The McGuinness Institute is a non-partisan think tank working for the public good, contributing strategic foresight through evidence-based research and policy analysis. We endeavour to undertake research that is independent, innovative and relevant in a professional, ethical and honest manner. Further, the Institute places a great value on inclusiveness and accessibility and works hard to respect cultural and demographic diversity.

About the Authors
The Government department strategies (GDSs) publications are authored by the following individuals:

Wendy McGuinness
Wendy is the founder and chief executive of the McGuinness Institute. Originally from the King Country, Wendy went on to study at Manukau Technical Institute (gaining an NZCC), University of Auckland (BCom), University of Otago (MBA), Massey University (completing a range of environmental papers) and Harvard (completing the Executive Programme on Driving Corporate Performance). In 2009 she received a fellowship from the NZICA, becoming a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) for outstanding contribution to the accountancy profession and service to the community. Specialising in risk management, she prepared the 1988 report Implementation of Accrual Accounting for Government Departments, written the book Nation Dates: Significant events that have shaped the nation of New Zealand and attended four World Futures conferences. She continues to be fascinated by the development and implementation of public policy, in particular how New Zealand might secure its future in the long-term and in doing so, how New Zealand might become an exemplar for the world.

Madeleine Foreman
Madeleine is a fifth-year student at Victoria University of Wellington studying towards a BA/LLB.

George Spittle
George holds an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington and is now completing a degree in economics.

Renata Mokena-Lodge
Renata graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with an LLB in 2013 and was admitted to the Bar in July 2014.

Hannah Steiner-Mitchell
Hannah is the project manager at the McGuinness Institute. She graduated from the University of Otago with a BA Hons in politics in 2011.

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