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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New Zealand King Salmon decision provides a way forward

New Zealand King Salmon decision provides a way forward

The Institute has been following the application by New Zealand King Salmon to farm nine sites in the Marlborough Sounds. The application forms part of our One Ocean project; in order to develop foresight over public policy it was critical to understand how the current system works in practice. What we learnt about the process up to...
Submissions on the Environmental Reporting Bill Due 5pm Tomorrow

Submissions on the Environmental Reporting Bill Due 5pm Tomorrow

Submissions on the Environmental Reporting Bill are due at 5pm, 17 April. This is an important piece of potential legislation for New Zealand. The Institute supports Environmental Reporting legislation in principle and we have a detailed submission in process. The Parliamentary Commission for the Environments submission is a quick and worthwhile read for anyone interested, it...
Predicted rise in new cancer cases worldwide

Predicted rise in new cancer cases worldwide

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a specialized agency of the United Nations World Health Organization has recently released the World Cancer Report. The report has predicted a rise in new cancer cases worldwide; to 22 million up from 14 million within the next 20 years. Fatality rates are also expected to rise from 8.2...
Treasury University Challenge 2014

Treasury University Challenge 2014

The Treasury University Challenge 2014 has been launched. It is a very exciting opportunity for New Zealand university students to get a glimpse into some of the things that the Treasury does. The task requires students to engage with one of three topical public policy issues, including access to tertiary education, the regulation of rental housing and...
TalentNZ Tour: Wanaka Monday 31 March

TalentNZ Tour: Wanaka Monday 31 March

The March tour of the TalentNZ project wound up on Monday 31 March in Wanaka. The public event was hosted by Shaping Our Future and Imagine Wanaka which both operate locally. The vision for Shaping Our Future revolves around: ‘Spectacular environments, enterprising people, exceptional solutions’ by embracing Kaitiakitanga (guardianship, care and protection) and Manaakitanga (implying a...
Rootworm develops resistance to GM corn originally engineered to kill them

Rootworm develops resistance to GM corn originally engineered to kill them

A study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has documented the rapid resistance in western corn rootworm to an anti pest toxin produced by genetically modified corn in the US.  BT corn, first planted in 1996, was genetically modified to produce a toxin poisonous to the worms, who were devastating US...
TalentNZ Tour: Napier Wednesday 26 March

TalentNZ Tour: Napier Wednesday 26 March

The TalentNZ Tour took on a marine theme in Napier on Thursday 26 March when Wendy McGuinness hosted the Napier public event at the National Aquarium of New Zealand. The Napier public event was sandwiched between Wendy’s presentations to Hastings District Council on 26 March and Napier City Council on 27 March. Napier is not...
TalentNZ Tour: Gisborne Tuesday 25 March

TalentNZ Tour: Gisborne Tuesday 25 March

Wendy McGuinness and Dr Patrick Nolan, Principal Advisor to the Economics and Research team at the New Zealand Productivity Commission, visited Gisborne on Tuesday 25 March as part of the East Coast stretch of the TalentNZ Tour.  The ideas of the TalentNZ project were warmly received by Gisborne locals at the public event, hosted by Councillor...
TalentNZ: Christchurch Thursday 20 March

TalentNZ: Christchurch Thursday 20 March

On Thursday the TalentNZ Tour arrived in Christchurch. Wendy McGuinness was joined by Tim Bennett and Roger Dennis at a meeting with Mayor Lianne Dalziel and councillors, including Vicki Buck and Raf Manji who we interviewed for the TalentNZ Journal. It was a fantastic opportunity to share the first version of the Menu of Initiatives and discuss Christchurch’s potential to grow...
TalentNZ: Kaikoura Wednesday 19 March

TalentNZ: Kaikoura Wednesday 19 March

The whales might migrate to other waters for half of the year, but talent in Kaikoura doesn’t have to. Kaikoura was the middle stop in the TalentNZ Tour of the South Island. On 19 March Hayden Glass of Sapere Research joined Wendy in presenting the ideas to the Councillors, discussing how they can grow, attract,...
TalentNZ: Dunedin Tuesday 18 March

TalentNZ: Dunedin Tuesday 18 March

The Southern chapter of the TalentNZ  tour started in Dunedin on Tuesday 18 March. Tim Bennett, chief executive of NZX joined Wendy McGuinness to present Version 1 of the Menu of Initiatives Directory to Mayor Dave Cull and Councillors Doug Hall, Aaron Hawkins, Mike Lord, Jinty MacTavish, Neville Peat, Lee Vandervis and Andrew Whiley. The...
TalentNZ Tour: Auckland Thursday 13 March

TalentNZ Tour: Auckland Thursday 13 March

Last Thursday the ICEHOUSE hosted Wendy McGuinness for the Auckland TalentNZ Tour public event. There was a great turn out including contributors from the TalentNZ Journal and increasing support for the TalentNZ Menu of Initiatives as Wendy extended the network to Auckland Councillors and the public. Auckland certainly doesn’t struggle to attract talented residents to...