Overview The Wellington Seminar involves the input of a number of experts, officials and MPs to provide participants with the views and knowledge of the people most closely involved in the policy process. The Wellington Seminar runs for one and a half days, with the ability for additional features to be added on a demand basis. There are a limited number of spaces available per seminar.The Seminar is primarily held at BusinessNZ's premises in Wellington, with external visits within the Wellington CBD.The Seminar involves three key areas: A. Contextual ApproachAchieving public policy change – Kirk Hope, CEO of BusinessNZKirk Hope, Chief Executive of New Zealand's most influential business advocacy organisation, will provide insights, thoughts and practical tips to assist business leaders in achieving change.Discussion includes:Government's place in New Zealand/democratic processIdentifying key decision makers in policyThe art of proposing, not opposingBuilding key relationshipsThe submission processDiscussion includes:Choosing to submitBirth of a submissionWhat to say and how to say itLife after the submission process B. Tackling Current IssuesToday's issues – Political communications practitionerThere are many ways in which decisions are reached within the Beehive. The Seminar equips business leaders wtih the ability to recognise and understand these different pathways and to best prepare for them.The Seminar provides participants with the opportunity to engage with a variety of people and groups involved in the political process, including decision-makers, journalists, lobbyists and representatives from industry associations.Discussion includes:Prioritising policies/political realitiesHow to state the case for changeSelling the idea to the general publicRelationship between Ministers and officials C. Relationship with GovernmentDepartments & their role in policy making – Major Govt Dept Senior OfficialsThe relationship with officials who develop and consult on laws/regulations is just as important as that with Ministers of the Crown. The Seminar outlines how they operate and their role in policy making.Discussion with high ranking officials includes:Life cycle of departments vs GovernmentsStructure for policy developmentEngagement tools with the private sectorRole of select committees – Select Committee specialistThe Select Committee provides the opportunity to publicly submit your views and recommendations to a range of MPs across the political spectrum. Preparation is key to ensure a positive outcome.Discussion includes:Outline of select committee processPreparation for select committeeDo's and don'ts of appearing in front of a select committeeStrategic uses of other parliamentary processes (question time, OIA requests etc)Participants will also take part in a select committee exercise so that they become better prepared when attending a select committee to present their submission.Meet the politician – Government & Opposition MPWhile there are a number of similarities in the day-to-day operations of a Government and an Opposition MP, there are also clear differences. At some point today's Opposition MP may be tomorrow's Government Minister.The Seminar will provide executives opportunities to build relationships with up and coming MPs from all sides of the house, so as the participant grows in their professional capacity, so does their relationship with politicians who move up the political ranks.Meeting with up and coming Government MPDiscussion includes:Understanding the role of a Government MP/MinisterWhen best to engage with Government MPsProcess and preparation for meeting – what Government MPs are looking forMeeting with up and coming Opposition MPDiscussion includes:Understanding the role and views of an opposition MPBenefits of relationship building for future policiesProcess and preparation for meeting – what opposition MPs are looking for.