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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TacklingPovertyNZ: Tania Tapsell on how to tackle poverty

TacklingPovertyNZ: Tania Tapsell on how to tackle poverty

Councillor Tania Tapsell’s (Rotorua District Council) presentation from the TacklingPovertyNZ workshop is now available on the McGuinness Institute YouTube channel. You can also watch the video below. As one of the youngest local government councillors in New Zealand, Tania Tapsell offered an interesting perspective from within local government. Although poverty can be intergeneration because of education, housing and...
Join us for our upcoming Project One Ocean event: Sea Education Association public discussion

Join us for our upcoming Project One Ocean event: Sea Education Association public discussion

Join us for our Project One Ocean event: Sea Education Association: Public Discussion 11.30 am ­– 1.30 pm on Friday, 11 March 2016 McGuinness Institute, Level 2, 5 Cable St, Wellington, New Zealand RSVP: 11march@mcguinnessinstitute.org Twenty-two students from the Sea Education Association SEA Semester programme – a Boston University accredited study abroad programme – will...
TacklingPovertyNZ: Dame Diane Robertson on the complexities of being poor

TacklingPovertyNZ: Dame Diane Robertson on the complexities of being poor

Dame Diane Robertson, Auckland City Missioner, was a speaker on day one of the TacklingPovertyNZ workshop. Dame Diane’s presentation is now available on the McGuinness Institute YouTube channel. You can also watch the video below. The McGuinness Institute would like to thank  Dame Diane Robertson for allowing the publication of this video. Dame Diane discussed working...
Prime Minister's 2016 Summer Reading List

Prime Minister’s 2016 Summer Reading List

Welcome to our annual recommended summer reading list for the Prime Minister of New Zealand. Thinking about New Zealand’s long-term future is the overarching purpose of the Institute. It is with this in mind that we have identified the following observations from 2015 that will shape our recommended reading list and our work programme for...
The Civics and Media Project Workshop 3 summary published

The Civics and Media Project Workshop 3 summary published

The third and final workshop for The Civics and Media Project was held on Thursday, 19 November 2015, at the Royal Society of New Zealand. The full-day workshop was hosted by the Royal Society of New Zealand and saw over 60 people come together discussing potential responses to the focus question ‘How do we ensure a well-informed, civically...
TacklingPovertyNZ workshop video - A brief insight into the workshop

TacklingPovertyNZ workshop video – A brief insight into the workshop

The TacklingPovertyNZ workshop has come to a close. Over 72 hours, participants engaged with and learnt from policy analysts within the New Zealand Treasury, key people in the wider community and individuals who have experienced poverty first-hand. The discussions aimed to build a shared understanding of the complexities surrounding the current policy landscape, matching knowledge with...
TalentNZ Newsletter Issue 12 Out Today!

TalentNZ Newsletter Issue 12 Out Today!

In this issue we share an interview with Jess Segal (Cultural and leadership Advisor at Kiwibank) discussing how to retain talent and Think Piece 23: The Future of Talent: Reflections from the World Future Society Conference, written by former project manager Hannah Steiner-Mitchell who has left the institute and moving to Budapest. We provide an update...
Nation Voices essay competition – Only two more days to submit your essay

Nation Voices essay competition – Only two more days to submit your essay

Only two more days to submit an essay for the Institute’s Nation Voices essay competition, which explores the question ‘What makes a good prime minister for New Zealand?’ This is an opportunity for a young New Zealander to have their work published in our upcoming book, Nation Voices. Essays should focus on the character, personality and...
The Civics and Media Project: Crowdfunding initiative: PressPatron funding platform

The Civics and Media Project: Crowdfunding initiative: PressPatron funding platform

Alex Clark, founder of PressPatron and participant at The Civics and Media Project Workshop 2, has shared his crowdfunding idea as a way forward. Below is Alex Clark’s initiative: A key theme that has emerged throughout the Civics and Media Project workshops, has been the importance of embracing a diverse range of funding sources so that...
Think Piece 23 - Reflections from the World Future Society conference is now published

Think Piece 23 – Reflections from the World Future Society conference is now published

In July 2015 Wendy, Sun and I attended the World Future Society (WFS) conference in San Francisco. Think Piece 23: The Future of Talent: Reflections from the World Future Society Conference discusses the opportunities and challenges for New Zealand going forward, with a focus on the four major trends that were apparent at the World Future Society conference and...
Farewell to Hannah

Farewell to Hannah

Hannah Steiner-Mitchell, our project manager and research analyst, is leaving us for the beautiful streets of Budapest. There, she intends to research her family history, with the goal of writing a book about her grandparents’ lives. Hannah’s grandparents, along with her father, came to New Zealand in 1958 as refugees after leaving Budapest during the...
Nation Voices essay competition – 5 more days to submit your essay

Nation Voices essay competition – 5 more days to submit your essay

‘WHAT MAKES A GOOD PRIME MINISTER FOR NEW ZEALAND?’ Submit essay by Friday, 18 December 2015 Results will be announced on Friday, 26 February 2016 Five more days to submit an essay for the Institute’s Nation Voices essay competition, which explores the question ‘What makes a good prime minister for New Zealand?’ This is an...