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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Q & A session with Richard Louv

Q & A session with Richard Louv

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 the LocalNZ participants had the opportunity to hear Richard Louv discuss connections between family, nature and the community; this was followed by a Q & A session. We filmed...
One Ocean Round Table Generates Excellent Discussion

One Ocean Round Table Generates Excellent Discussion

The round table on the proposed ‘Pacific and Southern Oceans Institute’ (a working title) saw a compelling discussion, and it generated a wide range of ideas and observations regarding our ocean space. This event forms part of Project One Ocean. On Tuesday evening, 16 June the Institute played host to 13 guests – a diverse group with...
TalentNZ Newsletter Issue 7 out Today!

TalentNZ Newsletter Issue 7 out Today!

In this issue we discuss the six TalentNZ worksheets developed for the TalentNZ sessions we ran at the New Zealand Community Boards Conference in May and provide an update for the TalentNZ Journal: Grow talent edition and for our Menu of Initiatives website. We also share a highlight video from KiwiConnect‘s New Frontiers festival held in Upper...
Proposed Pacific and Southern Oceans Institute Round-table Discussion

Proposed Pacific and Southern Oceans Institute Round-table Discussion

The feedback generated by the report, Report 10: One Ocean: Principles for the stewardship of a healthy and productive ocean, has been very encouraging thus far. It has made clear both that there are many issues facing New Zealand’s oceans management and that there are many interested parties. Following the May launch in Auckland, the press...
NZ Antarctic Youth Council Develop a Working Plan

NZ Antarctic Youth Council Develop a Working Plan

The New Zealand Antarctic Youth Council held a workshop on 23 May at the Institute to discuss ways forward for the Council in the Antarctic education space. The Council heard from guest Speaker Professor Tim Naish, Director of the Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, as he explained the consequences of changes to the Antarctic...
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...
Congratulations to James Tremlett – Duke University Global Fellow

Congratulations to James Tremlett – Duke University Global Fellow

We at the Institute were delighted to hear of former policy analyst James Tremlett’s appointment as a Global Fellow in Marine Conservation at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. James will venture to America in July to begin his tenure, during which he will be working at the Duke Marine Lab. We wish him 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...