Michael Mills

A public-policy expert and a Director of MartinJenkins, Michael adds considerable client value through his invaluable insights into the complex machinery of government.

As someone who has spent considerable time driving public-service reform from within  but who is now working in the private sector, Michael understands better than most the obligations, interactions and tensions between public-sector bodies, private enterprise and the wider community. He is a public-policy expert who adds considerable client value through his invaluable insights into the complex machinery of government.

Michael joined MartinJenkins in 1999 after a 15-year career in the New Zealand public services that spanned roles in applied policy research, policy advice and management, in organisations including the New Zealand Planning Council, the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group and the Labour Market Policy Group of the then-Department of Labour.

Michael has personally led, managed and provided thought leadership in support of an impressive portfolio of high-profile public policy reforms across a range of sectors, including social services, health, local government, building and construction, insurance, the environment, central government and business.

Examples of Michael’s work include:

  • management oversight of the 2013 housing affordability and social housing reforms

  • leadership of the 2008 Building Act review

  • leadership of the 2012 review of earthquake-prone building policy settings and analytical leadership for land zoning decisions in Christchurch post-earthquakes

  • leadership of the 1998 ACC policy reforms

  • management of the design and implementation of the Forest Emissions Trading Scheme and of Fonterra’s regulatory framework.

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