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.


Latest from the Institute 

Discussion Paper 2019/01 – The Climate Reporting Emergency: A New Zealand case study

It is with much pleasure that we announce the discussion paper is now final! The final discussion paper can be found here. We could not have undertaken this research without the help of many people; in many ways it was our first crowd-sourced research publication. Thank you!

Climate change reporting is a new and emerging area of study and this paper looks at how we might use the existing complex reporting system to support climate change reporting. What we found is that it is not a good fit within the existing system and that the traditional bodies have indicated they are not likely to produce a climate reporting standard at present. The paper then sets four goals and how these goals might be achieved.

We also found that New Zealand’s reporting and filing infrastructure is behind international best practice and that we have work to do. We are now in the process of meeting with Ministers, MPs and other parties to share our findings and discuss the way forward. We are also hosting, with Simpson Grierson and CDSB (London), two one-day workshops in Auckland and Wellington. If you would like to register for the workshops, see the link here or email us if you would like a hard copy of the discussion paper or would like to meet to discuss the next steps.

Workshop Booklet 

KiMuaNZ: Exploring climate futures workshop

From Sunday, 1 July 2019 to Thursday, 3 July 2019 the Institute hosted a four-day KiMuaNZ: Exploring climate futures workshop. The workshop aimed to highlight the perspectives of young New Zealanders on adapting to and mitigating climate change, and focused on exploring different future scenarios and strategies for New Zealand and our Pacific neighbours within a climate changing world. See the workshop booklet here.

This workshop forms part of our ClimateChangeNZ Project, please see our project website here.


TCFD Workshops

TCFD Workshops: Practical steps for implementation
Navigating Climate-related Financial Disclosures

The 2017 G20 Financial Stability Board’s Recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) has emerged as ‘the international reporting framework’ shaping climate-related financial disclosures. Join London-based Michael Zimonyi (Policy & External Affairs Director, Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB)) and other speakers to learn more about TCFD, what they are and how to implement them. Speakers include:

Hon James Shaw, Minister of Climate Change (Wgtn only)
Michael Zimonyi, CDSB (Ak and Wgtn)
Mark Baker-Jones,
Special Counsel, Simpson Grierson, (Ak and Wgtn)
Michele Embling,
Chair, External Reporting Board (XRB) and Chair, PwC (Ak only)
Kirk Hope,
Chief Executive BusinessNZ (Ak only)
Kimberley Crook,
Chair, NZASB (XRB) (Wgtn only)
Christina Hood, RBNZ (Wgtn only)
Ann Smith, CEO, Enviro-Mark Solutions (Wgtn only)
Ian Edwards, Climate Change Adaptation Consultant, Queensland (By Skype) (Ak and Wgtn)
Dr David Rubens, CEO, Deltar Training Solutions Ltd and Executive Director of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management, London (By Skype) (Ak and Wgtn)

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 
8.30 am – 3.00 pm
Simpson Grierson, Level 28,
88 Shortland Street, Auckland 1141

Thursday, 17 October 2019
8.30 am – 3.00 pm
Simpson Grierson, Level 24, HSBC Tower,
195 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011

Learn more and register here.

Foresight panel 

Revisiting Tomorrow: Navigating with Foresight
Lessons from the Commission for the Future and the New Zealand Planning Council

Join us for a panel discussion between Rt Hon Jim Bolger and former members of the Commission for the Future and the New Zealand Planning Council, followed by reflections from several future thinkers on how we might embed foresight into public policy in 2020 and beyond. Speakers include:

Rt Hon Jim Bolger, Former Prime Minister 1990–1997
Dame Silvia Cartwright, Commissioner, Commission for the Future 1977-1981
Peter Rankin, Chief Executive, New Zealand Planning Council 1982–1990
Tāmati Kruger, Chief Negotiator, Tuhoe’s 2013 Treaty Settlement
Amy Fletcher, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Canterbury
Wendy McGuinness, Chief Executive, McGuinness Institute

Wednesday, 30 October 2019
5.30 – 7.30 pm (arrive by 5.15 pm)
National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington (Aitken St entrance)

Learn more and register here.

Latest Publications

Discussion Paper: 2019/01 – The Climate Reporting Emergency : A New Zealand case study  

Workshop booklet: KiMuaNZ: Exploring climate futures

Think Piece: Think Piece 32 – Exploring Ways to Embed Climate Reporting in the Existing Framework

Submission: Submission to New Zealand Productivity Commission on local government funding and financing

Report: Report 17 – ReportingNZ: Building a Reporting Framework Fit for Purpose [DRAFT Version 3]

Submission: Submission to Marlborough District Council on NZKS’s application for more water space

GDS Index and Handbook: 2018 GDS Index update (Working Papers 2019/01–2019/04) and the GDS Handbook

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

GDS Index

In May 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.


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