The Institute facilitates workshops on public policy issues that are strategic, complex, and long-term in nature. We provide core funding for the workshops but always welcome other organisations and individuals who are interested in supporting such conversations. Support may include: (i) offering the use of premises, (ii) covering catering, travel and/or accomodation costs for participants and/or (iii) covering travel and accommodation costs for speakers.

We host two different types of workshops: specific one-off workshops that usually evolve from our work programme, and regular workshops for 18–25 year olds interested in a specific public policy issue. There are links to each of the workshop websites below. See the publications produced from previous workshops on the publications page here.

​COVID-19 Update

Given that New Zealand is currently experiencing a pandemic, the Institute is not planning to host any workshops in 2020.
We may host a number of virtual workshops later in the year. Topics may include foresight (scenarios), pandemics, supply chain risk and/or climate change reporting.

If any of these topics are of interest, please check out our events page periodically, where you can subscribe and register your interest. Thank you!

Specific one-off workshops 

TCFD Workshop: Practical steps for implementation

16-17 October 2019

The Institute partnered with Simpson Grierson to deliver two workshops in Auckland and Wellington on 16 and 17 October 2019 to explore the Recommendations of the TCFD (the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures).

The sessions were intended to give attendees a practical overview of the TCFD recommendations from an implementation perspective. Participants heard from a range of speakers including Michele Embling (XRB), Kirk Hope (BusinessNZ), Christina Hood (RBNZ) and Ann Smith (Enviro-Mark Solutions). Particular thanks must go to Michael Zimonyi, the Policy & External Affairs Director of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB), who facilitated the workshops, and to Hon James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change, who joined us in Wellington to share a government perspective.

A post-workshop survey on attitudes towards the TCFD was sent to the participants and extended to the public, you can view the survey results here.  More information and PowerPoints from the speakers can be found here.

A Point of Vanishing Stability Workshop

30 May 2019

Held at the National Library of New Zealand and open to the public. The event brought a variety of speakers together to explore how New Zealand can respond to the challenges of climate change. The end goal of this event was to contribute to a national climate strategy that provides an urgent yet considered response to climate change. The speakers explored ideas on what a successful strategy might look like through a wellbeing lens. Attendees were invited to participate in a workshop following the presentation to discuss a climate change strategy using Steward Brand’s Pace Layers Thinking Model as a framework to explore relationships between macro trends and long term impacts on climate change mitigation and adaptation. For more information, see the blog here.

CivicsNZ Workshop

2 September 2015, 27 October 2015 and 19 November 2015

Together with the Royal Society of New Zealand, the Institute ran three workshops that made up The Civics and Media Project. The workshops were held in Wellington (2 September and 19 November 2015) and Auckland (27 October 2015). The project brought together six agencies to examine whether citizens and communities have the news and information they need and want in a digital age. The project aims to inform and encourage public discourse and engagement regarding civics and media, with the ultimate aim of informing decisions by individuals, industries and institutions across society.

Workshop 3 focused on the question ‘how do we ensure a well-informed, civically engaged New Zealand in 2030?’ The full-day workshop involved collecting ideas in the morning from a diverse range of speakers and then working in self-selected groups in the afternoon to develop a workshop booklet.

This workshop forms part of our CivicsNZ Project, please see our project website here.

TacklingPovertyNZ (Regional) Workshop


One of the observations made by participants at the 2015 TacklingPovertyNZ workshop was that poverty in New Zealand is too complex an issue to be overcome with a blanket solution. Instead, solutions must be sought at a local level to acknowledge that poverty has vastly differing consequences for people in different areas of New Zealand. This is a daunting prospect, requiring an enormous amount of difficult and rigorous work. As a first step in this direction, TacklingPovertyNZ has toured the country with a series of one-day workshops specifically designed to provide a platform for local voices to address poverty. For more information, see the project website here.

Government Department StrategyNZ Workshop

14 July 2016

This workshop explored how New Zealand might better prepare government department strategy documents and discussed good practice in public strategy development as well as the day-to-day issues this presents.
This workshop forms part of our StrategyNZ Project, please see the project website here.

StrategyNZ Workshop

28, 29, 30 and 31 March 2011

The StrategyNZ: Mapping our Future course and workshop was hosted by the Institute in March 2011. This event brought together participants from around New Zealand and challenged them to work in groups to develop strategy maps that showed their vision for New Zealand and how we get there. For more information visit the StrategyNZ website. A big thank you goes to the New Zealand Post Group, Willis Bond & Co, Air New Zealand, Wellington City Council, Singapore Airlines, Palladium Strategy, Te Wharewaka o Poneke, Kensington Swan Lawyers, KPMGDeloitte and Scratch Design for their support of this workshop. This workshop forms part of our StrategyNZ project. Please see our project website here.

Regular workshops for 18-25 year olds

KiMuaNZ Workshop


From Sunday, 1 July 2019 to Thursday, 3 July 2019 the Institute hosted a four-day KiMuaNZ: Exploring climate futures workshop. The workshop aimed to highlight the perspectives of young New Zealanders on adapting to and mitigating climate change, and focused on exploring different future scenarios and strategies for New Zealand and our Pacific neighbours within a climate changing world. 

This workshop forms part of our ClimateChangeNZ Project, please see our project website here.

WakaNZ Workshop


From 4.00 pm Sunday, 19 November 2017 to Wednesday, 22 November 2017 the Institute, in collaboration with the New Zealand Treasury, hosted a four-day workshop. The aim of the workshop was to explore what a preferred future might look like in a post-Treaty settlement New Zealand.

This workshop forms part of our ForesightNZ Project, please see our project website here.

ForesightNZ Workshop

27, 28 and 29 April 2016

Day one of this workshop focused on gathering information from a variety of speakers on what the concepts of prosperity, sustainability and inclusion mean for New Zealand. Day two focused on learning and applying foresight tools in order to turn the information from day one into a range of potential narratives about New Zealand’s long-term future. At this stage of the workshop, participants had their ideas stress-tested by experts in the field of futures thinking. Day three focused on communicating conclusions from the workshop to Treasury officials through storytelling and design. These observations and reflections will be published later this year in a workshop booklet and a pack of ForesightNZ playing cards.
This workshop forms part of our ForesightNZ Project, please see our project website here.

TacklingPovertyNZ Workshop

7, 8 and 9 December 2015

This workshop brought together 36 young New Zealanders between the ages of 18 and 25 to prepare a youth perspective on the issue of poverty in New Zealand and how we as a country might go about tackling it. Participants spent most of their 72 hours in Wellington working hard at Treasury, in order to present their findings to MPs and other guests at the finale in Parliament on Wednesday, 9 December 2015. Outputs from the workshop are: a pre-workshop video, videos of speakers’ presentations, a workshop highlights video, a video of the finale presentation and a booklet of the participants’ findings. A big thank you to the New Zealand Treasury for their support.
This workshop forms part of our TacklingPovertyNZ Project, please see our project website here.

LocalNZ Workshop

16, 17, 18 and 19 November 2014

This workshop connected 35 New Zealanders between the ages of 18 and 25, providing a space for them to identify existing and emerging opportunities and challenges for local communities. This initiative aimed to create an informed, focused and networked group of young New Zealanders able to engage effectively with government and the communities in which they live. Outputs from the workshop include: the results of the photography competition and the LocalNZ youth survey; the publication A Youth Statement on Regional Goals; the documentary The Deep Country: New Zealand visits the Whanganui River; and videos of interviews, a Q & A session and the participants’ presentations at Parliament.

A big thank you goes to the New Zealand Treasury, Wellington City Council, Victoria University of Wellington, MacDiarmid Institute, Royal Society of New Zealand, Whanganui District Council and Whanganui River Māori Trust Board for their support of this workshop.This workshop forms part of the McGuinness Institute’s TalentNZ project. Please see the TalentNZ website here  or the LocalNZ website here for more information.

LivingStandardsNZ Workshop

3, 4 and 5 December 2013

The LivingStandardsNZ workshop was a collaboration between the Treasury and the McGuinness Institute that ran from 3-5 December 2013. 28 young people attended the Government Economics Network (GEN) Conference followed by a two-day workshop where they explored ‘policy knots’, using the Living Standards Framework to resolve complex and long-term issues. In collaboration with a team of talented young designers, the outcomes of this workshop are published in the 2013 Youth Living Standards Framework for New Zealand booklet, which describes what they learnt and what they think other youth in New Zealand need to know about how public policy can align with the way we want to live. A big thank you goes to the New Zealand Treasury for its support of this workshop. Videos of the other outputs: the ‘Living Legend’ skit, and the participants’ final presentation of their findings to Treasury officials and the public are available to view on our YouTube channel or the LivingStandardsNZ website which can be found here.

LongTermNZ Workshop

10 and 11 December 2012

LongTermNZ was a five-day workshop where 27 young people were brought together to attend the Affording Our Future conference (10–11 December), and then spent three days work-shopping the key issues raised at the conference. Teamed with three talented young designers, the group drafted a ‘Youth Statement on New Zealand’s Long-term Fiscal Position’ which put in their own words what they learnt and what they thought other youth in New Zealand need to know. The participants reconvened in April 2013 to present their reflections to the Treasury. Their presentation included reactions of youth to the fiscal situation, possible options for the future and strategies for engaging youth. A big thank you goes to the New Zealand Treasury and Victoria University of Wellington for their support of this workshop. For more information visit the LongTermNZ website here.

EmpowerNZ Workshop

28 and 29 August 2012

50 participants between the ages of 16 and 28 came to Parliament from throughout New Zealand to draft a constitution for the 21st century. New Zealand is one of the few countries this century to invite citizens to review their nation’s constitution. The August workshop aimed to create a space in which young New Zealanders could explore the future of this country’s constitutional arrangements and contribute to the current review of constitutional issues. A big thank you to Te Papa Tongarewa for its support of this workshop. For more information visit the EmpowerNZ website here.