The McGuinness Institute

The McGuinness Institute

The McGuinness Institute is a Wellington based non-partisan think tank working towards a sustainable future, contributing strategic foresight through evidence-based research and policy analysis.
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Study abroad student reflects on life at sea and her time at the Institute

Study abroad student reflects on life at sea and her time at the Institute

We were lucky enough to have Hoai-Nam Bui, a 3rd year student at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota studying geology and biology join us at the Institute for a week. We first met at the Sea Semester event in March 2016. Below is Hoai-Nam’s reflections on her travels round New Zealand. This past week, I have...
TacklingPovertyNZ newsletter issue 1 out now!

TacklingPovertyNZ newsletter issue 1 out now!

We are pleased to announce that the first TacklingPovertyNZ newsletter is now available to view on our website. In response to the interest we have received around the TacklingPovertyNZ national tour, we have decided to create this TacklingPovertyNZ newsletter. The newsletter will be produced every two months for the remainder of 2016, and will share what we and others are doing to...
ForesightNZ Workshop - Day 1

ForesightNZ Workshop – Day 1

After weeks of preparation for the ForesightNZ workshop, the participants were eager to begin the first of three full days at the New Zealand Treasury thinking about New Zealand’s long-term future. The night before was spent meeting their groups and coming to terms with the fundamentals of futures thinking. Wendy McGuinness opened the workshop and...
Suzanne Snively on transparency and anti-corruption measures and their role in reducing poverty

Suzanne Snively on transparency and anti-corruption measures and their role in reducing poverty

Suzanne Snively was a speaker on day one of the TacklingPovertyNZ workshop in December 2015. You can watch the video on the McGuinness Institute’s YouTube channel, or you can view the video below. Suzanne spoke about how New Zealand’s attributes of transparency and integrity can prevent corruption and generate transparency. She spoke about how it was important for...
Timeline of significant events in the history of education in New Zealand is now published!

Timeline of significant events in the history of education in New Zealand is now published!

Given the December 2015 consultation on the Education Act 1989, and the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into new models of tertiary education, it seemed timely to take a closer look at the history of New Zealand’s education system.  As part of our TalentNZ project we have created a timeline titled Timeline of significant events in the history of education in...
The booklet sharing ideas from the Civics and Media Project workshop series is now published online

The booklet sharing ideas from the Civics and Media Project workshop series is now published online

Proceedings of The Civics and Media Project: A report on the three workshops held in 2015 is now published. The booklet is intended to contribute to the national conversation about civics and media by documenting our thinking about the nature of the issue, our vision for the future and some pragmatic ideas to get there. You...
Sign up to receive our new TacklingPovertyNZ newsletter!

Sign up to receive our new TacklingPovertyNZ newsletter!

In response to the interest we have received around the TacklingPovertyNZ national tour, and to build a community around this conversation, the Institute has decided to create a bimonthly TacklingPovertyNZ newsletter for the remainder of 2016. This newsletter will be produced every two months and will outline recent developments, research and resources. Please register your email address here. The first...
Survey on the 28 'hows' from the TacklingPovertyNZ Queenstown workshop

Survey on the 28 ‘hows’ from the TacklingPovertyNZ Queenstown workshop

At the TacklingPovertyNZ Queenstown workshop on 29 March 2016 participants discussed challenges and opportunities in the local area. Four key themes emerged – the role of housing, the role of business, the role of community and the role of everything else (others). In groups, participants were given one of the key themes and developed seven ‘hows’ to tackle poverty. The group...
Awerangi Tamihere on how to tackle poverty

Awerangi Tamihere on how to tackle poverty

Awerangi Tamihere, Director of Strategy, Innovation & Design at Te Whānau O Waipareira and the Strategy & Innovation Lead at Te Pou Matakana, was a speaker on day one of the TacklingPovertyNZ workshop in December 2015. You can watch the video on the McGuinness Institute’s YouTube channel, or you can view the video below. Awerangi’s presentation illustrated how community-based organisations and agencies can...
Janell Dymus-Kurei on how to tackle poverty

Janell Dymus-Kurei on how to tackle poverty

Janell Dymus-Kurei was a speaker on day two of the TacklingPovertyNZ workshop in December 2015. You can watch the video on the McGuinness Institute’s YouTube channel, or you can view the video below. Janell shared her personal experience with poverty. She spoke about recognising the power of connection, being able to rely on the land, and the need to...
Craig Smith on the link between crime and poverty

Craig Smith on the link between crime and poverty

Porirua-based criminal lawyer Craig Smith, was a speaker on day one of the TacklingPovertyNZ workshop in December 2015. You can watch the video on the McGuinness Institute’s YouTube channel, or you can view the video below. Craig gave the group an insight into his work, which ranges from jury trials to youth court work. He explained the...
Dr Eric Crampton on how to tackle poverty

Dr Eric Crampton on how to tackle poverty

Dr Eric Crampton, Head of Research at The New Zealand Initiative, was a speaker on day one of the TacklingPovertyNZ workshop in December 2015. You can watch the video on the McGuinness Institute’s YouTube channel, or you can view the video below. Dr Crampton brought an economic perspective to the workshop; he asserted that in...