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.

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research-ED Festival of Education

As a champion of education excellence, The New Zealand Initiative is proud to partner with researchED to bring the world’s most inspirational education festival to New Zealand.   If you are a teacher, school trustee, policymaker or parent, we invite you to join us for a day of myth-busting, questioning and debate about what and how we teach our children.researchED is an international movement, which brings the education community together to discuss and debate the evidence about what works. Read more

2 June, 2018
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Dinner lecture with Katharine Birbalsingh

Around the world, many education systems struggle to bring a high-quality education to those students who need it most: Students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.But in one London school, a knowledge miracle is happening. Guided by headmistress Katharine Birbalsingh, Michaela School is changing children’s lives by challenging them to learn.Described by Boris Johnson as an “incredible school”, Michaela School delivers where other schools often give up.Join us for an inspiring evening with a revolutionary in education.  Read more

31 May, 2018
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Members' Lunch with Hon David Parker

Hon David Parker serves as Attorney-General, Minister for Economic Development, Environment, and Trade and Export Growth and Associate Minister of Finance in the Sixth Labour Government. Read more

11 May, 2018
  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
  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
  Member only event
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Members' Retreat Dinner 2018

Hon. Peter Costello AC was Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia from March 1996 to December 2007.  He was Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia from May 1994 to November 2007. Read more

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

Many New Zealanders are concerned that declining fish stocks are threatening the future of recreational fishing, a hallmark of Kiwi life.The New Zealand Initiative shares this concern and has conducted research both in New Zealand and overseas to find better ways of managing the fish stocks important to recreational fishers.This research included studying best practice fisheries management in Western Australia. It also included a series of meetings up and down New Zealand to publicly debate draft policy recommendations. Join the New... Read more

4 December, 2017
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Welfare, Work and Wellbeing Panel Discussion

New Zealand deserves a welfare system that does more than provide a safety net for those who need it. It needs to provide ways for beneficiaries to realise their potential and lead meaningful and fulfilling lives. This is not happening at present. Abuse, neglect, addiction, youth justice interactions, lack of skills and wasted potential are too prevalent and too self-perpetuating. A welfare system must aim to remove misery not feed it. Promising initiatives have commenced but much remains to be done. Read more

28 November, 2017
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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.  Read more

22 November, 2017
  Member only event
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Members' Lunch: Trumponomics? Making sense of America’s direction

The first eight months of the Trump presidency have been a wild ride, both for U.S. domestic politics and international relations.To help us make sense of the Trump administration’s economic policies, and their relevance for America’s trading partners, ANZ and The New Zealand Initiative are delighted to host Daniel J. Mitchell for a special members’ lunch. He will give us the latest insights on what’s happening in DC on tax reform, Obamacare, fiscal policy, immigration, infrastructure, and other important economic... Read more

17 October, 2017
  Member only event
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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
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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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