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 Research

The 2017 Extended External Reporting SurveysWorking Paper 2018/01: NZSX-listed company tables and other supporting publications are now available. For more information, visit the ReportingNZ website.

The 2017 Extended External Reporting Surveys (in collaboration with the External Reporting Board [XRB]) aim to contribute to the global conversation on how to improve the quality of Extended External Reporting (EER) by looking at the challenges and opportunities that exist in New Zealand. The accompanying reports were prepared with the objective to find insights in the surveys and communicate findings. View here.

Working Paper 2018/01:NZSX-listed company tables (in collaboration with BDO) aims to explore the current EER practices and provide context to the Users’ Survey and Preparers’ Survey. View here.

Work Programme

See the Institute’s work programme for 2018 here.

Latest Publications

Proposal: Proposal to MSD’s The Generator

Working Paper: Supporting Paper 2018/01 – Methodology for Working Paper 2018/01

Working Paper: Working Paper 2018/01 – NZSX-listed company tables

Press Release: New Zealand Reporting gap found in new research (13 March 2018)

Survey: Survey Highlights: A summary of the 2017 Extended External Reporting Surveys

Survey: Survey Insights: An analysis of the 2017 Extended External Reporting Surveys

Survey: Preparers’ Survey: Attitudes of the CFOs of significant companies towards Extended External Reporting

Think Piece 28

Think Piece 28 – Biological Corridors Throughout the Length of New Zealand discusses an idea to link New Zealand’s conservation land with biological corridors, based on an initiative undertaken by the small nation of Bhutan. The think piece also discusses the fate of Molesworth Station, recommending that it be made New Zealand’s 14th national park. Read the think piece here.

Think Piece 27

Think Piece 27 – The Family So’otaga: connection between home and school discusses a unique initiative, The Family So’otaga, that has been introduced at Holy Family School in Cannons Creek, Porirua. The initiative is funded by the McGuinness Institute Foundation Trust. Read the think piece here.

Latest Blog Post

Our new blog post Reaching New Frontiers in Trentham outlines the experiences of Nicholas Shackleton and Isabella Smith (research analysts at the Institute) when they attended day two of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship’s New Frontiers event earlier this week. Co-founded by Yoseph Ayele back in 2015, New Frontiers is a global summit that takes place in New Zealand twice a year. Read the blog post here

Nation Dates

‘History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme’  is a quote often attributed to Mark Twain, and best fits our intentions for the launch of our third edition of Nation Dates. The third edition contains 655 significant events that have shaped the nation of New Zealand. Copies of Nation Dates are available on our online store or at your local bookshop for $35.


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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