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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‘Queenstown is perceived to be the ritzy money place, but underneath that veneer, it is not like that at all’ – local perspective on poverty at Queenstown workshop

‘Queenstown is perceived to be the ritzy money place, but underneath that veneer, it is not like that at all’ – local perspective on poverty at Queenstown workshop

Hine Marchand, Community Ministries Worker for the Salvation Army, and Nicky Mason of Happiness House, shared their local perspectives on poverty in Queenstown at the one-day TacklingPovertyNZ workshop on 29 March 2016. You can watch the video of their presentation on the McGuinness Institute’s YouTube channel, or you can view the video below. Hine and...
'The status quo is not an option' - Felix Drissner-Devine

‘The status quo is not an option’ – Felix Drissner-Devine

Felix Drissner-Devine attended a discussion about child poverty in New Zealand with Dr Russell Wills, Children’s Commissioner. The round table discussion was an initiative of the Productivity Commission and was held on Tuesday, 17 May 2016. Felix talks about his experience – read below! 15 floors above the affluence of Lambton Quay, I heard the...
Cīvitās: Aligning technological and sociological transformation is published in Policy Quarterly

Cīvitās: Aligning technological and sociological transformation is published in Policy Quarterly

Sally Hett and Wendy McGuinness contributed an article titled Cīvitās: Aligning technological and sociological transformation to the May 2016 issue of Policy Quarterly. The article is dedicated to the late Dr Ranginui Walker, a member of the Constitutional Advisory Panel (CAP) who encouraged constitutional discussion in New Zealand. This article is one of three written on The Civics...
'Communities are where the solutions are’ – Dr Girol Karacaoglu on poverty at Queenstown workshop

‘Communities are where the solutions are’ – Dr Girol Karacaoglu on poverty at Queenstown workshop

‘In good things and bad, New Zealand has followed the world with a ten to 15 year lag.’ Dr Girol Karacaoglu, Chief Economist at the New Zealand Treasury, shares the Treasury’s policy framework around poverty at the TacklingPovertyNZ one-day workshop in Queenstown on 29 March 2016. You can watch the video of his presentation on...
Think Piece 25: The changing purpose of tertiary education is now published

Think Piece 25: The changing purpose of tertiary education is now published

The McGuinness Institute’s latest Think Piece 25: The changing purpose of tertiary education is now published! Think Piece 25 forms part of the Institute’s submission on the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into ‘new models of tertiary education‘. This inquiry presented an opportunity for the Institute to set out ideas we have gathered as to how New Zealand might...
Submission season – five submissions in two months

Submission season – five submissions in two months

As well as all our projects bubbling away, the Institute has been busy preparing submissions on an array of issues relating to our work programme. Since mid-March 2016, we have prepared five submissions: a tertiary education inquiry by the Productivity Commission; an ETS review by Ministry for the Environment (MfE);  a Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill...
ForesightNZ Workshop - Day 3

ForesightNZ Workshop – Day 3

On the morning of day three of the ForesightNZ workshop, participants headed to the Treasury to present their findings from the workshop to Treasury officials. Participants had worked late into the night on Thursday, refining their ideas about the set of ForesightNZ playing cards and game instructions. The group presented their conclusions to Treasury officials Gabriel Makhlouf, Secretary and...
Strengthening strategy stewardship one-day workshop 14 July: Registrations now open

Strengthening strategy stewardship one-day workshop 14 July: Registrations now open

The Institute’s StrategyNZ project looks at how New Zealand can improve long-term strategic thinking and strategy stewardship in central government. On July 14 we are hosting a one-day workshop which will explore how New Zealand can better prepare and publish government department strategy documents (GDSs). More detail on the workshop can be found below, followed...
Sharing the baby box with the Wellington community

Sharing the baby box with the Wellington community

As part of the TacklingPovertyNZ initiative, we met with officials from the New Zealand Treasury and DCM Wellington this morning as the Treasury gifted DCM a baby box from the Baby Box Co. DCM (formerly known as Inner City Ministry and then Downtown Community Ministry) was founded by a group of Wellington churches in 1969...
ForesightNZ Workshop - Day 2

ForesightNZ Workshop – Day 2

Day two of the ForesightNZ workshop began with participants regrouping and reflecting on the previous evening’s session with the Hon. Bill English, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for Housing New Zealand Corporation, and Colin James, political journalist. Participant Solomon Esera shared a powerful poem about his experiences of the workshop so far: Reality This is too...
Study abroad student reflects on life at sea and her time at the Institute

Study abroad student reflects on life at sea and her time at the Institute

We were lucky enough to have Hoai-Nam Bui, a 3rd year student at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota studying geology and biology join us at the Institute for a week. We first met at the Sea Semester event in March 2016. Below is Hoai-Nam’s reflections on her travels round New Zealand. This past week, I have...
TacklingPovertyNZ newsletter issue 1 out now!

TacklingPovertyNZ newsletter issue 1 out now!

We are pleased to announce that the first TacklingPovertyNZ newsletter is now available to view on our website. In response to the interest we have received around the TacklingPovertyNZ national tour, we have decided to create this TacklingPovertyNZ newsletter. The newsletter will be produced every two months for the remainder of 2016, and will share what we and others are doing to...