Policy Projects

Reporting NZ

Contributing to an informed New Zealand

The overall aim of Reporting NZ is to contribute to a discussion on how to build an informed New Zealand. Reporting NZ 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).

Latest publication

Working Paper 2023/03 – Appearances of the Treaty/te Tiriti in New Zealand Legislation

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This research aims to contribute to a broader analysis of the strength of democracy in Aotearoa New Zealand. This paper draws a basic picture of the appearance of the Treaty of Waitangi/te Tiriti o Waitangi in New Zealand legislation. Through high-level term searching, this research assesses the various appearances of the terms ‘Treaty of Waitangi’ and ‘Tiriti o Waitangi’ in Acts that do not directly concern Treaty settlements, and classifies these by degree and nature of inclusion. Finally, some observations about these appearances are made.

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.

Assorted publications

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

Discussion Paper 2022/02 – New Zealand King Salmon Case Study: A financial reporting perspective

Submission – Pricing agricultural emissions: Consultation document

Working Paper 2021/07 – Scoping the use of the term ‘climate scenarios’ and other climate-related terms in Aotearoa New Zealand and international literature

Submission – Document 1: Summary and Q&A – Submission to NZX on: (i) Exposure Draft: NZX Corporate Governance Code Review – 2nd Consultation (ii) Exposure Draft: NZX ESG Guidance Note – Initial Consultation