About Us

The McGuinness Institute is a non-partisan think tank working towards a sustainable future for New Zealand. Led by Chief Executive Wendy McGuinness, the Institute undertakes research and analysis with a view to contributing to a national conversation on New Zealand’s long-term future.

The Institute’s work is guided by the following principles:

A commitment to…

  • Sustainability: Achieving long-term benefits for all of New Zealand, driven by a focus on the year 2058.
  • Fairness: Actively seeking diverse perspectives in order to develop innovative work practices, stress-test our assumptions and avoid biases.
  • Inclusiveness: Providing platforms and opportunities for New Zealanders, with a particular focus on amplifying the voices of young people between 18 and 25.
  • Practicality: Producing informative, evidence-based research that is easily accessible to the public, enabling New Zealanders to learn lessons from the past and develop effective policy for the future.
  • Relationships: Working locally and globally with other institutions, NGOs, iwi, hapū and Pasifika peoples to actively develop initiatives that contribute to New Zealand’s social capital.

The McGuinness Institute is funded by The McGuinness Foundation Trust, which invests in a range of education pursuits. For more information, see our latest annual report here.

Types of Projects

Project 2058 is the Institute’s flagship project focusing on New Zealand’s long-term future. When selecting a year in the future to guide our thinking, we decided 50 years was distant enough to avoid self-interest but close enough to realistically drive our work forwards. In 2004, the McGuinness Institute (then called the Sustainable Future Institute) began exploring what a National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) would look like for New Zealand and published a report in 2005 titled A National Sustainable Development Strategy: How New Zealand measures up against international commitments. The next step was to research international best practice in sustainable development – the findings from which are discussed in further reports.

As a result of our observation that in policy-making, foresight drives strategy, strategy requires reporting, and reporting shapes foresight, we divided our projects into two types: policy projects and research projects. Our flagship project, Project 2058 (which refers to the year 2058), continues to drive all of our work, and the policy projects and research projects contribute to it and each other in different ways. The policy projects shape and guide the research projects and the research projects inform the policy projects. We see the relationship between these two types of projects as constantly feeding off each other – as illustrated in Figure 1 on the right.

The policy projects frame and feed into our research projects, which address a range of significant issues facing New Zealand. We have separated policy projects from research projects in order to emphasise that foresight, strategy and reporting are policy tools that are permanent by nature. In contrast, the research projects are developed in response to a specific area of study and have led to a wide range of reports such as Report 8 – Maori Representation in ParliamentReport 9 – Science Embraced and Report 10 – One Ocean. All our work as part of Project 2058 aims to build and contribute to a national conversation around New Zealand’s long-term future. Below are links to the satellite websites for each of the Institute’s projects.

About the policy projects
As a result of our observation that in policy-making, foresight drives strategy, strategy requires reporting, and reporting shapes foresight, we developed three interlinking policy projects: ForesightNZ, StrategyNZ and ReportingNZ. Each of these tools must align if we want New Zealand to develop durable, robust and forward-looking public policy.

About the research projects
Our research projects are framed and fed into by our policy projects and address a range of significant issues facing New Zealand. They are developed in response to a wide range of areas of study: CivicsNZ, LivestockNZ, OneOceanNZ, PublicScienceNZ, TacklingPovertyNZ and TalentNZ.

2020 Work Programme

The McGuinness Institute is fortunate to be able to set its work programme in response to where we think we can deliver value. This means that the observations made throughout 2019 shape our work programme for 2020. We remain flexible throughout the year to ensure that our focus remains on exactly what we believe is most important for the long-term future of New Zealand. Below is a map of our 2020 work programme. Learn more about our observations from previous work programmes here. To learn more about what drives our work programme, please see and subscribe to our annual newsletter.


Our patrons have all provided invaluable guidance and encouragement and we are thankful for their ongoing support. The Institute is very proud to be associated with the following individuals:

Professor Lionel Carter

Professor of Marine Geology at Victoria University of Wellington

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Roger Dennis

Consultant: innovation, foresight, transformation

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Sue Elliott

Chair of the Wellington Sculpture Trust and strategic communications adviser

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Dr Bronwyn Hayward

Associate Professor and Head of Department, Political Science and International Relations, University of Canterbury

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Professor Mark Henaghan

Dean of the Faculty of Law at University of Otago

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Dr Carwyn Jones

Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington

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Dr Girol Karacaoglu

Head of the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington

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Todd Krieble

Principal Economist, New Zealand Institute of Economic Research

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Councillor Dr Ella Lawton

Otago Polytechnic Centre for Sustainable Practice

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Bill Moran

Previously worked for New Zealand Treasury

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Alison Nevill

Dame Dr Claudia Orange

Head of Research, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

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James Palmer

Strategic Development Group Manager, Hawkes Bay Regional Council

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Neville Peat

Dunedin writer and environmentalist

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Dame Diane Robertson

Chair, The Data Futures Partnership Working Group

Professor Jacqueline Rowarth

Inaugural professor of agribusiness at University of Waikato

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Dr J. Morgan Williams

Principal, FutureSteps

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Past Patrons:

The late Sir Paul Callaghan

The late Jan Lee Martin

The late Kevin Simpkins

The Team

The Institute employs graduates, academics and young professionals from a range of disciplines. The team currently consists of full-time and part-time staff, with backgrounds in English, law, commerce, philosophy, politics, history and design. Our diverse backgrounds and standpoints allow us to integrate different knowledge bases and disciplines in order to engage with the complex issues that are the focus of our research. We are a young and energetic team and are conscious that we are continually learning. We are particularly interested in gathering varying viewpoints by creating meaningful connections with other groups interested in pursuing a vision for New Zealand. 

Wendy McGuinness

Chief Executive

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Isabella Smith

Head of Research

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Ella Reilly

Reuben Brady

Research Analyst

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Becky Jenkins


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Billie McGuinness

Assistant Designer

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Angus Shaw

Research Analyst

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Madison Crisp

Office Administrator

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Arne Larsen

Anna Broom


Office dog


Office puppy

External Review Policy

Our external reviewers are individuals who are chosen for their specialist knowledge of a topic (or aspect of a topic) addressed in a report. External reviewers are usually named on the inside cover of the report but occasionally, if requested, the name is kept confidential.

Objectives of External Review

Reviewers are asked, among other things, to evaluate whether the draft report:

  • Achieves its strategic purpose
  • Has a clear intention
  • Is methodologically sound
  • Follows appropriate ethical guidelines
  • Is appropriately structured and easy to follow
  • Has any inaccuracies or omissions in the content
  • Has conclusions and/or recommendations that follow logically from the main body of the report
  • Discusses and provides the necessary references to relevant work

Response to questions more specific to the report’s topic area may also be requested. For example, whether ethical or cultural dimensions or current scientific knowledge are appropriately and accurately incorporated. The first review of the draft report is completed internally by the McGuinness Institute team. The second review is completed by external parties.

Thank you to all our external reviewers who over the years have helped us deliver quality publications.

Our external reviewers to date have included:

External Review Process

  1. The topic is assessed to determine the type of expertise needed to review the report.
  2. A list of external reviewers is considered and agreed. The scope and timeframes of the review are discussed.
  3. All external reviewers will receive the one-page summary outlining the general tone and content of everyone’s feedback.
  4. The reviewers’ responses are then considered, further discussed with the reviewers if clarification is required, and incorporated by the authors as appropriate. If the reviewers’ strategic comments/feedback is not adopted, this is discussed with the reviewer in advance of publication.
  5. A final draft is prepared. At this point, if a reviewer requests, we will email the revised draft through to them so they may undertake a final revision of the draft (or part of it) before it goes to the editor and is published.
  6. The final draft goes to the editor and is published.
  7. The authors maintain complete responsibility for the report’s content. To ensure this is clarified in the report, the following statement is made in the preface – ‘All errors and omissions remain the responsibility of the author(s)’.

Dr Sharon Adamson
Felicity Barnes
Jan Bieringa
Michael Boland
Keitha Booth
Dr Rick Boven
Alastair Boult
Max Bradford
Dr Janet Bradford-Grieve
Dave Breuer
Denise Brown
Sir Paul Callaghan
Wayne Cartwright
Julian Carver
Dr Ralph Chapman
Dr Anthony Cole
Professor Marston Conder
Ronnie Cooper
Guy Coulson
Yvonne Curtis
Dr Peter Davies
Roger Dennis
Tony Falkenstein
Tony Fenton
Jeanette Fitzsimons
Bob Frame
Moira Fraser
Bruce Gilkison
Derek Gill
Sir Peter Gluckman
Dr Kerry Grundy

Robin Gunston
Professor Harlene Hayne
Myra Harpham
Professor Jack Heinemann
David Henry
Robert Hickson
Sir Frank Holmes
Dr John Hood
Sophie Howard
Stephanie Howard
Mark Hucklesby
Margaret Hunn
Beat Huser
Colin James
Professor Philip Joseph
Jonathan King
Stephen Knight-Lenihan
Fanny Lammers Van Toorenburg
John Lancashire
Dr Maggie Lawton
Bridget Liddell
Chris Lipscombe
Nick Marsh
Dr Andrew Matthews
Dr Malcolm Menzies
Gareth Moore-Jones
Lloyd Morrison
Kim Ngarimu
Dr Barbara Nicholas
Dame Claudia Orange
James Palmer

Ashok Parbhu
Dr John Peet
Sherie Pointon
Patrick Power
Kerry Prendergast
Stephanie Pride
Peter Rankin
Wendy Reid
John Roberts
Dr Lin Roberts
Dr Mere Roberts
Professor Jacqueline Rowarth
Professor Caroline Saunders
Judy Siers
Professor Phil A. Silva
Wayne Silver
Chris Simmons
Jim Sinner
Morgan Slyfield
Dr Huhana Smith
Professor Jeff Tallon
Hugh Templeton
Dr Steve Thompson
Nat Torkington
Dr John Volpe
Dr Jim Watson
Dr Sean Weaver
Mark Weldon
Jez Weston
Dr Morgan Williams
Dr John Wilson

Office Tour

Watch the video below for a tour of the McGuinness Institute office, and some background information from Wendy McGuinness about what we do and how we work.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Institute relate to government?
Our work involves frequent communication with government and other national and international organisations. When appropriate, we work with organisations who share a common interest on specific projects. The Institute is non-partisan and has no affiliation with any political parties, government departments or organisations.

What are the Institute’s international affiliations?
Wendy McGuinness is a full member of the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF). The WFSF operates as a global network of practising futurists – researchers, teachers, scholars, policy analysts, activists and others from approximately 60 countries. Wendy has presented at four World Future Society (WFS) conferences, including the 2015 WFS conference held in San Francisco on TalentNZ.

Does the Institute welcome donations?
As you can appreciate, there is a wide range of activities and research opportunities we would like to undertake but for funding reasons, we are simply unable to do. If you are in a position to donate funds for a particular project or scholarship, or to provide other general support, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What does the Institute’s Māori name ‘Te Hononga Waka’ mean?
Te Hononga Waka means the joining place of waka. The name was selected to refer to the work the Institute does to forge connections between people and projects; the ‘tying of waka’ represents intertwined journeys and forward movement. The name was gifted to the Institute by its composer Shaquille Shortland on behalf of participants of the 2017 WakaNZ: Navigating with foresight workshop. Read more about the story of the Institute’s Māori name in our blog here.

What is the James Duncan reference library?
More information about the James Duncan Reference Library can be found on the library page. The James Duncan reference library and archive is located at the office of the McGuinness Institute in Wellington and online and was established in October 2009 to support the Institute in providing a strong evidence base for our work.

The library was named after the former Chair of the Commission for the Future, Professor James Duncan (1921–2001), and has been established to provide a record of long-term thinking in New Zealand. The collection is divided into three sections.


  • Old and/or unique New Zealand publications.


  • Publications on New Zealand’s future-thinking initiatives and historical development, the theory and practice of future-thinking, and strategy developments.


  • Recent publications on a range of topics, including national and international perspectives.

Gold and silver publications can be accessed on our online catalogue

The Institute believes that New Zealand’s future must build on its past and this is why our library, in all its forms, is so important to us. The collection has reached 4,710 books and publications and is still growing.

Trained in geology and oceanography at the universities of Auckland and British Columbia, Canada, Professor Lionel Carter has undertaken research in the North Atlantic, Pacific and Southern oceans. He helped set up major international projects in New Zealand including Ocean Drilling Program Leg 181 and the MARGINS "Source to Sink" initiative. More recently he participated in the Antarctic Drilling Programme (ANDRILL). Much of his research centres on deciphering marine geological records to identify ocean and climate changes. This research has contributed to the development of observational and numerical models that aid prediction of potential environmental responses to the present phase of climate warming. He applies the expertise gained in his marine geology and oceanography research to marine engineering projects, in particular the protection of the global submarine telecommunication network that underpins the internet and international communications. He is currently the Marine Environmental Advisor for the International Cable Protection Committee. In 2003 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and in 2012 was awarded the Marsden Medal for outstanding service to science. You can learn more about Professor Lionel Carter here.

Sue Elliott has extensive experience in strategic communications and government relations. Her long-term involvement in not-for-profit community organisations has seen her as a trustee of the Wellington Sculpture Trust for eleven years before becoming the Chair in 2013, a founding trustee of the Wellington Museums Trust, the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust, and the Bougainville Library Trust. She spent ten years on the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts board and is currently Chair of the United Services Medals Trust. She worked in Parliament for several years as a Press Secretary before becoming a founding partner of a highly successful public and government relations company which she sold after 19 years. In 2005 she established Communications Chambers and continues to provide strategic communications advice to an array of leading New Zealand organisations.

Bronwyn Hayward is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. She specialises in public policy issues affecting children and young people, environmental politics, and citizenship in a changing world. Bronwyn is also one of nine co-investigators for the UK-funded CUSP (Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity) with Professor Tim Jackson of Surrey University, and a co-researcher for Voices of the Future, a study of Norwegian Youth by the University of Oslo with Professor Karen O’Brien. She is a member of the 11-person International Transformations Steering Committee for the International Social Sciences Council awarding large grant funding, and was a fellow of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, University of East Anglia between 2008 and 2011. A trustee for the London think tank Foundation for Democracy and Sustainability and the NZ Spark Foundation (which includes GiveALittle), Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward also chairs the NZ Political Science Association All Universities Working Group on Civics, Citizenship and Political Literacy. In 2015 she was awarded UC College of Arts inaugural prize as joint winner of the Conscience and Critic of Society Research Award.

Professor Mark Henaghan is Dean of the Faculty of Law at University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. His research interests include family law, law relating to children (custody/access, child abuse, medico-legal issues) human genome law, relationship property, the judiciary and judge-made law. 

Carwyn Jones (Ngāti Kahungunu) is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington. He holds undergraduate degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and a PhD from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. His primary research interests relate to the Treaty of Waitangi and indigenous legal traditions. Before joining the Faculty of Law in 2006, Carwyn worked in a number of different roles at the Waitangi Tribunal, Māori Land Court, and the Office of Treaty Settlements. He is the author of New Treaty, New Tradition – Reconciling New Zealand and Māori Law (UBC Press, July 2016). He is also the co-editor of the Māori Law Review and maintains a blog, Ahi-kā-roa, on legal issues affecting Māori and other indigenous peoples. Carwyn has spoken at five previous McGuinness Institute workshops – EmpowerNZ (2012), LivingStandardsNZ (2013), the Civics and Media Project Workshop 3 (2015), TacklingPovertyNZ (2015) and the TacklingPovertyNZ Gisborne one-day workshop (2016). 

Dr Girol Karacaoglu is the Head of the School of Government at Victoria University. Girol was previous the Chief Economist at the New Zealand Treasury, Wellington between November 2012 and September 2016. His role at the Treasury was to provide strategic leadership on broad economic policy issues, in particular fiscal and monetary policy settings, and New Zealand’s international linkages. The Chief Economist role is critical to championing and lifting the quality and capability of the Treasury’s economic advice. Girol went to the Treasury from The Co-operative Bank, where he was Chief Executive for nine years. His previous roles include General Manager at Westpac NZ, Chief Economist at the National Bank of NZ, and lecturer in economics at Victoria University of Wellington. He has a PhD in Economics and an MBA, and is fluent in French and Turkish. He has two adult daughters and one son and enjoys reading, classical music, walking, dancing, movies, and family activities.

Todd is the Principal Economist at the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research specialising in public policy, strategy and change management. He has most recently been strategic adviser to the Chief Executive of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Todd convened the multi-agency Civics and Media Project in 2015 with the McGuinness Institute as a partner. Todd has a track record of pushing at the frontier. He led the Ministry of Health team that established world leading smoke-free environments legislation in 1990 and led the New Zealand delegation in the opening rounds of the UN Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. He chaired the Health Research Council’s Mental Health Research and Development Committee including New Zealand’s first population mental health survey. He was seconded to the Office of Director General at the World Health Organisation in 2000 to work on global strategy reform. He served as health advisor at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2003–2007. As General Manager at the Ministry for the Environment he led the environmental reporting and science programme. He chaired the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) conflict of interest and finance committees in 2010. Todd holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Hawaii and a Master of Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington.

Ella has crafted a career as a generalist, working on systems change through the lens of sustainable practice. She is passionate about empowering communities with scientific information, with tools to help bring about change and with inspiring leadership at all levels.

Since 2008 Ella has worked for Otago Polytechnic Centre for Sustainable Practice where she has been principle researcher and Project Manager on a number of large research projects. In 2013 Ella was elected as the youngest Councillor to Queenstown Lakes District Council, representing the Wanaka Ward and the Wanaka Community Board. She also teaches the Otago MBA Leading Sustainable Enterprises paper and chairs a number of local community networks. She has a PhD in Architecture at Victoria University of Wellington, a Masters in Strategic leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden, a Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies at the University of Canterbury and undergraduate degrees in laws and ecology from the University of Otago.

Ella credits Wendy McGuinness with giving her an extraordinary start to her colourful career. She was present during the very initial stages of building the McGuinness Institute (then the Sustainable Futures Institute), and since that time she has continued to be actively involved in a number of the Institute’s projects including StrategyNZ and TalentNZ.

Bill Moran was with the New Zealand Treasury from 1985 to 2016. His most recent role involved overseeing work on New Zealand’s economic strategy and ensuring the Treasury operates effectively as an organisation. He previously led work for the Treasury in macroeconomic and fiscal policy, tax strategy and state sector management. Prior to this he spent eight years as principal economic advisor to two Ministers of Finance and a Deputy Minister of Finance. A strong advocate for ensuring that the Treasury’s work is informed by external views and involving New Zealanders in the policy process, in 2013 Bill led a wide-ranging public engagement programme to test the assumptions and analysis for the Treasury’s long-term fiscal statement.Bill holds a master’s degree in political science from Victoria University of Wellington. He spent eight years on the board of New Zealand Football and was chair of the organising committee for the 2015 FIFA Under-20 Men’s World Cup. He also has ties with the creative sector as founder and initial chair of the Play It Strange Trust. Bill Moran has spoken at four McGuinness Institute workshops: EmpowerNZ (2012), LivingStandardsNZ (2013), LocalNZ (2014), TacklingPovertyNZ (2015) and ForesightNZ (2016).

Alison has been working part time for the McGuinness Institute since 2011. She has a background in librarianship, management and government and provides advice and support to the Institute team on a range of projects. She has a BA in English literature and English language and a professional library diploma.

Claudia has been Head of Research at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa since 2013. Prior to this role she held other senior positions at Te Papa, serving as Collections and Research Group Director and Director of History and Pacific Cultures. Between 1990 and 2003, Dame Claudia was General Editor of the multi-volume government project, Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. She also served as Chief Historian at the Department of Internal Affairs between 1997 and 2000. Dame Claudia has been the recipient of a number of significant honours and awards: in 1993 she was made an Officer of the OBE, and in 2009 she was awarded DCNZM for services to historical research. She has published widely on New Zealand history, race relations and the Treaty of Waitangi. Her first book, The Treaty of Waitangi (1987, with a second edition released in 2011), won the Goodman Fielder Wattie Book of the Year Award. Dame Claudia also curated the Te Papa exhibition TREATY 2 U, which tells the story of New Zealand’s founding agreement. The exhibition toured Auckland secondary schools and twice toured New Zealand. She has also been a content expert in developing the exhibition for the new museum that opened at Waitangi in February 2016.

James Palmer has extensive experience in public policy matters related to environmental and natural resource management, energy and climate change, and primary production and innovation. He is currently Strategic Development Group Manager at the Hawkes Bay Regional Council where he is responsible for regional policy and the planning of natural resources and economic development strategy.

James came to the HBRC from the Ministry for the Environment where he was Deputy Secretary Sector Strategy, responsible for the strategic direction of New Zealand’s environmental management system. James had specific policy responsibility for the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act, the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf Act, Marine Protected Areas, New Zealand’s international environmental commitments, overseeing the Environmental Protection Authority and national-level state of environment monitoring and reporting. Prior to this James was Director of Strategy, Systems and Science Policy at the Ministry for Primary Industries and Director of Strategy at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Between 2005 and 2008 James served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity, and in the early 2000s was an Advisor and Senior Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and an intern in the British Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.

Neville Peat is an award-winning Dunedin writer and environmentalist. His books, ranging from Afghanistan to Antarctica, span the themes of geography, biography, history and the natural world. His 22 books on the natural environment include Forever the Forest (1987), The Falcon and the Lark (1992), Wild Dunedin (1995), Seabird Genius (2011) and Rivers Rare (2016). Neville has been involved in nature conservation and environmental advocacy for over 30 years. He led the establishment of the Dunedin Environmental Business Network in 1993, and for six years, 2010-16, he chaired the Otago Natural History Trust, which established Orokonui Ecosanctuary. He has chaired the Pukekura (Taiaroa Head) Reserves Co-Management Trust Board since its inception in 2015. In 1998, he wrote the Government nomination of the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Area, and in 2007 he was awarded the Creative New Zealand Michael King Writers’ Fellowship, New Zealand’s largest literary prize, to write a book about the Tasman Sea. He has been an Otago regional councillor (nine years) and Dunedin city councillor (three years) and was a member of the Government-appointed South-East Marine Protection Forum from 2014 to 2017. In summer, he works as a lecturer and guide on small expedition cruise ships touring the mainland New Zealand coast and the subantarctic islands.

Jacqueline is the inaugural professor of agribusiness at University of Waikato. She is a trustee for the Kathleen Spragg Agricultural Trust and a Past President of the New Zealand Grassland Association and the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science. She gives weekly columns for National Business Review and monthly columns for Rural News, the Waikato Times, North King Country Farmer and Pundit. Jacqueline obtained a PhD in soil science from Massey University, worked in plant improvement with AgResearch for six years and taught plant science at Lincoln University for six years. She received the Zonta Award for excellence in science in 1994. In 2008 she was awarded Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to agricultural science and in 2009 she was given the inaugural ‘Agricultural Personality of the Year Award’ by the Federated Farmers of New Zealand. In 2010 she was awarded the Landcorp Communicator of the Year Award by the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Communicators and Journalists. In 2013 she was listed in the top 50 most influential women in New Zealand in the Westpac/Fairfax Awards.

Dr Williams completed 10 years as NZ’s Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) in March 2007. Prior to this he held research and policy roles in agriculture, worked widely in the South Pacific, undertook research in Antarctica and represented NZ research interests internationally. He was recently an Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Canterbury and Queensland, positions he held for over 10 years. In April 2004, Lincoln University awarded Morgan an honorary doctorate in Natural Resources.

In his third phase of life Morgan chairs the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in NZ, the newly formed Cawthron Foundation, is a trustee of the National Energy Research Institute and an advisory trustee of Leadership NZ and the NZ Centre for Environmental Law at Auckland University. His recent work has included working with a German team from the Bertelsmann Stiftung Foundation to judge the Tasmanian entry in the global Reinhard Mohn Prize 2013, a prize for Strategies for a Sustainable Future; judging the 2014 Aggregate and Quarry Association environmental excellence for the sixth year; facilitating industry forums on forestry on NZ steep-lands and sustainable farming systems research; chairing the organising committee of a ‘Climate of Change – Pathways for Society’ forum held in March 2011 and contributing to a global ‘Frontiers of Sustainable Development’ think tank in Europe in September 2009 and a ‘Food Futures Forum’ in Iceland in September 2010.

The late Sir Paul Callaghan (GNZM, FRS, FRSNZ) received Kiwibank’s 2011 New Zealander of the year award for his service to science in the fields of nanotechnology and magnetic resonance. He held a PhD from the University of Oxford, was made Professor of Physics at Massey University in 1984 and was appointed as Alan MacDiarmid Professor of Physical Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington from 2001. Sir Paul was the founding director of both Magritek and the multi-university Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE), MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. Sir Paul was also the president of the Academy Council of the Royal Society of New Zealand and the president of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and Principal Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and he won the Ampere Prize, Rutherford Medal, KEA/NZTE World Class New Zealander Award, Sir Peter Blake Medal, James Cook Research Fellowship, Günther Laukien Prize for Magnetic Resonance and New Zealand Prime Minister’s Science Prize (shared in 2010). In 2011, Sir Paul was the keynote speaker at the Institute’s 2011 workshop - StrategyNZ, which brought together 100 people from throughout New Zealand. His talked on creating ‘a place where talent wants to live’ resonated with the audience and the wider community. Sir Paul’s vision for New Zealand has gone on to shape the Institute’s work programme, and in particular the TalentNZ project.

Jan was a respected futurist, a professional member of the World Future Society and a member of the World Futures Studies Federation. She contributed to many publications, including The Knowledge Base of Futures Studies, which became a standard text for futures studies degree courses. She was also a member of the editorial board of the international Journal of Futures Studies. Although she lived in Australia, Jan was born in New Zealand, and in March 2011 she was one of the speakers at the Institute’s StrategyNZ workshop in Wellington. It was Jan’s wish that bright young people with big ideas and a passion for New Zealand’s long-term future should be given the opportunity to carry out independent research in an area that was of interest to them and of potential benefit to all.

Kevin Simpkins was a specialist adviser in complex accounting, auditing and reporting matters, and taught at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Accounting and Commercial Law from 2007 to 2015.

Kevin was previously New Zealand’s Deputy Controller and Auditor-General. He was also a former Technical Director of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and National Director of Accounting of Ernst & Young NZ. He was a member and latterly Deputy Chair of the Financial Reporting Standards Board (1995–2002) and a Technical Adviser and Member of the now International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (1991–93 and 1997–2003). He chaired the Accounting Standards Review Board from 2009 and became inaugural Chairman of the External Reporting Board on 1 July 2012. He completed his term on 28 February 2014. Kevin was also a former member and past Chairman of the Trans Tasman Accounting and Auditing Standards Advisory Group to Ministers (TTAASAG) and was a member of the Australian Financial Reporting Council from 2009 to 2014. Kevin was a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (1984), the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (1989) and the UK Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (2003). He was made a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute in 1996. In 2011 Kevin was awarded the American Express Outstanding Service to the Profession Award at the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants Leadership Awards.

Wendy McGuinness is the founder and chief executive of the McGuinness Institute. Originally from the King Country, Wendy went on to study at Manukau Technical Institute (gaining an NZCC), University of Auckland (BCom), University of Otago (MBA), Massey University (completing a range of environmental papers) and Harvard (completing the Executive Programme on Driving Corporate Performance). In 2009 she received a fellowship from the NZICA, becoming a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) for outstanding contribution to the accountancy profession and service to the community. Specialising in risk management, she prepared the 1988 report Implementation of Accrual Accounting for Government Departments for the New Zealand Treasury. Wendy has worked in both the public and private sectors specialising in public sector reporting, risk management and future studies. In 2004 she established the Institute as a way of contributing to New Zealand’s long-term future. Since then she has, with her team, published a range of reports under the title Project 2058, written the book Nation Dates: Significant events that have shaped the nation of New Zealand and attended four World Futures conferences. She continues to be fascinated by the development and implementation of public policy, in particular how New Zealand might secure its future in the long-term and in doing so, how New Zealand might become an exemplar for the world.

Read Wendy's Whakapapa (1,156KB PDF) or resume (25KB PDF).

Bella holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in politics and communications from the University of Otago. 

Ella joined the Institute in February 2016 and recently completed her MA(Dist) in English Literature at Victoria University. She holds a BA(Hons) in English and a BA in English and History from the University of Auckland.

Reuben holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Otago.

Becky started at the Institute in February 2019. She studied at Massey University and holds a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design with honours.

Billie joined the Institute in November 2018. She recently completed a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design with honours from Massey University.

Angus started at the Institute in August 2019. He holds a Bachelor of Political Science from the University of Victoria.

Madison joined the Institute in November 2019. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Design at Victoria University of Wellington.

Arne joined the Institute as an intern in July 2019. He is currently completing a Bachelor of Architectural Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.

Anna joined the Institute as an intern in February 2020.