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StrategyNZ is a McGuinness Institute project that builds on the TalentNZ vision of making New Zealand ‘a place where talent wants to live.’ StrategyNZ seeks to ensure that we have the long-term strategic thinking to deliver on this vision which was first articulated by Sir Paul Callaghan in 2011. What drives the StrategyNZ project is not what this vision promises, but what this vision requires in practical terms. Both parts of StrategyNZ aim to look at what government and the private sector needs to do today to deliver this vision tomorrow. It focuses on the levers that need to be pulled and investigates who needs to pull them.

This project has two parts which together look at how New Zealand can improve long-term strategic thinking and strategy stewardship. An explanation of both parts of the StrategyNZ project is provided below and their outputs, presentations and videos can be found on this website’s tabs above.

Part one (complete):

This work program focused on the possibilities and challenges of creating and implementing a broad, future-focused instrument such as a National Sustainable Development Strategy [NSDS] in New Zealand. This part of the project aims to encourage a conversation about New Zealand’s long-term future and asks ‘where do we want New Zealand to go?’

The investigation into the NSDS resulted in five reports published in 2007 and 2008. To read these, see Reports 1–5.

To complement this work the Institute hosted a workshop in March 2011, called StrategyNZ: Mapping our Future, which saw over one hundred New Zealanders discuss the nation’s long-term direction. Sir Paul Callaghan was the keynote speaker and in seven words he outlined his fundamental mission statement for this country – ‘a place where talent wants to live’. You can watch Sir Paul Callaghan’s address in the video below.



This also led to a separate but connected project, TalentNZ.

Part two (on-going):

This work focuses on strategy stewardship in the public sector and began in 2012. It aims to sketch a clearer picture of strategy implementation, formation and collation in the public sector in order to understand how we can design and implement strategies more effectively to manage New Zealand’s uncertain long-term future.

In particular this part of the project takes a closer look at government department strategies (GDSs) in operation. This analysis forms the GDS Index New Zealand and is published in report and website form. The Institute will publish the Index annually so that GDSs can be tracked and measured over time. All documents within the Government Department Strategies Index New Zealand can be found below and also at the GDS Index NZ website.

This aspect of StrategyNZ seeks to investigate how strategy stewardship can be strengthened in the public service so that GDSs (and potentially a NSDS-type instrument) can become more effective, transparent, measurable, empowering and durable through public consultation, engagement and ownership.

All reports, working papers, presentations and background papers for this part of StrategyNZ can be found on the Other Outputs tab above.

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