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.

Recent events

1 June 2017: Interview with Paul Philpott from Square Roots, New York
During her trip to New York Wendy visited and interviewed Paul Philpott (see photo to the right), one of ten farmer/entrepreneurs of Square Roots (an initiative bringing fresh produce to the people of New York City). Wendy spoke to Paul about the future of farming in big cities. You can read the interview on our blog.

3 June 2017: World Science Festival 2017 – The Future of Farming: Programming perfect produce (New York)
Wendy attended the World Science Festival 2017 – The Future of Farming: Programming perfect produce in New York where she watched a demonstration of ‘food computers’, which are enclosed, programmable containers that allow you to simulate any environment for growing different crops. Read more about this event on our blog.



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.