We are a non-partisan think tank working towards a sustainable future for New Zealand.

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

Latest Work

Mission Aotearoa: Mapping our future

(Attachment 2 to CEO letter)

Learn more about the Mission Aotearoa: Mapping our future webinar (30 Mar 2021) here.

How emergencies create constitutional stress for central and local government 

Two PowerPoints that may be of interest:

Futures Thinking


21 July 2021

This presentation was part of the Future for Local Government workshop, hosted by the Department of Internal Affairs in New Zealand.

Learn more here.

Political Stability Despite Minority Governments: the New Zealand experience

14 July 2021

This presentation was part of the SDG Webinar Series, hosted by Jeffrey Sachs Center for Sustainable Development from Sunway University, Malaysia.

Learn more here.

Pandemic Work Update

Think Piece 37: The gap between doses matters!

This Think Piece as uploaded to Newsroom on 1 July 2021. See the Newsroom article here.

OIA to MoH: 29 March 2021

Note: This was rejected by MoH due to the substantial research required.

YouTube: NZNO Interview with Kerri Nuku

Survey: An analysis of the 2020 NZNO PPE survey

Other Updates

Briefing to the Incoming Government

2020 Annual Newsletter

Policy Projects

Exploring New Zealand’s probable and possible futures

Contributing to an informed New Zealand
Building pathways to New Zealand’s preferred future

Latest Videos

NZNO interview with Kerri Nuku: Impacts and lessons from COVID-19

New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa represents the largest group of nurses in the country with 51,000 members including registered nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants and students. Kerri Nuku discusses how nurses had to deal with a lack of preparedness at work and the fear of endangering their own families.

Learn more about NZNO here.
Read Survey Insights: An analysis of the 2020 NZNO PPE Survey here.

Recent Publication

Nation Dates (4th ed.) published

Nation Dates presents timelines of significant events that have shaped Aotearoa New Zealand as a nation.

Threads link related events and illustrate patterns that have formed over time. More than just a record of the past, Nation Dates provides invaluable context for the future at a time when society is facing major questions about the way forward. The 4th edition includes 4 new timelines: Political Agreements, New Zealand Wars, Government Net Worth and COVID-19.

Learn more at www.nationdatesnz.org
Purchase here for $35.00 (incl. GST).

Blog Posts

Prime Minister’s Summer Reading List 2020/2021

Every year we select books that we believe the Prime Minister (and others interested in public policy) would benefit from reading over the summer break. As we apply a non-partisan approach to our work, we also provide copies of the selected books to each of the leaders of the other major political...

18 Months in Review – What we’ve been up to

1. Our 2020 work programme Our 2020 work programme, like many, was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The image at right illustrates an outline of the 2020 work programme. It is not an exact representation of all the work completed this year; however, it does provide an overview illustration of...

4th Edition of Nation Dates now launched

‘Interconnected impacts from these chains of events, people, communities and dates – in this summation – ripple outwardly, appearing unrelated and yet related once revealed, once collated: a recorded intergenerational summation.’ – Trevor Moeke, Horouta, Mātaatua, Tākitimu waka, Māori foresight...

Recent News & Events

Auckland Council Accountants Presentation

On 19 February 2021 Wendy McGuinness, Chief Executive of the McGuinness Institute, presented Climate Change Reporting: How to prepare and report climate scenarios. View her presentation slides here.

A Near Horizon Webinar

On 28 May 2020 the McGuinness Institute, Simpson Grierson, and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) hosted a virtual roundtable discussion to hear the perspectives of some of the world’s thought leaders on climate change and finance. Learn more here.

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