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.


Upcoming Public Forums


Members Events

Members' Retreat 2020
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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
  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
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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.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
  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,... Read more

21 November, 2016
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Members' Lunch with the Labour Party

Following on from the success of last year’s event, and a year out from the next election, this is a great opportunity to meet leading Labour politicians and privately discuss policy issues of common interest. 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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