PublicScienceNZ is a McGuinness Institute project that aims to contribute to a discussion on how to invest in science for the long-term benefit of New Zealand.


This project aims to contribute to the limited dialogue concerning the government-funded science system, in the hope that New Zealand invests its research dollar well and delivers sustainable outcomes for current and future generations.
The project was established in 2012 and is ongoing.

Report 9: Science Embraced: Government-funded science under the microscope (February 2012)

To read more about Public Science, please see here.


The aim of the project is to monitor developments in genetic modification and related policy both in New Zealand and overseas to examine whether our regulatory scheme is fit for purpose.

Report 16 (Project 2058) – Full Report: An Overview of Genetic Modification in New Zealand 1973-2013: The first forty years (September 2013)

To read more about Genetic Modification, please see here.


The aim of this project is to learn from past one-off events in order to be more resilient in the future.

In 2006, the Institute completed a report titled  Managing the Business Risk of a Pandemic: Lessons from the past and a checklist for the future (June 2006). This Report reviewed past epidemic and pandemic events in order to suggest ways to make New Zealand more resilient.

To read more about Pandemic Management, please see here.