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.


Project 2058 Report 

Report 17 – Building a Reporting Framework fit for Purpose [Draft Version 2]

The Institute has almost completed a major piece of work on New Zealand’s reporting framework – the country’s information infrastructure. We hope this report will add to a conversation on how to make the function and purpose of the framework better suited to New Zealand’s current and future information needs, while at the same time keeping compliance costs low.

Thank you to all those who provided comment on the draft report. We have identified the most important issues raised in the feedback and have updated the report in red font. See draft report Version 2 here. We are now processing the other points raised in the feedback, with a view to publishing the final report at the end of the year. If you have any further comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please note that supporting New Zealand legislation is collated and published in Working Paper 2018/04 – Legislation Shaping the Reporting Framework: A compilation, which can be found here. This is a follow-on from our work on the 2017 ReportingNZ SurveysWorking Paper 2018/01 – NZSX-listed Company Tables and other supporting publications, which are now available. For more information, visit the ReportingNZ website.

Powerpoint: Climate Change Reporting

Click here to view the Climate Change Discussion Paper powerpoint used at the launch event held at the Institute on Tuesday 25 June.

Discussion Paper – Designing a Climate Reporting Framework for New Zealand will be published on the McGuinness Institute website on Friday, 5 July here.

GDS Index

In May the Institute launched the 2018 GDS Index Update and the GDS Handbook (May 2019) and announced the top-scoring GDS to guests: A Biosecurity Science Strategy for New Zealand (MPI, 2007). Learn more about the GDS Index here.

Latest Publications

Discussion Paper: 2019/01 – The Climate Reporting Emergency 

GDS Index and Handbook: 2018 GDS Index update and the GDS Handbook 

Working Paper: 2019/01 – Methodology for the Government Department Strategies Index New Zealand

Working Paper: 2019/02 – Lists of Government Department Strategies Between 1 July 1994 and 31 December 2018

Working Paper: 2019/03 – Collating and Ranking Government Department Strategies in Operation as at 31 December 2018

Submission: Submission on Aotearoa New Zealand Government Tourism Strategy

Journal: Āpōpō Journal: Navigating the future with foresight

Think Piece: Think Piece 31 – Navigating the Future With Foresight 

Think Piece: Think Piece 30 – Package of Climate Change Reporting Recommendations

Report: Report 17 – Building a Reporting Framework Fit for Purpose [DRAFT Version 2]

Recent Event

A Point of Vanishing Stability: Exploring a climate strategy for New Zealand
(5.30 – 8.30pm, Thursday, 30 May 2019)

On 30 May the Institute held a discussion event at the National Library, bringing together Chlöe Swarbrick MP, Adrian Orr, Dr Anita Wreford, Roger Dennis, Conal Smith, Dame Dr Claudia Orange, Dr Carwyn Jones and Singapore-based futurist Aaron Maniam. The speakers discussed various aspects of how climate change impacts on commerce, infrastructure, governance and culture, followed by a Q & A session. The evening then finished with a mini-workshop for speakers and the audience to further explore and share ideas. The goal of this event was to contribute to a national climate strategy that provides an urgent yet considered response to climate change.

  • You can find the PowerPoint presentation here.
  • The discussion event was filmed by the National Library and this will be available on Youtube in the next few weeks.
  • The ideas that were explored at this event will help contribute to a McGuinness Institute climate change strategy for New Zealand.  We aim to publish this document at the end of the year. If you have any ideas or would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact us at enquiries@mcguinnessinstitute.org

Recent workshop

KiMuaNZ: Exploring Climate Futures Workshop – Finale Presentation at Government House

The finale presentation of the KiMuaNZ: Exploring climate futures workshop took place at Government House on 3 July. The participants shared their voices and ideas after three days of listening to expert speakers and developing scenarios. The finale presentation added to the national conversation on how to mitigate and adapt to climate change in New Zealand and the Pacific. The workshop aimed to highlight the perspectives of young New Zealanders on adapting to and mitigating climate change, and focused on exploring different future scenarios and strategies for New Zealand and our Pacific neighbours within a climate changing world. 

The McGuinness Institute would like to thank all those who were involved in the workshop, especially the special guests and speakers.


The annual McGuinness Institute newsletter focuses solely on the work programme. It shares our journey since the last newsletter and what we hope to achieve over the next year. 

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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