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.

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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.

Assalaamu Alaikum










Assalaamu Alaikum – Our thoughts are with those affected by the terrorist attacks in Christchurch on Friday, 15 March 2019. In particular we want to express our love and support for the Muslim community of New Zealand.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you believe there is some way the Institute could help.

Aroha nui and kia kaha New Zealand.
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Latest Publications

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]

Methodology: Project 2058 Methodology: Version 5 

Working Paper: Working Paper 2018/04 – Legislation Shaping the Reporting Framework: A compilation

Working Paper: Working Paper 2018/03 – Analysis of Climate Change Reporting in the Public and Private Sectors

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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.

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