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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New Zealand's Space Programme Should Be an Ocean Programme

New Zealand’s Space Programme Should Be an Ocean Programme

Sitting in the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA) Arctic and Antarctic symposium today, I was taken by Stuart Prior’s idea of what  New Zealand’s space programme should be. What practical measures can New Zealand take to add to the global public good? I think New Zealand has a lot more to offer with an ocean programme...
Launch of the Government Department Strategies Index 2015 Is This Wednesday

Launch of the Government Department Strategies Index 2015 Is This Wednesday

This Wednesday we are launching our first ever Index, comparing 136 government departments strategies against each other, across departments and across sectors. If you would like to attend the launch, join us midday at the Institute. Please RSVP to 25february@mcguinnessinstitute.org No government institution regularly reviews the content of government department strategies (GDSs). There is no...
Work Programme for 2015

Work Programme for 2015

The team have been back at work for the last two weeks, and we have been working hard on our plans for this year. The image below sets out briefly what 2015 looks like for the Institute. You will notice there are a few upcoming events – one later this month (the StrategyNZ project) and one at...
The Final Version of the StrategyNZ Scorecard Is Released for Comment

The Final Version of the StrategyNZ Scorecard Is Released for Comment

The final version of the scorecard is largely a product of a discussion the Institute held on government department strategies (GDSs) on 1 October 2014. These ideas were further explored in December 2014. We would like to especially thank Stephen Cummings, Professor of Strategic Management, Victoria University; Patrick Nolan, Productivity Commission; James Palmer, Deputy Secretary...
Food Matters Aotearoa Conference

Food Matters Aotearoa Conference

Top scientists will examine the challenges of modern farming and propose sustainable solutions in order to produce safe, accessible and nutritious food. The Food Matters Aotearoa conference and tour is coming soon! The tour will run from 9–20 February, with the conference being held in Wellington from 14–15 February. Wellington will host a long list...
McGuinness Institute Newsletter Issue 14 Out Now!

McGuinness Institute Newsletter Issue 14 Out Now!

This year we have decided to publish an in-depth newsletter at the beginning of the year and provide a brief newsletter in July. This newsletter gives updates on our work since our May 2014 newsletter and sets out the work programme for 2015. We are excited about the year ahead, with many interesting projects and events planned...
Prime Minister’s 2015 Summer Reading List

Prime Minister’s 2015 Summer Reading List

Welcome to our annual recommended summer reading list for the Prime Minister of New Zealand. Our starting point is what insights the Prime Minister might need in 2015. Before moving to the books, it is worth reflecting on the year of 2014, and in particular, spending a moment to answer the question – what were...
A Youth Statement on Regional Goals Available Online

A Youth Statement on Regional Goals Available Online

The LocalNZ booklet A Youth Statement on Regional Goals, is now published and available on the LocalNZ website. 35 young New Zealanders came together for a four-day workshop in November 2014. During the workshop, the participants explored the question: How do regional goals align with national goals, and how might these goals need to change in order to aid regional growth? The booklet reflects...
What Comes First: Innovation or Entrepreneurship?

What Comes First: Innovation or Entrepreneurship?

This Thursday, Bizdojo and Victoria University of Wellington are hosting two teams of distinguished entrepreneurs and academics debating the pros and cons of innovation and entrepreneurship on New Zealand’s economy. The event is certain to be fascinating, and will also give attendees a chance to see Bizdojo’s new collaborative, creative and innovation-friendly premises. If this...
Watch the Final Presentation of LocalNZ

Watch the Final Presentation of LocalNZ

The LocalNZ participant’s final presentation video is now on YouTube! LocalNZ connected 35 New Zealanders between the ages of 18 and 25, providing a collaborative space for them to identify existing and emerging opportunities and challenges. This initiative formed part of the McGuinness Institute’s TalentNZ project – creating an informed, focused and networked group of...
LocalNZ Participants in the Spotlight

LocalNZ Participants in the Spotlight

With only a week having passed since the close of LocalNZ, participants Hannah and Nyssa Payne-Harker and Oska Rego have wasted no time in continuing their engagement with local government at the Dunedin City Council. Their work caught the attention of local media, with Dunedin Television doing a feature on the trio – see here. For...
LocalNZ – Day Four

LocalNZ – Day Four

On Wednesday, 19 November the participants returned to Treasury for the final day of LocalNZ. With over 200 guests soon to be at Parliament, the group were under pressure to finalise their presentations – each person needing to turn three days of experiences into a product that highlighted their most important findings. Once this was...