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.


Upcoming Event


A point of vanishing stability: Exploring a climate strategy for New Zealand (5.30 – 7.30pm, 30 May 2019)
Join us at the National Library for a panel discussion that explores a climate change strategy for New Zealand. Eight speakers from diverse backgrounds will discuss climate change risks and opportunities, as well as answering live feed questions from the audience. Our intention is to see what a national climate strategy might look like. Speakers include: Chlöe Swarbrick MP, Adrian Orr, Conal Smith, Dr Anita Wreford, Roger Dennis, Dame Dr Claudia Orange, Dr Carwyn Jones and Aaron Maniam.

All are welcome at this public event. Register here.

Upcoming Workshop

KiMuaNZ: Exploring climate futures (1–3 July 2019)
This workshop aims to highlight the unique perspectives of young people connected to the Pacific. It will focus on exploring different future scenarios and strategies for New Zealand and our Pacific neighbours within a climate changing world. Learn more here.

Applications now open
If you are between 18 and 25 and identify with or have a connection to the Pacific, fill out the application survey here. Applications close on the 24 May 2019. 

Latest Publications

GDS Index and Handbook: 2018 GDS Index update and the GDS Handbook 

Working Paper: 2019/01 – Methodology for the Government Department Strategies Index New Zealand

Working Paper: 2019/02 – Lists of Government Department Strategies Between 1 July 1994 and 31 December 2018

Working Paper: 2019/03 – Collating and Ranking Government Department Strategies in Operation as at 31 December 2018

Submission: Submission on Aotearoa New Zealand Government Tourism Strategy

Journal: Āpōpō Journal: Navigating the future with foresight

Think Piece: Think Piece 31 – Navigating the Future With Foresight 

Think Piece: Think Piece 30 – Package of Climate Change Reporting Recommendations

Report: Report 17 – Building a Reporting Framework Fit for Purpose [DRAFT Version 2]

Recent Project 2058 Report 

Report 17 – Building a Reporting Framework fit for Purpose [Draft Version 2]

The Institute has almost completed a major piece of work on New Zealand’s reporting framework – the country’s information infrastructure. We hope this report will add to a conversation on how to make the function and purpose of the framework better suited to New Zealand’s current and future information needs, while at the same time keeping compliance costs low.

Thank you to all those who provided comment on the draft report. We have identified the most important issues raised in the feedback and have updated the report in red font. See draft report Version 2 here. We are now processing the other points raised in the feedback, with a view to publishing the final report at the end of the year. If you have any further comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please note that supporting New Zealand legislation is collated and published in Working Paper 2018/04 – Legislation Shaping the Reporting Framework: A compilation, which can be found here. This is a follow-on from our work on the 2017 ReportingNZ SurveysWorking Paper 2018/01 – NZSX-listed Company Tables and other supporting publications, which are now available. For more information, visit the ReportingNZ website.

Recent Research: GDS Index

On 2 May 2019 the Institute launched the 2018 GDS Index Update and the GDS Handbook (May 2019) and announced the top-scoring GDS to guests: A Biosecurity Science Strategy for New Zealand (MPI, 2007). Learn more about the GDS Index here.


The annual McGuinness Institute newsletter focuses solely on the work programme. It shares our journey since the last newsletter and what we hope to achieve over the next year.

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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