MacsEvent1About 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.

Next Generation Debates: This tournament sees the best university teams engage in debates on important public policy decisions, with events held in Auckland and Wellington. The series is sponsored by the Friedlander Foundation.

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

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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
  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
  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. Read more

23 March, 2017
  Member only event
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Members' Lunch with Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman

Dr Jonathan Coleman is the Minister of Health and Minister for Sport and Recreation. He was elected to Parliament in 2005 and is the MP for Northcote which he holds with a 9664 majority.He has been a Cabinet Minister since 2008, and has previously held the portfolios of Immigration, Broadcasting, Associate Tourism, Associate Health, Defence, State Services, and Associate Finance.Prior to entering Parliament, Dr Coleman studied medicine at Auckland University. Read more

22 November, 2016
  Member only event
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The Local Manifesto Panel Discussion

Local government plays an important role, one that is often overlooked. When things like roading and recycling work well, they are barely noticed. But when it goes wrong, it can have national consequences – like Auckland’s housing crisis.That is why it is important to have the right policy settings in place to ensure that councils operate in an accountable, open and efficient manner. A sober assessment of New Zealand suggests that our highly centralised system strays wide of the mark, amid... Read more

21 November, 2016
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Members' Lunch with the Labour Party

Andrew Little was elected to Parliament in 2011, and Labour Party leader in 2014. His first job was as a solicitor for the Engineers Union (later EPMU), working on employment law and ACC issues. Andrew was appointed national secretary of the EPMU in 2000. He was elected president of the Labour Party in 2009 and has served on the boards of VUW, TEC, and WITT (Taranaki Polytechnic). Since becoming an MP he has held the ACC, Tourism, Justice and Labour portfolios. Read more

26 October, 2016
  Member only event
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A global lens on our digital future with Peter Cochrane

"In a connected world no man is an island and neither is his country” Economies and workforces are now globalised with wealth generation determined by the connectivity of national infrastructures, industrial investment and workforce adaptability. Read more

11 October, 2016
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Next Generation Debates 2016 Wellington Grand-final

Come along and listen to some of New Zealand’s top university debaters battle over the moot: This house believes New Zealand should accommodate 60,000 refugees per year. We have panellists Hon Paul Goldsmith, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (National) and Denise Roche, Spokesperson for Immigration, Pacific Peoples, and Ethnic Affairs (Green Party) Read more

24 August, 2016
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Members' Lunch with Henry Olsen

On 8 November, Americans will elect their 45th President. But this time will not be like any other Presidential election. The two main candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, are both lacking popularity. One is seen as the embodiment of the Washington establishment, resented by a large part of the public. The other hopes to ride a wave of populism to the White House, and is resented by another large part of the public. Read more

16 August, 2016
  Member only event
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Next Generation Debates 2016 Auckland Semi-final

Come along and listen to some of New Zealand’s top university debaters battle over the moot: This house would ban religious symbols in public. We have panellists Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy and former TV journalist Lindsay Perigo. Read more

15 August, 2016
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Next Generation Debates 2016 Wellington Semi-final

 Come along and listen to some of New Zealand’s top university debaters battle it out with the moot: This house would reduce household inequality by banning those with university degrees from marrying each other. We will have panellists Head of Research of The New Zealand Initiative Dr Eric Crampton and Senior Economist at Infometrics Matt Nolan. Read more

10 August, 2016
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Dinner Lecture with Stephen Jennings

On Thursday 14 July, the Initiative hosted Stephen Jennings for a dinner lecture. Jennings, the Taranaki-born economist and investor, has spent the past 24 years outside New Zealand. First he pioneered capital markets in post-communist Russia. Now he heads Africa’s largest urban development company, Rendeavour. Read more

14 July, 2016
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Members' Lunch with Hon Phil Goff and Vic Crone

Phil Goff is the current Mayor-elect of Auckland and the current Member of the New Zealand Parliament for Mount Roskill. During the Fifth Labour Government, in office from 1999 to 2008, he served in a number of ministerial portfolios, including Minister of Defence of New Zealand, Minister of Corrections, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control and Associate Minister of Finance. Read more

19 May, 2016
  Member only event

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