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.

Exploring a climate strategy for New Zealand

Investing in science for the long-term benefit of New Zealand

Promoting the stewardship of a healthy and productive ocean


Building the social capital of New Zealand citizens

Exploring ways to tackle poverty in New Zealand

Contributing to Sir Paul Callaghan’s vision of making New Zealand ‘a place where talent wants to live’


Learning lessons now for the future

Types of Projects 

We have 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 below.

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, ClimateChangeNZ, OneOceanNZ, PandemicNZ, PublicScienceNZ, TacklingPovertyNZ
and TalentNZ.