We have officially launched the Institute’s new name with the publication of the WakaNZ: Navigating with foresight workshop’s whakataukī book. The Institute was gifted a Māori name, Te Hononga Waka, by the participants of the workshop. WakaNZ participant Shaquille Shortland, composed the name, in discussion with participants, and presented it to Wendy at the workshop’s final presentation at Te Papa’s Rongomaraeroa on Thursday, 23 November 2017.

Shaquille explained the name means the joining place of waka. The choice was made because the ‘tying of waka’ represents intertwined journeys and forward movement. It is not a direct transliteration of ‘McGuinness Institute’, rather it refers to the work the Institute does to forge connections between people and projects.

The workshop’s whakataukī book, Mātauranga is the first publication to include the new name. McGuinness Institute: Te Hononga Waka will feature on all future publications and logos.

WakaNZ participants at Te Papa Rongomaraeroa.

Mātauranga is a collection of whakataukī – wisdoms, proverbs, poetry and invocations – chosen by each of the 34 workshop participants, plus Wendy and Gabriel Makhlouf, New Zealand Treasury secretary and chief executive.

The participants, all aged between 18-25 years old, were selected from throughout New Zealand to explore what a post-Treaty settlement future in New Zealand. They chose the whakataukī to bring as gifts, to evoke and inspire the group’s commitment to the workshop and to putting value into their time at WakaNZ.

McGuinness Institute staff and the workshop interns Ben Bielski (back centre left), Navana Matthews (back centre), Anna-Marei Kurei (seated), Rayden Horton (seated), and Caitlin Papuni-Mclellan (centre right) with Shaquille Shortland (centre front). Missing: Ngareka Bensemann and Duncan Matangi. The photo was taken to commemorate the Institute’s new name Te Hononga Waka bestowed by Shaquille.


Copies of Mātauranga have been given to participants, speakers and special guests of the workshop, including Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor-General of New Zealand.

Please contact the Institute if you wish to receive a copy of Mātauranga.