A non-partisan think tank working towards a sustainable future for New Zealand.

The Institute applies hindsight, insight and foresight to explore major challenges and opportunities facing New Zealand over the long term.

Recent Event

The McGuinness Institute launched the 3rd edition of our pocket-sized New Zealand history book on Thursday, 2 November 2017. The book launch was held at Unity Books, 57 Willis St, Wellington. See the Nation Dates website for more information.

Recent Workshop

The WakaNZ: Navigating with foresight workshop has now concluded. Learn more about the workshop and its outputs here

Work Programme

See here for the Institute’s 2017 work programme.

Latest Publications

Letters to Members of Parliament: Update from the McGuinness Institute work programme

Newsletter: McGuinness Institute Annual Newsletter – Issue 18

Think Piece: Think piece 26 – Doing Something About Poverty in New Zealand

Submission: Potential relocation of salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds

Working Paper 2017/02: Letter to the Minister on New Zealand King Salmon

TacklingPovertyNZ workshop outputs

The 2016 TacklingPovertyNZ regional tour would not have been possible without the ongoing support of the New Zealand Treasury and the Councils concerned – Queenstown Lakes District Council, Manawatu District Council, Rotorua Lakes Council, Gisborne District Council and Far North District Council.

To date we have published a discussion paper on each of the five areas visited (see here), a working paper that outlines the methodology, results and observations from the tour (see here) and a demarcation zones proposal that was sent to the Right Honourable Bill English on 21 December 2016 for his consideration (see here).

Think Piece 26

Think Piece 26 – Doing Something About Poverty in New Zealand discusses what can be done, with seven proposals to address poverty in New Zealand identified from the 240 ideas that emerged from the TacklingPovertyNZ workshops. Click here to read.


The Institute publishes three newsletters. The overarching newsletter showcases the work of the Institute and is produced annually – it outlines what has happened and what we hope to achieve over the next year. The other two newsletters are research project based, and are published every four months to show and illustrate the narrative and actions happening broadly in New Zealand – see the TalentNZ and TacklingPovertyNZ projects for more information.

McGuinness Institute Newsletter

The annual McGuinness Institute newsletter focuses solely on the work programme. It shares our journey since the last newsletter and our plans going forward.

TalentNZ Newsletter

The latest issue focuses on the new ForesightNZ playing cards, gives an update on Wendy’s speaking engagements, showcases a summer reading list and puts current initiatives to grow and attract talent under the spotlight.

TacklingPovertyNZ Newsletter

The four-monthly TacklingPovertyNZ newsletter focuses on the progress of the TacklingPovertyNZ tour and shares what the Institute and others are doing to bring about positive change in New Zealand communities.

Policy Projects

As a result of our observation that foresight drives strategy, strategy requires reporting, and reporting shapes foresight, we have developed three interlinking policy projects: ForesightNZ, StrategyNZ and ReportingNZ.

Research Projects

These diverse topics represent areas where New Zealand has the potential to bring about meaningful change. How New Zealand responds to these issues will shape our public policy landscape for generations to come.


The Institute facilitates workshops on public policy issues that are strategic, complex, and long-term in nature. Learn more.

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