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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A Youth Statement on Regional Goals Available Online

A Youth Statement on Regional Goals Available Online

The LocalNZ booklet A Youth Statement on Regional Goals, is now published and available on the LocalNZ website. 35 young New Zealanders came together for a four-day workshop in November 2014. During the workshop, the participants explored the question: How do regional goals align with national goals, and how might these goals need to change in order to aid regional growth? The booklet reflects...
What Comes First: Innovation or Entrepreneurship?

What Comes First: Innovation or Entrepreneurship?

This Thursday, Bizdojo and Victoria University of Wellington are hosting two teams of distinguished entrepreneurs and academics debating the pros and cons of innovation and entrepreneurship on New Zealand’s economy. The event is certain to be fascinating, and will also give attendees a chance to see Bizdojo’s new collaborative, creative and innovation-friendly premises. If this...
Watch the Final Presentation of LocalNZ

Watch the Final Presentation of LocalNZ

The LocalNZ participant’s final presentation video is now on YouTube! LocalNZ connected 35 New Zealanders between the ages of 18 and 25, providing a collaborative space for them to identify existing and emerging opportunities and challenges. This initiative formed part of the McGuinness Institute’s TalentNZ project – creating an informed, focused and networked group of...
LocalNZ Participants in the Spotlight

LocalNZ Participants in the Spotlight

With only a week having passed since the close of LocalNZ, participants Hannah and Nyssa Payne-Harker and Oska Rego have wasted no time in continuing their engagement with local government at the Dunedin City Council. Their work caught the attention of local media, with Dunedin Television doing a feature on the trio – see here. For...
LocalNZ – Day Four

LocalNZ – Day Four

On Wednesday, 19 November the participants returned to Treasury for the final day of LocalNZ. With over 200 guests soon to be at Parliament, the group were under pressure to finalise their presentations – each person needing to turn three days of experiences into a product that highlighted their most important findings. Once this was...
LocalNZ – Day Three

LocalNZ – Day Three

Day three started at the Treasury. The ventures of the previous days were over, with participants staying put at 1 The Terrace for the majority of the day. The plan was to hear from a range of speakers, have group discussions and work alongside Treasury staff – with an expectation that this would be the most challenging day...
LocalNZ – Day Two

LocalNZ – Day Two

Day two began early aboard a steamboat. Peter Hardy (in character as the early twentieth-century Wanganui businessman Mr Hatrick) took everyone up the river on a brisk morning. The group welcomed Hon. Tariana Turia to their midst, with the boat ride allowing participants an excellent opportunity to talk to the former Māori Party MP. Hardy...
LocalNZ – Day One

LocalNZ – Day One

Having travelled from all corners of the country, on Sunday, 16 November the participants finally met and LocalNZ began. Over 30 young people arrived to spend four days answering the research question: Are the goals of NZ Inc the same as Regional NZ Inc  – and if dissimilar, what would these differences look like? The...
LocalNZ Survey - Last Chance

LocalNZ Survey – Last Chance

There is still time to complete the LocalNZ survey, but you will have to hurry! The survey closes at midnight tomorrow. The responses to the survey will be a key resource for participants at the LocalNZ workshop. When it comes to issues affecting youth, answering the questions is a great way to make your voice...
LocalNZ – Not Long Now

LocalNZ – Not Long Now

Less than a week now until the LocalNZ workshop begins! The event is shaping up to be something special, with 29 esteemed speakers already confirmed. On Sunday, 16 November we will have 36 young people from across the nation joining us in Wanganui, where they will attend the A Place to Live conference and begin...
A Place to Live

A Place to Live

A PLACE TO LIVE … for the life worth having, Wanganui 16–19 November 2014 The A Place to Live conference is fast-approaching, so now is the perfect time to register! Just head to www.aplacetolive.org.nz. A Place to Live is a national event held in Wanganui which builds on themes from the 2012 Transit of Venus Forum....
Yo Future Now Showing

Yo Future Now Showing

Yo Future, an exciting new show directed by Jo Randerson, opened in Auckland last night and will be running until 25 October. The show is being put on by the production company Show Pony, who describe it thus: ‘Yo Future is an ensemble of Auckland’s young people exploring their thoughts, fears, and hopes for the future through...