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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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...
Political Cuts

Political Cuts

In the run up to the election this Saturday, 20 September, a pop-up political hair salon opened next to the i-SITE in Wellington Central for the first week of September. The salon was called ‘Political Cuts’ and gave passers-by the chance of a free haircut and space to discuss New Zealand politics and the upcoming...
Towards a Strategy of Freedom

Towards a Strategy of Freedom

On 1 September I was fortunate to be invited to speak at the Wellington Friends of the Future launch, organised by youth-led group Generation Zero.  Generation Zero recognise that carbon pollution is the challenge of their generation and are working hard today to create a carbon-zero economy tomorrow. This idea led me to think back to previous global...
A Youth Council for Antarctica

A Youth Council for Antarctica

As a Southern Hemisphere nation with a long history of Antarctic exploration and research, New Zealand has a responsibility to promote the sustainable long-term management of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Unfortunately, knowledge and awareness of this region among policy makers and the general public in New Zealand is low. We place great emphasis on the...
“The Great Climate Voter Debate” Live streaming tonight 7pm

“The Great Climate Voter Debate” Live streaming tonight 7pm

Tonight will see TV3’s Samantha Hayes host the ‘The Great Climate Voter Debate’ between politicians from the National, Labour, Green, New Zealand First and Internet Mana parties. The debate has been organised by a collaboration of New Zealand NGOs: Forest&Bird, Generation Zero, 350 Aotearoa, Greenpeace, Oxfam New Zealand and WWF as part of the Climate...
Ask Away

Ask Away

Informed voters are key to democracy. With the election mere weeks away, many voters want to know how different parties would handle important issues if given their vote. However, relying solely on party statements and political debates can leave questions unanswered and policies unclear. A clever innovation released as part of Massey University’s Design and Democracy Project has made...
Government Economics Network (GEN) Conference 2014

Government Economics Network (GEN) Conference 2014

On 5 November, Te Papa is hosting the Government Economics Network (GEN) Annual Conference for 2014. The conference will look at a range of policy areas and review how modern economic analysis methods could be used in these areas. Kim Hill from RadioNZ is due to facilitate, including chairing a panel/Q&A discussion for each session....
Local Government New Zealand Major Issues Seminar: Regional Economic Development.

Local Government New Zealand Major Issues Seminar: Regional Economic Development.

Last week I attended a Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) seminar on Regional Economic Development. LGNZ had invited some prominent speakers including Shamubeel Eaqub,  principal economist at the New Zealand Institute of Economic Development and author of the recently published book Growing Apart: Regional Prosperity in New Zealand. The other speakers, both MPs with portfolios...
On the Fence - voter engagement

On the Fence – voter engagement

This is the first in series of blogs looking at voter engagement in the run up to the 2014 National Election next month. Our first focus is the online voter questionnaire On the Fence, launched at Massey University, Wellington on Friday, 8 August. Since then it has been popping up all over social media, particularly...
One Hundred Years On From World War One

One Hundred Years On From World War One

The quiet waterfront scene of the capital was momentarily disrupted on Monday, 4 August by the sound of gunfire, to mark one hundred years since New Zealand entered the First World War. Members of the Institute team gathered on the wharf alongside a crowd vying for a view of the 100-gun salute. Yesterday morning’s salute...