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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An Interview with Karleen Marshall

An Interview with Karleen Marshall

In November 2014 we travelled up the Whanganui River with 35 young New Zealanders aged between 18 and 25 as part of the LocalNZ workshop. During this trip we visited the Te Wainui a Rua school, the only school on the Whanganui River and interviewed the school’s principal, Karleen Marshall. In this video Karleen shares...
TalentNZ at the NZ Community Boards Conference

TalentNZ at the NZ Community Boards Conference

Last week we ran two TalentNZ sessions at the New Zealand Community Boards Conference in the Bay of Islands (15 and 16 May 2015). The theme of the Conference was ‘Influencing Change’, and it brought together local community board members, mayors, councillors, council staff and other persons interested in making a difference in their communities from throughout the...
TalentNZ Newsletter Issue 6 out today!

TalentNZ Newsletter Issue 6 out today!

In this issue we discuss the launch of the TalentNZ sessions we are running at the New Zealand Community Boards Conference in May and the World Futures Societies Conference In July. We also discuss our upcoming TalentNZ work, including work contributing to our upcoming journal TalentNZ: Grow talent edition website and our search for individuals to interview for the...
A 'Pacific and Southern Ocean Institute' in New Zealand?

A ‘Pacific and Southern Ocean Institute’ in New Zealand?

Last night we floated the idea of a ‘Pacific and Southern Ocean Institute’ – an independent institution charged with creating a place for bringing together ocean research and developing public policy in a considered and integrated way before it gets to the Cabinet table. See also the following media release. This idea was discussed at the...
Dr Bernard Cadogan speaks on what makes a good political speech in New Zealand

Dr Bernard Cadogan speaks on what makes a good political speech in New Zealand

Today we had the pleasure of hosting a lunch time discussion on what makes a good political speech in New Zealand. Dr Bernard Cadogan presented us with a ‘perfect speech’ discussing the place of irony, wit and a range of other tools in political speeches today. Bernard discussed five speeches: Sir George Grey’s ‘Millions Yet Unborn’ (8...
Upcoming event: What makes a good political speech in New Zealand?

Upcoming event: What makes a good political speech in New Zealand?

Please join us for lunch this Friday at 1 pm to listen to Dr Bernard Cadogan talk about what makes a good political speech in New Zealand. Please see the invitation below. We have been fortunate to have the pleasure of Dr Bernard Cadogan joining us at the Institute this week. Bernard is well-known in...
One Ocean Report – Auckland Discussion Evening and Launch

One Ocean Report – Auckland Discussion Evening and Launch

Please join us on Tuesday, 12 May from 5.30–7.00 pm for a discussion on New Zealand’s oceans management and the Auckland launch of the report, One Ocean: Principles for the stewardship of a healthy and productive ocean. Please note that hard copies of the report are available for purchase through our online store.        ...
One Ocean Perspectives - Dr Morgan Williams

One Ocean Perspectives – Dr Morgan Williams

Each day during the month of April, the Institute will feature one of the 30 ‘perspectives’ from the One Ocean report. These short articles include a diverse range of views regarding oceans management in New Zealand. Enjoy! Today: Dr Morgan Williams, Chair of the Board of Trustees, World Wide Fund for Nature New Zealand How we see the sea:...
One Ocean Perspectives - Barry Weeber

One Ocean Perspectives – Barry Weeber

Each day during the month of April, the Institute will feature one of the 30 ‘perspectives’ from the One Ocean report. These short articles include a diverse range of views regarding oceans management in New Zealand. Enjoy! Today: Barry Weeber, Co-Chair, Environment and Conservation Organisations of Aotearoa New Zealand (ECO) and Advisor, Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition Marine management in the...
One Ocean Perspectives - Cath Wallace

One Ocean Perspectives – Cath Wallace

Each day during the month of April, the Institute will feature one of the 30 ‘perspectives’ from the One Ocean report. These short articles include a diverse range of views regarding oceans management in New Zealand. Enjoy! Today: Cath Wallace, Vice-Chairperson, Environment and Conservation Organisations of Aotearoa New Zealand (ECO) Ecosystem-based management Oceans are vitally and dynamically connected to...
One Ocean Perspectives - Rear Admiral Jack Steer

One Ocean Perspectives – Rear Admiral Jack Steer

Each day during the month of April, the Institute will feature one of the 30 ‘perspectives’ from the One Ocean report. These short articles include a diverse range of views regarding oceans management in New Zealand. Enjoy! Today: Rear Admiral Jack Steer, Chief of Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy The Navy and the ocean The role of your navy...
One Ocean Perspectives - Dr Vaughan Stagpoole

One Ocean Perspectives – Dr Vaughan Stagpoole

Each day during the month of April, the Institute will feature one of the 30 ‘perspectives’ from the One Ocean report. These short articles include a diverse range of views regarding oceans management in New Zealand. Enjoy! Today: Dr Vaughan Stagpoole, Head of the Marine Geoscience Department, GNS Science Knowledge and use of the deep sea The islands of...