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.

Happy Holidays

The McGuinness Institute office is now open.

We hope you and your whānau had a safe and relaxing holiday season, and a happy new year.

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. Our work programme for the upcoming year will be explained in late January 2018.

Latest Publications

Submission: Submission on NZX Listing Rule Review

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

Third edition of Nation Dates is now available

‘History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme’  is a quote often attributed to Mark Twain, and best fits our intentions for thelaunch of our third edition of Nation Dates. The event was held on Thursday, 2 November 2017 at Unity Books in Wellington, with Dame Claudia Orange, a patron of the Institute, officially launching the book.

The third edition contains 655 significant events presented in a timeline. There are over 1000 references in the book, a complete online list can be found on the Nation Dates website. The book is not a complete history of New Zealand, but it contains significant events that we consider to have shaped the nation of New Zealand. The fourth edition is already in the pipeline and we look forward to hearing any and all suggestions for dates we may have missed. Suggestions for the fourth edition can be made here.

The book is a great addition to any shelf or coffee table and is an excellent resource for finding dates of events that have occurred in our history. Copies of Nation Dates are available on our online store  or at your local bookshop for $35.

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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