About our events

The New Zealand Initiative holds events throughout the year to promote debate, disseminate ideas, and connect with our supporters. Our events include public forums, conferences, and debates. We also organise outreach activities with secondary schools, universities, and young professionals.

Public Forums: The Initiative occasionally hosts larger public events with prominent international speakers. These events are a great opportunity to discuss ideas and meet new people in an informal setting.

Member-only Events: Exclusive to members to the Initiative.

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Members Events

Members' Retreat 2020
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research-ED Festival of Education

We partnered with researchED to reignite evidence-based education in New Zealand. On Saturday 2nd June, over 240 passionate educators, parents, researchers and school trustees gathered at Auckland Grammar School to discuss the evidence on effective education.Speakers, including Katharine Birbalsingh, Benjamin Evans, Melinda Webber, Michael Johnston and Elizabeth Rata, covered (amongst other things) early literacy instruction, the findings from John Hattie’s meta-analyses of education methods, how to improve University Entrance of Maori students in low decile schools, cognitive automaticity in maths,... Read more

2 June, 2018
Auckland
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Dinner lecture with Katharine Birbalsingh

On Thursday 31 May 2018, The New Zealand Initiative hosted Katharine Birbalsingh for a dinner lecture in Auckland.New Zealand-born Katharine Birbalsingh studied at Oxford University before becoming a teacher. She shot to fame after delivering a single speech to the Conservative Party’s 2010 annual conference. In this speech, she declared Britain's state education system “broken” because it kept "poor children poor."Four years later, Katharine had the chance to create a school different to those she had worked in and criticised. Read more

31 May, 2018
Auckland
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Members' Lunch with Hon David Parker

As Minister for Economic Development, the Environment, Trade and Export Growth as well as Attorney-General and Associate Minister of Finance, Hon David Parker has one of the widest portfolios in the coalition Government. We have invited him to speak on the Government’s economic strategy. With the CPTPP completed, the United States moving back towards the Pacific trade deal, and the NZ/EU Free Trade Agreement making slow progress, what are the prospects for trade policy? And how will the Government balance... Read more

11 May, 2018
Auckland
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Members' Breakfast with Mayor Phil Goff

Before his election in October 2016, the Initiative hosted Phil Goff to explain his visions for the ‘City of Sails’. Now, half-way through his first term as Mayor, Phil Goff will give an update on his strategies for transport, housing affordability and urban development.About the speaker Read more

4 May, 2018
Auckland
  Member only event
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Dinner with Hon Dr Andrew Leigh

Hon Dr Andrew Leigh, MP, is Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was Professor of Economics at the Australian National University. Read more

5 April, 2018
Wellington
  Member only event
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Members' Retreat 2018

Our Retreat is the chance to discuss social and economic issues with members and bring those issues to the attention of New Zealand’s leading politicians. Read more

8 March, 2018
Auckland
  Member only event
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Members' Retreat Dinner 2018

The New Zealand Initiative is organising a dinner with Hon Peter Costello AC in Auckland on Thursday 8 March 2018.About the speaker Read more

8 March, 2018
Auckland
  Member only event
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The Future Catch Panel Discussion

The Future Catch was launched with a panel discussion in Wellington on 4 December.Randall Bess (report author), Stuart Nash (Minister of Fisheries), Sir Mark Solomon (Deputy Chair, Te Ohu Kaimoana) and Bob Gutsell (Vice President, New Zealand Sport Fishing Council) discussed the issues facing the recreational fishing sector. Panel members also fielded questions from a crowd of more than 100 people. Although audience members from different fishing sectors had different views about fisheries management, everyone shared our concerns about the... Read more

4 December, 2017
Wellington
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Members' Lunch with Hon Phil Twyford

The new Labour-led Government has made housing and transport policy one of its core policy areas. This makes Minister Phil Twyford one of the key figures of the new Cabinet.About the speaker Read more

22 November, 2017
Auckland
  Member only event
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Next Generation Debates 2017 Grand final (Victoria vs Auckland)

The Initiative hosted the sixth annual Next Generation Debates. Top debaters from the Universities of Auckland, Victoria, Canterbury and Otago debated a wide range of topics. The series was generously supported by the Friedlander Foundation.The semi-final and final debates were followed by a panel discussion, with panellists giving their views on the moot, and engaging in lively Q&A sessions. This year, we welcomed David Seymour, Leader – ACT Party; Julie Anne Genter, Spokesperson for Auckland Issues, Health, Transport and Youth... Read more

23 August, 2017
Wellington
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Next Generation Debates 2017 Wellington Semi-final (Otago vs Victoria)

Victoria University goes to the grand final of The New Zealand Initiative’s Next Generation Debates. They won in the Wellington semi-final from the University of Otago on the moot This House believes that millennials need to get better with money if they want to become homeowners. Hon Peter Dunne (Minister of Internal Affairs) and Diane Maxwell (Retirement Commissioner) commented on the debate in a panel session.Said Hon Peter Dunne: “The debates showcased the talent of the four debaters from their... Read more

15 August, 2017
Wellington
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Next Generation Debates 2017 Auckland Semi-final (Auckland vs Canterbury)

The University of Auckland has won the Auckland semi-final of The New Zealand Initiative’s Next Generation Debates. They prevailed against a team from the University of Canterbury on the moot This House believes that New Zealand should lower its current migrant intake. David Seymour (ACT Party Leader) and Julie-Anne Genter (Green Party MP) commented on the debate in a panel session. Said Julie-Anne Genter: “It is great to see engagement from young people in vital policy and political issues of... Read more

14 August, 2017
Auckland

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