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. Note: We are currently transitioning to our new website.

TacklingPovertyNZ Update

The McGuinness Institute would like to acknowledge the guidance and support of Dr Girol Karacaoglu throughout the TacklingPovertyNZ project. At the Kaitaia workshop, economics students from Kaitaia College engaged in a Q & A session with Dr Girol Karacaoglu. We wish Girol all the best as he begins his new role as the head of the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington.


Work Programme

Think Piece

Think Piece 25: The changing purpose of tertiary education (May 2016)

Latest Publications

Newsletter: TalentNZ newsletter, Issue 17. Creating a place where talent wants to live.

Infographics: Extended Reporting Card

Newsletter: McGuinness Institute Newsletter, Issue 17. See what the Institute has been doing over the last six months and what’s in store for the rest of the year.

Infographics: Lines within New Zealand

Working Paper 2016/02: New Zealand King Salmon: A financial perspective

Working Paper 2016/01: History of strategy stewardship in the New Zealand public service 1980-2016

Discussion Paper 2016/01: A Queenstown Lakes District perspective on tackling poverty



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.


The Institute facilitates workshops on public policy issues that are strategic, complex, and long-term in nature. Learn more.

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