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The Institute applies hindsight, insight and foresight to explore major challenges and opportunities facing New Zealand over the long term.

TacklingPovertyNZ workshop outputs are now published

The 2016 TacklingPovertyNZ regional tour would not have been possible without the ongoing support of the New Zealand Treasury and the Councils concerned – Queenstown Lakes District Council, Manawatu District Council, Rotorua Lakes Council, Gisborne District Council and Far North District Council.

To date we have published a discussion paper on each of the five areas visited (see here), a working paper that outlines the methodology, results and observations from the tour (see here) and a demarcation zones proposal that was sent to the Right Honourable Bill English on 21 December 2016 for his consideration (see here).

FAQs about the Demarcation Zones for Public Policy Innovation proposal have now been published. View them here.

Work Programme

The Institute’s 2017 work programme has been released, see here.

ForesightNZ Playing Cards

ForesightNZ playing cards

Over three days in April 2016, 36 participants worked hard to create a robust foresight tool in the form of a card game. The playing cards and accompanying workshop booklet are now published here.

Latest Publications

Newsletter: TacklingPovertyNZ newsletter, Issue 4. Exploring ways to tackle poverty in New Zealand.

FAQ about the Demarcation Zones for Public Policy Innovation proposal

Working Paper 2017/01: TacklingPovertyNZ 2016 Tour: Methodology, results and observations

Demarcation zones proposal: Proposal to the Rt Hon Bill English Prime Minister of New Zealand on Demarcation zones for public policy innovation

Discussion Papers 2016/01 to 2016/05: A series of discussion papers on how to tackle poverty in Queenstown, Manawatu, Rotorua, Gisborne and the Far North 

SubmissionSubmission on the NZX Corporate Governance Best Practice Code

Infographics: Decile 1 and 2 schools by region

Infographics: Lines within New Zealand

Workshop publications: ForesightNZ 2016 Workshop Booklet and Playing Cards

Annual report: Annual Integrated Report 2015–2016, McGuinness Institute


The Institute publishes three newsletters. The overarching newsletter showcases the work of the Institute and is produced twice a year – it outlines what has happened and what we hope to achieve over the next six months. The other two newsletters are research project based, and are published every few 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 twice-yearly McGuinness Institute newsletter focuses solely on the work programme. The first newsletter of the year sets out the plan for the 12 months, while the second newsletter provides an update.

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 two-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.


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