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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One Ocean discussion evening: Bronwen Golder

One Ocean discussion evening: Bronwen Golder

On 27 May the Institute held a structured discussion evening to explore the future of ocean management in New Zealand. Over 60 attendees with a broad range of expertise heard our three speakers share their ideas and aspirations for New Zealand’s marine environment. Each speaker gave a 10-minute presentation, which was followed by a wide-ranging...
One Ocean discussion evening: Ann McCrone

One Ocean discussion evening: Ann McCrone

On 27 May the Institute held a structured discussion evening to explore the future of ocean management in New Zealand. Over 60 attendees with a broad range of expertise heard our three speakers share their ideas and aspirations for New Zealand’s marine environment. Each speaker gave a 10-minute presentation, which was followed by a wide-ranging...
One Ocean discussion evening: James Palmer

One Ocean discussion evening: James Palmer

On 27 May the Institute held a structured discussion evening to explore the future of ocean management in New Zealand. Over 60 attendees with a broad range of expertise heard our three speakers share their ideas and aspirations for New Zealand’s marine environment. Each speaker gave a 10-minute presentation, which was followed by a wide-ranging...
Grace White returns to university

Grace White returns to university

Grace White, who has worked at the Institute since early 2011, is leaving to pursue further studies in information management with a focus on librarianship. Grace has always had an interest in books, and her experience at the Institute managing the James Duncan Library inspired her with the desire to build her skills in this...
Shaping our science System – A SCANZ panel event.

Shaping our science System – A SCANZ panel event.

“Does investment in science influence society? Can we really expect it to meet New Zealand’s economic, social, environmental and cultural needs? Is it the level of investment or the areas in which the investment is made?” These are the questions which open the Science Communicators Association of New Zealand (SCANZ) event ‘Shaping our science system’...
Wil McLellan receives Eisenhower Fellowship

Wil McLellan receives Eisenhower Fellowship

Congratulations to Wil McLellan for receiving the Eisenhower Fellowship by US Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Marie Damour at the US Embassy’s Independence Day reception held in Christchurch on 9 July. Wil is the Director of the EPIC Innovation Centre in Christchurch. EPIC is a project aimed at creating an innovation hub in Christchurch to encourage the...
TalentNZ Menu of Initiatives launch: Janice Feutz – Using the talents we have

TalentNZ Menu of Initiatives launch: Janice Feutz – Using the talents we have

On 11 June 2014 the TalentNZ Menu of Initiatives publication and website were launched at a public event in Wellington. Over 100 people (including MPs, mayors and councillors) attended this event. Speakers included Sam Morgan (who launched the Menu), and the contributors to the 2013 TalentNZ Journal who each spoke for five minutes about one of the Menu’s 28 initiatives. Janice Feutz, whose...
TalentNZ Menu of Initiatives launch: Graeme Wong – Building a curriculum fit for the future

TalentNZ Menu of Initiatives launch: Graeme Wong – Building a curriculum fit for the future

On 11 June 2014 the TalentNZ Menu of Initiatives publication and website were launched at a public event in Wellington. Over 100 people (including MPs, mayors and councillors) attended this event. Speakers included Sam Morgan (who launched the Menu), and the contributors to the 2013 TalentNZ Journal who each spoke for five minutes about one of the Menu’s 28 initiatives. Graeme Wong, whose...
TalentNZ Menu of Initiatives launch: Andrew Coy – Showcasing soft infrastructure

TalentNZ Menu of Initiatives launch: Andrew Coy – Showcasing soft infrastructure

On 11 June 2014 the TalentNZ Menu of Initiatives publication and website were launched at a public event in Wellington. Over 100 people (including MPs, mayors and councillors) attended this event. Speakers included Sam Morgan (who launched the Menu), and the contributors to the 2013 TalentNZ Journal who each spoke for five minutes about one of the Menu’s 28 initiatives. Andrew Coy, whose...
Applications are now open for LocalNZ

Applications are now open for LocalNZ

If you are between the ages of 18 and 25 and are committed to local government, think about joining us for four days of thought-provoking discussion and debate. LocalNZ: Connecting youth committed to local government is a four-day workshop that will begin on the afternoon of Sunday 16 November and conclude on the evening of...
US ocean expert Dr Todd Capson visits the Institute

US ocean expert Dr Todd Capson visits the Institute

Earlier this week the Institute was pleased to host a meeting with Dr Todd Capson, a respected American marine scientist working as a Science and Policy Advisor with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. Also present were representatives from the Pew Charitable Trusts, WWF New Zealand and the Ministry for the Environment, as well as staff from...
A rescue package for the high seas

A rescue package for the high seas

In the wake of the Our Ocean conference convened by the US State Department in Washington in mid-June we are seeing some exciting and very welcome momentum towards international commitments to action on the oceans. Last week the Global Ocean Commission published a ‘rescue package’ containing a series of eight proposals to slow ocean decline and...