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.

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


Upcoming Public Forums

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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
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Future of Recreational Fishing Public Meetings

Have your say about the future of fishing. New Zealanders are keen fishers. But they are concerned about decreasing fish stock abundance. They are also concerned that access to stocks, we once took for granted, is increasingly coming under threat. 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
  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 a more transparent,... Read more

5 July, 2017
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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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