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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'What are the fiscal, economic and social policies in the long term?' – Tim Ng on economics at the ForesightNZ workshop

‘What are the fiscal, economic and social policies in the long term?’ – Tim Ng on economics at the ForesightNZ workshop

Tim Ng, Director of Economic System at the New Zealand Treasury, discusses the long term economic and policy choices that New Zealand faces at day one of the three-day ForesightNZ workshop in Wellington on 27–29 April. You can watch the video of his presentation on the McGuinness Institute’s YouTube channel, or you can view it below. Tim Ng’s role in...
Working Paper 2016/02 New Zealand King Salmon: A financial perspective

Working Paper 2016/02 New Zealand King Salmon: A financial perspective

This paper provides an analysis of the current and prospective profitability, liquidity and financial stability of New Zealand King Salmon Investments Limited (NZKS) in light of the company’s request to use water space in the Marlborough Sounds for salmon farming. It also explores how the New Zealand government might best assess other companies wishing to...
Dr Bernard Cadogan discusses Brexit – video published today

Dr Bernard Cadogan discusses Brexit – video published today

On Friday, 1 July 2016 the Institute was fortunate to host Dr Bernard Cadogan for a public discussion on the United Kingdom’s decision (via referendum) to vote to leave the European Union. Dr Cadogan’s talk was followed by a Q&A session and refreshments. The discussion was filmed and is now published on our YouTube channel.  ...
Working Paper 2016/01: History of strategy stewardship in the New Zealand public service 1980–2016 published

Working Paper 2016/01: History of strategy stewardship in the New Zealand public service 1980–2016 published

Today we publish Working Paper 2016/01: History of strategy stewardship in the New Zealand public service 1980–2016, as part of our ongoing StrategyNZ project. StrategyNZ is a McGuinness Institute project that began in early 2006. The aim is to contribute to a discussion on how to improve long-term strategic thinking and strategy stewardship in both...
UK 'Leaves' EU: Implications for Europe and lessons for New Zealand

UK ‘Leaves’ EU: Implications for Europe and lessons for New Zealand

Given recent events, we have decided to host a last-minute discussion titled UK ‘Leaves’ EU: Implications for Europe and lessons for New Zealand. See the flyer below and visit the NationVoicesNZ website for more information. Dr Bernard Cadogan has agreed to give a lunchtime talk at the McGuinness Institute this Friday, 1 July 2016. He...
Discussion paper 2016/01 – A Queenstown Lakes District perspective on tackling poverty

Discussion paper 2016/01 – A Queenstown Lakes District perspective on tackling poverty

The final draft of Discussion paper 2016/01 – A Queenstown Lakes District perspective on tackling poverty is now published. The purpose of this paper is to bring to light the issues raised by locals at the one-day TacklingPovertyNZ tour workshop in the Queenstown Lakes District, held on 29 March, 2016. The paper describes the structure of the...
'The future arrives at different speeds' – a presentation by Paul Saffo in San Francisco

‘The future arrives at different speeds’ – a presentation by Paul Saffo in San Francisco

At the 2015 annual conference of the World Future Society in San Francisco, Paul Saffo ran a session discussing pace layer thinking and its application to foresight. Paul Saffo is a forecaster with over two decades of experience exploring the dynamics of large-scale, long-term change. He is co-founder of Discern Investment Analytics, teaches forecasting at...
TalentNZ Newsletter Issue 15 Out Today!

TalentNZ Newsletter Issue 15 Out Today!

TalentNZ explores four integrated work-streams that were identified as necessary to create a talent-based economy: grow, attract, retain and connect. In this Issue we put the New Zealand education system under the microscope. At the Institute, we consider that a broad and deep discussion around changing the shape of our education system is essential, as it will...
2016 TalentNZ Refresh

2016 TalentNZ Refresh

On Thursday, 19 May 2016 the Institute held a lunchtime round table discussion about the Institute’s Project TalentNZ – refreshing TalentNZ. The purpose of the meeting was to stress-test the TalentNZ approach and refine the TalentNZ ecosystem model since it was created in 2014. The refresh of TalentNZ was not about repeating what has already been...
Dame Julia Cleverdon talks about social action – video published today

Dame Julia Cleverdon talks about social action – video published today

While at the Teach For All annual conference Wendy took the opportunity to interview Dame Julia Cleverdon. Julia is the co-founder of Step Up To Serve, a UK charity coordinating the #iwill campaign to make social action part of life for 10- to 20-year-olds by 2020. The interview with Julia was filmed and is now published on our YouTube...
Introducing Te Auaha - the New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity

Introducing Te Auaha – the New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity

In the heart of New Zealand’s cultural capital, a hub for creative students is about to emerge. The Council and Executive of Whitireia New Zealand and the Wellington Institute of Technology (Weltec) have merged their programmes to create Te Auaha – the New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity. The Institute is the outcome of a collaboration...
'It's not just about a box, it's a facilitation, the relationship becomes really important' – International perspective at Queenstown workshop

‘It’s not just about a box, it’s a facilitation, the relationship becomes really important’ – International perspective at Queenstown workshop

Jennifer Weber, Chief Education Officer of The Baby Box Co., discusses the Canadian and Australian baby box initiative at the TacklingPovertyNZ one-day workshop in Queenstown on 29 March 2016. You can watch the video of her presentation on the McGuinness Institute’s YouTube channel, or you can view the video below. Jennifer discussed that The Baby...