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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Ask Away

Ask Away

Informed voters are key to democracy. With the election mere weeks away, many voters want to know how different parties would handle important issues if given their vote. However, relying solely on party statements and political debates can leave questions unanswered and policies unclear. A clever innovation released as part of Massey University’s Design and Democracy Project has made...
Government Economics Network (GEN) Conference 2014

Government Economics Network (GEN) Conference 2014

On 5 November, Te Papa is hosting the Government Economics Network (GEN) Annual Conference for 2014. The conference will look at a range of policy areas and review how modern economic analysis methods could be used in these areas. Kim Hill from RadioNZ is due to facilitate, including chairing a panel/Q&A discussion for each session....
Local Government New Zealand Major Issues Seminar: Regional Economic Development.

Local Government New Zealand Major Issues Seminar: Regional Economic Development.

Last week I attended a Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) seminar on Regional Economic Development. LGNZ had invited some prominent speakers including Shamubeel Eaqub,  principal economist at the New Zealand Institute of Economic Development and author of the recently published book Growing Apart: Regional Prosperity in New Zealand. The other speakers, both MPs with portfolios...
On the Fence - voter engagement

On the Fence – voter engagement

This is the first in series of blogs looking at voter engagement in the run up to the 2014 National Election next month. Our first focus is the online voter questionnaire On the Fence, launched at Massey University, Wellington on Friday, 8 August. Since then it has been popping up all over social media, particularly...
One Hundred Years On From World War One

One Hundred Years On From World War One

The quiet waterfront scene of the capital was momentarily disrupted on Monday, 4 August by the sound of gunfire, to mark one hundred years since New Zealand entered the First World War. Members of the Institute team gathered on the wharf alongside a crowd vying for a view of the 100-gun salute. Yesterday morning’s salute...
Dr Todd Capson discusses ocean acidification at the Institute

Dr Todd Capson discusses ocean acidification at the Institute

On Wednesday 2 July 2014 the Institute hosted a meeting with Dr Todd Capson, a marine scientist working with the US-based Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. This discussion has now been published as a series of videos on our Youtube channel. During the meeting Dr Capson addressed the implications of ocean acidification for aquaculture industries in the...
Renata our Head of Research heads off to Africa

Renata our Head of Research heads off to Africa

Our Head of Research Renata Mokena-Lodge is leaving us for the sunny shores of Tanzania on Monday. Where she will work for American NGO; Asylum Access to provide legal advice to refugees. Asylum Access is an international non-profit organisation working towards the assurance of refugee rights in first countries of refuge. They aim to change...
Charlotte Greenfield on Radio New Zealand Saturday Morning Show

Charlotte Greenfield on Radio New Zealand Saturday Morning Show

This month we were happy to host our TalentNZ 2013 Sir Paul Callaghan Science Meets humanities Scholarship recipient Charlotte Greenfield back at the Institute. Charlotte hosted a fundraising evening for her charitable trust Ecko, of which more details are given below. Whilst back in Wellington, Charlotte was also interviewed by Kim Hill on her Saturday...
Sir Paul Callaghan: reflections on New Zealand science

Sir Paul Callaghan: reflections on New Zealand science

The Institute has recently been reflecting on this 2012 interview with the late Sir Paul Callaghan, one of New Zealand’s most remarkable scientists and a leading public figure. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is currently calling for feedback on its draft National Statement of Science Investment, a document that will shape the...
One Ocean discussion evening: Bronwen Golder

One Ocean discussion evening: Bronwen Golder

On 27 May the Institute held a structured discussion evening to explore the future of ocean management in New Zealand. Over 60 attendees with a broad range of expertise heard our three speakers share their ideas and aspirations for New Zealand’s marine environment. Each speaker gave a 10-minute presentation, which was followed by a wide-ranging...
One Ocean discussion evening: Ann McCrone

One Ocean discussion evening: Ann McCrone

On 27 May the Institute held a structured discussion evening to explore the future of ocean management in New Zealand. Over 60 attendees with a broad range of expertise heard our three speakers share their ideas and aspirations for New Zealand’s marine environment. Each speaker gave a 10-minute presentation, which was followed by a wide-ranging...
One Ocean discussion evening: James Palmer

One Ocean discussion evening: James Palmer

On 27 May the Institute held a structured discussion evening to explore the future of ocean management in New Zealand. Over 60 attendees with a broad range of expertise heard our three speakers share their ideas and aspirations for New Zealand’s marine environment. Each speaker gave a 10-minute presentation, which was followed by a wide-ranging...