Policy Projects

Reporting NZ

Contributing to an informed New Zealand

The overall aim of ReportingNZ is to contribute to a discussion on how to build an informed New Zealand. ReportingNZ is a McGuinness Institute policy project that began in 2016.

We aim to draw a distinction between data, information (when data tells a narrative) and knowledge (when information delivers wisdom).

When analysing reporting frameworks, we tend to view the landscape in terms of:

  • information (what content, when (past, present or future focused), how (is the data produced and how reliable is it), who provided it and why was it provided),
  • instruments (whether reporting is regular and in the public arena) and
  • institutions (who is reporting on what).

Past initiatives

A Near Horizon

On 28 May 2020, the McGuinness Institute, Simpson Grierson, and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) hosted A Near Horizon: Seizing the opportunities and managing the risks in the transition to net zero – The importance of climate-related financial disclosures.

This virtual roundtable discussion with Mark Carney, Adrian Orr and James Shaw heard the perspectives of some of the world’s thought leaders on climate change and finance. Learn more about the speakers and event here. Watch the recorded zoom webinar here.

Assorted publications

See a selection of our latest research and publications related to ReportingNZ below.

Submission to NZX on Exposure Draft: NZX Corporate Governance Code Review and NZX ESG Guidance Note

Working Paper 2022/14 – Reviewing TCFD information in 2017–2021 reports of NZSX-listed companies

Submission – Aotearoa New Zealand Climate Standards Climate-related Disclosures: Exposure Drafts

Working Paper 2021/06 – Reviewing TCFD information in 2017–2020 Annual Reports of NZSX-listed companies

Report 17 – ReportingNZ: Building a Reporting Framework Fit for Purpose

Legal Opinion 2020/01 – Obligations on directors to report risk in New Zealand annual reports under the Companies Act 1993

Discussion Paper 2019/01 – The Climate Reporting Emergency: A New Zealand Case Study

Survey Insights: An analysis of the 2017 Extended External Reporting Surveys