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Reports and Background Reports


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Reports and Background Papers

March 2015

Project: One Ocean

Report 10  One Ocean: Principles for the stewardship of a healthy and productive ocean (PDF, 2.8MB)
Addendum 
– amendments made to the report at 17 July 2015 (PDF, 121KB)

New Zealand has one of the largest exclusive economic zones in the world. This report discusses the role of oceans in New Zealand’s culture, economy and natural environment as well as the need for change in oceans governance. It contains 30 unique perspectives and proposes a principle-based approach.

February 2015

Project: StrategyNZ

The Government Department Strategies Index 2015

This Index comprises five publications:
The GDS Index 2015  Methodology (PDF, 491KB)
The GDS Index 2015  Profiles (PDF, 5.0MB)
The GDS Index 2015  Tables (PDF, 3.10MB)
The GDS Index 2015  Observations (PDF, 318KB)
The GDS Index 2015  PowerPoint presentation

August 2013

Project: Genetic Modification

Report 16  An Overview of Genetic Modification in 
New Zealand 1973-2013: The first forty years

Report 16  Executive Summary (PDF, 1MB)
Report 16  Full Report (PDF, 1.5MB)
Report 16  Appendices (PDF, 1MB)
Update 9 September 2013: Feedback

This report describes New Zealand’s approach to managing the risks of genetic modification 40 years on from its invention. It documents how government, Crown research institutes, industry and society responded to this new policy issue and makes recommendations as to the way forward.

February 2012

Project: Civics

Report 14  EmpowerNZ: Drafting a constitution for the 21st century (PDF, 4.9MB)

This report documents the inputs, processes and outputs of the EmpowerNZ workshop held in August 2012. The workshop created a space for 50 young New Zealanders to explore the nation’s future constitution. They produced a draft constitution, and you can see the resulting workshop booklet on the here.

February 2012

Project: Public Science

Report 9  Science Embraced: Government-funded science under the microscope (PDF, 4.7MB) 

The ways in which countries invest in public-good science matter. This report assesses the effectiveness of the existing government-funded science system and identifies 30 policy knots. It then suggests how the system might be improved to achieve better long-term outcomes for the public good.

February 2012

Project: StrategyNZ

Project 2058: Methodology and review of work – Version 4 (PDF, 1.3MB)

February 2012

Project: Public Science

Report 9 – Executive Summary: Science Embraced: Government-funded science under the microscope (PDF, 371KB) 

October 2011

Project: Public Science

Report 9b – A History of Government-funded Science 2009–2011 (PDF, 492KB)

June 2011

Project: Foresight and Scenarios

Report 13 – StrategyNZ: Mapping Our Future Strategy Maps: From Te Papa to the Legislative Council Chamber (PDF, 6.9MB)

This report explains the inputs, processes and outputs of the StrategyNZ workshop held in March 2011. The aim was to encourage a conversation about our long-term future. Consensus emerged that New Zealand should work to ‘create a place where talent wants to live’. Also see Report 12 and the resulting workshop booklet here.

March 2011

Project: Foresight and Scenarios

Report 12 – StrategyNZ: Mapping our Future Workbook: Exploring visions, foresight, strategies and their execution (PDF, 7.2MB)

2011 was a significant year for the Institute, as it marked our first major public-engagement initiative: the StrategyNZ workshop.

March 2011

Project: Foresight and Scenarios

Report 11 – A History of Future-thinking Initiatives in New Zealand 1936–2010: Learning from the past to build a better future (PDF, 5.45MB)

New Zealanders have always understood the need for long-term thinking. This report describes 18 future-thinking initiatives since 1936, many of which were undertaken by groups in civil society. Given such a background, this report puts forward a number of lessons.

January 2011

Project: One Integrated Report

Integrated Annual Report Survey of New Zealand's Top 200 Companies: Exploring Responses from Chief Financial Officers on Emerging Reporting Issues (PDF, 430KB)

October  2010

Project: Shared Goals of Maori

Report 7 – Exploring the Shared Goals of Maori: Working towards a National Sustainable Development Strategy (PDF, 1.5MB) 

New Zealand has a unique responsibility to preserve and protect Māori culture and to make space for Māori to progress their culture in their own way. This report seeks to improve our understanding of the shared goals of Māori and the opportunities and challenges for sustainable development.

July 2010

Project: Shared Goals of Maori

Report 8 –  Effective Maori Representation in Parliament: Working towards a National Sustainable Development Strategy (PDF, 1.7MB)

Building on Report 7, this report explores whether the existing system of separate parliamentary representation for Māori is optimal (e.g. the Māori roll), and if not, what mechanisms could be implemented to improve the quality of representation in the future. It then proposes an alternative system.

May 2010

Project: StrategyNZ

Report 10b – Designing a Framework to Monitor New Zealand's Resources (PDF, 892KB)

December 2009

Project: Public Science

Background Report 9a –  A History of Government-funded Science from 1865–2009 (PDF, 942KB)

December 2009

Project: Shared Goals of Maori

Background Report 7a – Environmental Goals of Iwi and Hapu: Six case studies (PDF, 700KB)

December 2009

Project: StrategyNZ

Project 2058: Methodology – Version 3(PDF, 469KB)

December 2008

Project: Foresight and Scenarios

Report 6 – Four Possible Futures for New Zealand in 2058 (updated April 2009) (PDF, 2.22MB) 

This report uses the issues of climate change and genetic modification to explore four scenarios based on whether or not the world manages itself well and whether or not New Zealand manages itself well. These four scenarios illustrate why small countries have such a vested interest in international affairs.

October 2008

Project: StrategyNZ

Report 5 – The Common Elements of a National Sustainable Development Strategy: Learning from international experience (PDF, 700KB)

Building on Report 4, this report reviews the national sustainable development strategies of three countries: Finland; Sweden and the United Kingdom. It identifies seven common elements and a number of differences in approach and content.

October 2008

Project: StrategyNZ

Report 4 – Institutions for Sustainable Development: Developing an optimal framework for New Zealand (PDF, 774KB) 

A number of countries have established or required existing institutions to create national sustainable development strategies. Building on the insights of Report 1, it explores existing frameworks and takes an in-depth look at eight institutional options available to New Zealand.

October 2008

Project: StrategyNZ

Report 4a – Institutions for Sustainable Development: Learning from international experience (PDF, 731KB)

April 2008

Project: Genetic Modification

The Review of the Forty-Nine Recommendations of the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification (PDF, 915KB)

April 2008

Project: Genetic Modification

The History of Genetic Modification in New Zealand (PDF, 702KB)

March 2008

Project: StrategyNZ

Report 3 – Supporting Local Government: Existing initiatives for sustainable development (PDF, 414KB) 

This report focuses on the bridge between central and local government in New Zealand. It identifies and analyses mechanisms employed by central government to directly or indirectly support local government and communities in achieving sustainable development.

August 2007

Project: StrategyNZ

Report 2 – New Zealand Central Government Strategies: Reviewing the landscape 1990–2007 (PDF, 1.2MB)

This report seeks to understand how the New Zealand government departments integrate long-term thinking and action. The report analyses 130 strategy documents published from 1990–2007 and outlines how these could be improved. This exercise was repeated in 2015 and will be published as Report 15: Improving Strategy Stewardship

August 2007

Project: StrategyNZ

Report 2a – Central Government Policy Integration (PDF, 208KB)

August 2007

Project: StrategyNZ

Report 1 – A National Sustainable Development Strategy: How New Zealand measures up against international commitments (PDF, 1.1MB) 

In 1997, New Zealand, along with many others, made a commitment at the UN General Assembly to produce a national sustainable development strategy (NSDS). In 2002, New Zealand again committed to implement an NSDS by 2005; however, no NSDS was produced. This report describes the actions taken.

August 2007

Project: StrategyNZ

Report 1a – International NSDS Milestones: 1970 to Today (PDF, 407KB) 

August 2007

Project: StrategyNZ

Report 1b – A Stakeholder Evaluation of the Sustainable Development Programme of Action (PDF, 443KB)

July 2007

Project: StrategyNZ

Project 2058: Methodology – Version 2 (PDF, 494KB)

June 2006

Project: Pandemic Management

Managing the Business Risk of a Pandemic: Lessons from the Past and a Checklist for the Future (PDF, 1.79MB)

August 1988

Project: One Integrated Report

Implementation of Accrual Accounting for Government Departments (PDF, 4.4MB)

 

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