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.


Upcoming Event

Lessons from the Commission for the Future and the New Zealand Planning Council

Join us for a panel discussion between Rt Hon Jim Bolger and former members of the Commission for the Future and the New Zealand Planning Council, followed by reflections from several future thinkers on how we might embed foresight into public policy in 2020 and beyond. Speakers include:

Rt Hon Jim Bolger, Former Prime Minister 1990–1997
Myra Harpham, Director, Commission for the Future 1978–1982
Peter Rankin, Chief Executive, New Zealand Planning Council 1982–1990
Tāmati Kruger, Chief Negotiator, Tuhoe’s 2013 Treaty Settlement
Amy Fletcher, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Canterbury
Wendy McGuinness, Chief Executive, McGuinness Institute

Wednesday, 30 October 2019
5.30 – 7.30 pm (arrive by 5.15 pm)
National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington (Aitken St entrance)

Learn more and register here.

TCFD Workshops

TCFD Workshops: Practical steps for implementation
Navigating Climate-related Financial Disclosures

The 2017 G20 Financial Stability Board’s Recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) has emerged as ‘the international reporting framework’ shaping climate-related financial disclosures. Join London-based Michael Zimonyi (Policy & External Affairs Director, Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB)) and other speakers to learn more about TCFD, what they are and how to implement them.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 
9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Simpson Grierson, Level 28,
88 Shortland Street, Auckland 1141

Thursday, 17 October 2019
9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Simpson Grierson, Level 24, HSBC Tower,
195 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011

Learn more and register here.

Latest Publications

Discussion Paper: 2019/01 – The Climate Reporting Emergency : A New Zealand case study  [Final Draft]

Report: Report 17 – ReportingNZ: Building a Reporting Framework Fit for Purpose [DRAFT Version 3]

Submission: Submission to Marlborough District Council on NZKS’s application for more water space

GDS Index and Handbook: 2018 GDS Index update (Working Papers 2019/01–2019/04) and the GDS Handbook

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

Project 2058 Report 

Report 17 – ReportingNZ: Building a Reporting Framework Fit for Purpose [DRAFT Version 3]

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 processed a number of points raised in the initial feedback, resulting in Draft Version 3 available here. Having placed Report 17 on pause to address the significant amount of feedback we received on climate reporting, we are now in the final stages of editing, aligning and reference checking both the report and Discussion Paper 2019/01 – The Climate Reporting Emergency, which can be read in draft here.

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.

Discussion Paper 2019/01

The final draft of Discussion Paper 2019/01 – The Climate Reporting Emergency: A New Zealand case study published 28 August 2019 can be found here.

The Climate Change Reporting Emergency powerpoint used at the initial soft launch event held at the Institute on 25 June 2019 can be found 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.


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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