McGuinness Institute

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Formation 2004
Type Policy Think Tank
Chief Executive
Wendy McGuinness
Research Director
Rory Sarten
Formerly called
Sustainable Future Institute

The McGuinness Institute is a non-partisan think tank based in Wellington, New Zealand, working towards a sustainable future, contributing strategic foresight through evidence-based research and policy analysis. Established in 2004 by Wendy McGuinness,[1] the Institute endeavors to undertake research that is independent, innovative and relevant in a professional manner. Previously the Sustainable Future Institute, the McGuinness Institute changed its name in February 2012.[2]

The McGuinness Institute is currently engaged in three key projects: Project 2058, Genetic Modification, and Project Constitutional Review.[3] Two other projects, Project 2008 and Pandemic Management, have been completed.[4] The McGuinness Institute produces a number of publications, in the form of research reports, think pieces, newsletters, submissions, working papers, and filmed interviews.[5] As a registered charitable trust, the McGuinness Institute is also required to produce Annual Reports detailing its financial statements.[6]


Project 2058[edit]

Started in 2007, Project 2058 has the strategic aim of exploring New Zealand's long-term future by building a picture of what New Zealand might look like in 50 years' time. The project is divided into a series of reports, each covering an aspect important to New Zealand's future.[7] The StrategyNZ: Mapping our Future workshop was hosted by the Institute in March 2011. It is a central component of the Project 2058 work programme. Links to the website and related reports, including the workbook for participants, videos of the presentations, the resulting national strategies, and a review of strategic uncertainties that 'kept respondents awake at night', can be found on the Institute's website.[8]

Project Constitutional Review[edit]

In December 2010 Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and Māori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples announced that the Government will conduct a wide-ranging review of New Zealand's constitutional arrangements. Project Constitutional Review aims to build capacity so that New Zealanders – in particular youth between the ages of 18 and 25 – can engage with the Constitutional Advisory Panel in an informed and considered manner. The project has two main work streams: firstly, the Institute will follow the progress of the Constitutional Advisory Panel and report or research key elements or issues and make submissions when the opportunity arises. Secondly, the McGuinness Institute is planning to host a forum for young New Zealanders to discuss the current Constitutional Review.[9]

Project Genetic Modification[edit]

Two reports have been published in Project Genetic Modification, and a third is currently in progress. The Institute also maintains a timeline of events relating to genetic modification on their website.

Project Nation Dates[edit]

In 2011 the Institute published a book that presents a timeline of significant events that have shaped New Zealand as a nation.[10]

James Duncan Reference Library[edit]

The James Duncan Reference Library is located at the office of McGuinness Institute in Wellington. Named after the former Chair of the Commission for the Future, Professor James Duncan (1921–2001), the library has been established to provide a record of long-term thinking in New Zealand.[11]


  1. ^ Nation Dates. "Authors – Significant events that have shaped the nation of New Zealand". Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sustainable Future Institute Changes Name - Scoop News". Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "McGuinness Institute's Reports, Discussion Papers and Background Papers". Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "McGuinness Institute: Policy Analysis & Research". Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Publications, Sustainable Future Institute". Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  6. ^ See the New Zealand Sustainable Future Foundation entry on the Charities Commission website. [1]
  7. ^ "McGuinness Institute: Policy Analysis & Research". Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "McGuinness Institute: Policy Analysis & Research". Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "McGuinness Institute: Policy Analysis & Research". Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Unity Books". Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  11. ^ " » New library to be storeplace of long-term thinking". Retrieved 10 September 2014.