothers’ experiences of maternal ambivalence in Aotearoa New Zealand. Using feminist psychology theory, mothers’ experiences of mixed feelings towards mothering will be considered in relation to social, gender and cultural expectations within society. 

Have your say on an inquiry into health inequities for Māori

Source: New Zealand Parliament

The inquiry will focus on cancer care and explore barriers that Māori experience relating to prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, cures, and palliative care. The closing date for submissions is 20 September 2019.

The Māori Affairs Committee opened this inquiry in March 2019. This was after receiving letters from Māori users of the health system expressing concern and identifying shortcomings for Māori seeking cancer care.

The terms of reference for this inquiry will focus on:

  • collating existing statistics and evidence regarding Māori cancer health and identifying significant inequalities
  • studying the higher incidence rate Māori experience with specific cancers compared to non-Māori
  • identifying specific sets of issues experienced by Māori health service users
  • investigating and critiquing the lower engagement rate for Māori with prevention, early detection, screening programmes, treatment, and medication
  • looking at the role primary and health professionals play in improving cancer survival rates for Māori
  • researching how to best design, develop, and roll-out an early detection and/or wellbeing programme
  • identifying where whānau ‘touch’ the system to identify ‘moments of impact’ where bias (unconscious or deliberate) consistently occurs
  • exploring a conceptual best practice whānau-centric model of cancer care.

Tell the Māori Affairs Committee what you think

Make a submission on the inquiry by midnight on 20 September 2019.

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