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' 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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Future of Recreational Fishing Public Meetings

To promote our policy recommendations on recreational fisheries management, The New Zealand Initiative organised a series of public consultation meetings. Randall Bess travelled to five locations in the South Island and nine in the North Island to gather feedback on his recommendations for improving recreational fisheries in New Zealand.Several hundred people attended the meetings to hear Randall talk about his draft report, The Future Catch.Following the public consultation, the report’s final recommendations were presented to the new government at the... Read more

14 August, 2017
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Members' Lunch with Hon Steven Joyce

The New Zealand Initiative invites you to a members’ lunch with Hon Steven Joyce.Hon Steven Joyce has been a key minister in the National-led government for many years. As Minister of Finance, he just delivered his budget and is responsible for the government’s fiscal strategy.Please join us for a discussion of National’s plans for the economy ahead of the September election. Read more

7 July, 2017
Auckland
  Member only event
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Amplifying Excellence Panel Discussion

Parents want good schools and good teachers for their children, and most educators want to pass their knowledge to their students. The New Zealand Initiative’s analyses discovered that too many students leave school unqualified, and many others languish in low performing schools. This is why parents deserve better information to assist them to make critical schooling decisions instead of relying on current league tables. Join the NZ initiative for the launch of “Amplifying Excellence” as we propose new pathways towards... Read more

5 July, 2017
Wellington
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Members' Lunch with Hon Amy Adams

After the December reshuffle, the New Zealand government includes, for the first time, a Minister for Social Investment. In Hon Amy Adams, the Investment Approach now has a prominent seat at the cabinet table - she is ranked 6th in Prime Minister English's administration. Read more

4 May, 2017
Auckland
  Member only event
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Members' Retreat 2017

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

23 March, 2017
Auckland
  Member only event
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Members' Retreat Dinner 2017

Trade after Brexit: The future of UK/NZ relations with guest speaker: The Rt. Hon. Peter Lilley MP, former UK Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.Following its decision to withdraw from the European Union, Britain will regain control over its trade policies. This opens new opportunities for the UK but also for its traditional trading partners such as New Zealand.As a former UK Trade and Industry Secretary and a member of the House of Commons Committee on Exiting the European... Read more

23 March, 2017
Auckland
  Member only event

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