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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LocalNZ – Day Three

LocalNZ – Day Three

Day three started at the Treasury. The ventures of the previous days were over, with participants staying put at 1 The Terrace for the majority of the day. The plan was to hear from a range of speakers, have group discussions and work alongside Treasury staff – with an expectation that this would be the most challenging day...
LocalNZ – Day Two

LocalNZ – Day Two

Day two began early aboard a steamboat. Peter Hardy (in character as the early twentieth-century Wanganui businessman Mr Hatrick) took everyone up the river on a brisk morning. The group welcomed Hon. Tariana Turia to their midst, with the boat ride allowing participants an excellent opportunity to talk to the former Māori Party MP. Hardy...
LocalNZ – Day One

LocalNZ – Day One

Having travelled from all corners of the country, on Sunday 16 November the participants finally met and LocalNZ began. Over 30 young people arrived to spend four days answering the research question: Are the goals of NZ Inc the same as Regional NZ Inc  – and if dissimilar, what would these differences look like? The...
LocalNZ Survey - Last Chance

LocalNZ Survey – Last Chance

There is still time to complete the LocalNZ survey, but you will have to hurry! The survey closes at midnight tomorrow. The responses to the survey will be a key resource for participants at the LocalNZ workshop. When it comes to issues affecting youth, answering the questions is a great way to make your voice...
LocalNZ – Not Long Now

LocalNZ – Not Long Now

Less than a week now until the LocalNZ workshop begins! The event is shaping up to be something special, with 29 esteemed speakers already confirmed. On Sunday, 16 November we will have 36 young people from across the nation joining us in Wanganui, where they will attend the A Place to Live conference and begin...
A Place to Live

A Place to Live

A PLACE TO LIVE … for the life worth having, Wanganui 16–19 November 2014 The A Place to Live conference is fast-approaching, so now is the perfect time to register! Just head to www.aplacetolive.org.nz. A Place to Live is a national event held in Wanganui which builds on themes from the 2012 Transit of Venus Forum....
Yo Future Now Showing

Yo Future Now Showing

Yo Future, an exciting new show directed by Jo Randerson, opened in Auckland last night and will be running until 25 October. The show is being put on by the production company Show Pony, who describe it thus: ‘Yo Future is an ensemble of Auckland’s young people exploring their thoughts, fears, and hopes for the future through...
Ebola - Why NZ must support West Africa

Ebola – Why NZ must support West Africa

The Observer recently interviewed Peter Piot about Ebola, and it is well worth a read. What is clear is that New Zealand, like all developed countries, must provide logistical support to West Africa. As a young Belgian scientist, Peter was part of the team that discovered Ebola in 1976. In this article from 4 October 2014, he explains why he is...
LocalNZ Survey Launched

LocalNZ Survey Launched

Our LocalNZ website ‘Connecting youth committed to local government’ has recently been updated with a survey to explore issues facing youth. The survey takes around 10 minutes, and a summary of the results will be a key resource for the participants at the LocalNZ workshop in November. These will also be published on the website. Applications...
The last chance to enrol is today. You can’t enrol on election day.

The last chance to enrol is today. You can’t enrol on election day.

Well, we are finally here. This is just a quick final post to share with you what a friend just told me his mum told him years ago – ‘you must vote out of respect for your ancestors who fought and often died in order that you could vote.’ Today is the last day to...
Candidate

Candidate

Candidate, like On the Fence, is an initiative that takes the form of an online questionnaire. Users can answer policy-based questions with a ‘thumbs-up’ or ‘thumbs-down’, and are ultimately told how their opinions align with the policies of the parties. A tutorial is offered before undertaking the survey to ensure users understand the process. Candidate...
Voting ... and Animal Welfare

Voting … and Animal Welfare

Not long now … In the run up to the election MPs and parties have been debating a range of issues – from economics and jobs to climate change and the environment. However, as one of the participants from EmpowerNZ informed us, very few focus on animal welfare policies. If you are interested, check out the...