Seven days to go until the TacklingPovertyNZ workshops in the Far North – Thursday, 15 September 2016 and Friday, 16 September 2016

The McGuinness Institute’s TacklingPovertyNZ workshop is on tour. We are heading to Kaitaia on Thursday, 15 September 2016 and Kaikohe on Friday, 16 September 2016. The workshop tour was sparked by the national TacklingPovertyNZ workshop held in December 2015 – an initiative of the McGuinness Institute in collaboration with the New Zealand Treasury.

On the morning of the Kaitaia and Kaikohe workshops, participants will hear from the New Zealand Treasury’s Chief Economist Dr Girol Karacaoglu, followed by participants from the December TacklingPovertyNZ workshop. Participants will also hear from local speakers. These presentations will provide a broad national and local context for the conversation around how to tackle poverty in New Zealand. The afternoon’s discussions will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing the local community, and participants will then present their proposals for local solutions at a public event in the afternoon.


The workshops will take place at Te Ahu, Corner Matthews Ave & South Road, Kaitaia and at Kaikohe Memorial Hall, Memorial Ave, Kaikohe, and will each run from 9.00 to 5.00 pm. Both workshops will culminate in a public presentation by the participants from 4.00 to 5.00 pm, followed by refreshments. If you are interested in attending one of the workshops or public presentations, please register your interest at

About the TacklingPovertyNZ tour
2016 TacklingPovertyNZ Workshop Tour locations and dates:

–          Queenstown Workshop, 29 March 2016 – Completed

–          Manawatu Workshop, 15 August 2016 – Completed

–          Rotorua Workshop, 19 August 2016 – Completed

–          Gisborne Workshop, 31 August 2016 – Completed

–          Far North Workshops, 15 September 2016 and 16 September 2016workshop-booklet

About the March 2016 Queenstown workshop – Testing the process
The first one-day workshop was held in Queenstown on 29 March 2016 and was hosted by the Queenstown Lakes District Council. The purpose was to test our approach to see if a useful outcome could be achieved in one day. Discussion Paper 2016/01: A Queenstown Lakes District perspective on tackling poverty is now available online. A similar discussion paper will be produced from each tour workshop, and together these papers will provide an insight into the different regional perspectives on poverty in New Zealand, in order to inform national decision-making and to support local initiatives.

About the December 2015 Wellington workshop – The idea
In December 2015, the McGuinness Institute undertook a three-day workshop in collaboration with the New Zealand Treasury. The purpose was to explore ways to reduce poverty in New Zealand. To see the participants’ final presentation, or those of speakers, please watch the Institute’s YouTube TacklingPovertyNZ Playlist. To read their recommendations, download the workshop booklet (published 19 February 2016) or click here to learn more about the 2015 workshop. We have also released a video of participants presenting the workshop booklet at the New Zealand Treasury in March 2016, which you can watch here.

About the McGuinness Institute
The McGuinness Institute is a non-partisan think tank working towards a sustainable future, contributing strategic foresight through evidence-based research and policy analysis.

Links of interest:
TacklingPovertyNZ website:
McGuinness Institute website:

For further information please contact:
Wendy McGuinness                                                                                      
Chief Executive                                                                                                 
McGuinness Institute                                                                                   
+64 4 499 8888                                                                                               
021 781 200

Please contact Wendy McGuinness for Dr Girol Karacaoglu and Dame Dr Claudia Orange’s contact details.