McGuinness Institute


The McGuinness Institute is a non-partisan think tank working towards a sustainable future for New Zealand. Led by Chief Executive Wendy McGuinness, the Institute applies hindsight, insight and foresight, and undertakes research and analysis with a view to contributing to a national conversation about New Zealand’s long-term future.

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20 Dec 2016

Undertaking experiments in public policy is like any other innovation – it requires a mix of disruption, a committed and talented team, and, most importantly, the courage of leaders to let go of bad rules and explore new ways of doing things. This approach can...



25 May 2016

In response to a Government request, the Productivity Commission is currently undertaking an inquiry into ‘new models of tertiary education’. At a time when the technological and social climate is changing so rapidly that our current model is struggling to keep up, this inquiry presents...

Journal article

10 May 2016

Cïvitäs plays out in the real world in terms of how we work together as a family, a tribe, a community, a country and as stewards of the planet. Success or failure can be judged by how well we are managing, or not managing, a...


17 Mar 2016

Cities are becoming self-aware. Despite re-emerging as a political force within the volatile context of a global market economy, cities are currently struggling to position themselves within a tangled network of private companies, national interest and a mobile population of highly-educated knowledge workers.



13 Apr 2015

Introduction: This paper provides a snapshot of the legal instruments composing the oceans management regime in New Zealand. Whilst the Institute accepts that this is by no means a comprehensive collection, it has provided an initial selection of statutes, regulations and orders to illustrate...